Take Active Breaks

Kids grow best in motion: Encourage 1 hour of physical activity a day.

If your family is primarily at home, set a timer for walking or movement breaks. At the beginning of the day, plan where you will walk or what exercise your will do each time the timer goes off. Even if you just play follow the leader around the home, you’re still moving! Active play every day is important to maintain a healthy weight. Moving also helps your child’s brain development. Everyone in the family needs physical activity for a healthy heart, bones, muscles, and brain. Encourage aerobic activity to increase the heart rate and remember to stretch to reduce the risk of sore muscles or injury.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends SHAPE America’s Multi-Game Fitness Deck for youth, which is available here: https://www.shapeamerica.org/uploads/pdfs/2020/resources/SuperDeck-Color-Your-Own.pdf

Print six copies of the deck and color and cut out the cards. If you don’t have access to a printer, create your own. A variety of games are available for different age groups. These are perfect for active breaks and can be done inside or outside.

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