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Exercise: Important for the Whole Family

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: A healthy lifestyle is more than just good nutrition. Kids also need a regular exercise regimen to keep them healthy and fit.
Air Date: 4/16/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Exercise: Important for the Whole Family
Instilling the concept of a healthy lifestyle involves more than just good nutrition. Kids also need a regular exercise regimen to keep them healthy and fit.

There is no scarcity of activities that you can make available to your child, and all kids can find some form of exercise that they enjoy.

If you can get your child interested in an activity when he's young, exercise is likely to become a habit that lasts for many decades.

Getting 45 to 60 minutes of activity on as many days as possible is an important and achievable goal. Even if the total activity time is broken up into 15-minute segments, your child is still reaping the benefits.

Getting teenagers into the routine of exercising increases the likelihood that they will grow up to value healthy living and stay active.

For younger children, it may take concerted efforts of parents, schools and communities to counter the many diversions vying for a youngster's time and attention.

Dr. Cori Cross and Melanie Cole, MS, give you the best tips for getting your children active, healthy and fit.
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