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Getting Your Kids to Play Outside

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Learn tips for getting your kids to play outside.
Air Date: 5/11/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Tanya Altmann, MD
DrTanya labcoatA leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Sharecare Advisory Board member Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts. Dr. Tanya has served on the board of the National Association of Medical Communicators and the executive board of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Communications and Media. She completed her internship and residency at UCLA, received her medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College.
Getting Your Kids to Play Outside
In the past ten years, the dynamic of child’s play has changed.

Today’s adults grew up in a world where outside activity was a normal part of daily life. Meanwhile, today’s children have the world at their fingertips... all from their devices. They don’t see the value of a run for fun in the sun. It’s gotten so bad that some parents have to force a technology time-out, making outdoor playtime seem like punishment.

Start a daily routine of going outside early in your child's life. Don't allow screens outside. Free play and running around are great for family involvement.

As your child gets older, encourage sports participation. If Junior isn't interested in team sports, karate, cycling and gymnastics are great options. Physical education in school may be restricted by the drive for improved academics. Be sure your child has some outdoor activities after the school day ends.

Bad weather? Create an indoor obstacle course or have a dance party. Active video games are another fun way to get the whole family moving.

Listen in as Dr. Tanya Altmann shares tips on how to get your kids to play outside.
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