Happy & Healthy: Physical Activity for Kids

  • Topic Info:Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle for your child.

    In combination with healthy eating, physical activity can help prevent a range of chronic diseases, help control weight, build lean muscle, reduce fat, promote strong bone, muscle and joint development, and decrease the risk of obesity.

    Children need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow into (and maintain) a healthy weight.

    What if your kid would rather sit inside playing video games than get out and "play"?

    Encouraging your child to get active might be easier than you think.

    For a snack before or after physical activities, serve crackers and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, trail mix, containers of cut-up fruit and sliced vegetables with a low-fat dip.

    They secret behind that is making it all about FUN!  

    Angela Lemond, a dietitian mom who specializes in child nutrition, discusses creative ways to maximize the “energy out” that will keep your kids happy and healthy.
  • Host: Melanie Cole, MS