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Get in the fun Parents!!!

Parents can play a key role in helping their child become more physically active. Here are 11 suggestions:

  • Lead by example – be physically active yourself.

  • Emphasize fun. Help your child find a sport that they enjoy. The more they enjoy the activity, the more likely they will be to continue it. Get the entire family involved. It is a great way to spend time together.

  • Provide a safe environment. Make sure your child's equipment and where they practice or play is safe. Make sure your child's clothing is comfortable and appropriate for the activity.

  • Provide active toys. Young children especially need easy access to balls, jump ropes, and other active toys.

  • Make sure that some family outings offer opportunities for physical activity, such as playing sport together.

  • Encourage your child to walk or ride their bicycle for short trips, rather than rely on you to drive them.

  • Make time for exercise. Some children are so overscheduled with homework, music lessons, and other planned activities that they do not have time for exercise.

  • Support your child’s efforts in sport. Make sure you’re there at each training session or match, cheering them on from the sidelines.

  • Set time limits on sedentary activities like computer games and television.

  • Consult with your child’s school on ways to encourage greater participation in sports and physical activity.

  • Do not overdo activity. Exercise and physical activity should not hurt. If it becomes painful, your child should slow down or try a less vigorous activity. As with any activity, it is important not to overdo it. If exercise starts to interfere with school or other activities, talk with your child's doctor.​

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