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GBMC: How to Keep Your Kids Active This Year

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How to Keep Your Kids Active

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 years do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Parents will be looking for ways to keep their children physically active when some school systems will start the new academic year with distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The continued at-home learning environment might continue to increase risk factors for childhood obesity that are often associated with the annual summer break. Exercise is especially important for kids because it can reduce stress, prevent weight gain, and boost the immune system. Christina Penny, DPT, OMPT physical therapist for Active Life Physical Therapy, a GBMC affiliate, shares what parents need to know about keeping their kids active to reduce risk factors for childhood obesity despite school closures.

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