A Note to Parents:
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Here are the fitness recommendations for children ages 6 and older:
A total of 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity (keep in mind that children are typically active in short bursts). Each day should include 1 or more of the following activities:
- At least three days out of seven should include things like brisk walking, running, hopping, skipping, dancing, bicycling, jumping rope, and swimming. These are things that get your heart pumping more for a while!
- At least three days out of seven should include things like using playground equipment, climbing trees, or playing tug-of-war. These are things that really use the muscles in your arms and legs!
- At least three days out of seven should include things like running, jumping rope, basketball, tennis, and hopscotch. These are things that keep your bones strong!
- Activities Chart
- Something to write with
- Crossword Puzzle (Optional Activity)
Put up the Activities Chart on your refrigerator. For one week help your child write down activities that got their heart pumping (aerobic physical activity), made them use the muscles in their arms and legs (muscle-building physical activity), and keep their bones strong (bone-building physical activity).
See if you can keep your child writing things down all summer!
Try the crossword puzzle below! If your child needs some hints, share the list of activities suggested above.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Chapter 3: Active Children and Adolescents.
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