Walking and physical activity such as biking, swimming, and running have been shown to significantly improve physical, emotional, and social health for all ages. With our busy schedules and increased screen-time the challenge is finding the time and meaningful motivation to achieve a balanced lifestyle to stay active.
How many steps are recommended for children? Why is it important? What are some strategies to stay motivated as a family? Where can these ideas be implemented?
HOW MUCH WALKING IS RECOMMENDED FOR MY CHILD?
A systematic review from 2011 indicated that elementary school aged boys should be taking 13,000-15,000 steps/day and girls 11,000-12,000 steps/day. A pedometer is a portable device, such as a FitBit, that counts steps. This will give the most accurate reading of actual steps taken. The correlation of steps is in accordance to evidence-based recommendations of 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity for children.
WHY IS WALKING SO IMPORTANT?
Increasing physical activity can lead to improved cardiovascular fitness, improved metabolism, and an increase in caloric expenditure, which can decrease the risk for obesity, improving the overall health of our children and families.
WHAT CAN FAMILIES DO?
OTHER FUN WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE
Written by: The PT Dept. for Oceanside Therapy Group
Source: Tudor-Locke C, Craig C, Beets M, Belton S, et al: How many steps/day are enough? For children and adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2011, 8:78.
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Some fun facts about Dr. Seuss...
-Dr. Seuss real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel.
-He was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield Massachusetts.
-Dr. Seuss wasn’t really a doctor.
-Dr. Seuss used Dr. as part of his name because his father always wanted him to be a doctor.
-Dr. Seuss was an author, poet, screenwriter, illustrator, film producer, television producer, songwriter, animator and visual artist.
-Before writing children’s books Dr. Seuss wrote advertisements for General Electric, Standard Oil, NBC and other companies.
-Dr. Seuss is credited for the first person using the word Nerd. He used the word in his book If I Ran the Zoo in 1950.
-Dr. Seuss did not have any children of his own.
-Dr. Seuss once said that the character the Grinch is based on himself!
-The book Green Eggs and Ham only contains 50 different words. He wrote the book based on a bet. A publisher bet him that he couldn’t write a book using few words. Dr. Seuss won the bet!
-His children’s books have been translated in over 15 languages.
-Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991.
Source: Kidsplayandcreate. "Dr. Seuss Facts and Quotes for Kids." Fun Activities for Kids. Kids Play and Create, 07 June 2016. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.