Check Your Health: Keeping kids active with back to school

Check Your Health - Daily Physical Activity for Kids

(KUTV) School starts this week for the majority of Utah students. The transition from summer time to school schedules can sometimes be difficult for kids and parents. Children will spend more time in the classroom and doing homework and less time engaging in physical activity. However, it's important for all kids to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Sarah Roundy, School Health Coordinator at the Utah Department of Health stopped by to give us some ways to keep kids physically active:

Walking and biking to school

  • Walking or biking to school allows children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
  • This also provides a unique opportunity to spend a few car-free moments talking about safety, responsibility, and community.
  • Walk or bike the safe route to school with your child. Make sure to point out hazards to your children.

Physical activity at home

  • Quiz me - while reviewing math, spelling, or vocabulary have your student be physically active by tossing a ball or doing local motor movements.
  • Rev-up reading - when reading at home be sure to allow physical activity breaks every 20 minutes.
  • Walk and talk - Parents often times will want to talk to students about things at school (grades, upcoming tests, etc.) Take a walk with your children to discuss these things while being physically active.
  • Go green - Help the environment by walking around the neighborhood or school grounds and pick up trash.

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