Health 2006

Thursday, June 29, 2006

How to engage kids in regular physical activity?

It is common for America's kids to sit in front of the TV all day with a popcorn in one hand and bottle of soda in another. Why is this child sitting in front of the TV? What keeps him inside? Where are his parents? What do they think about their child's sedentism? Or Do they think about it? Reality is cruel. Children spend more time indoors because there is a lack of 'green space' outside, depending on where do you live. Of course the most affected communities are in low-income neighborhoods. If child is obese, he will stay inside the house mostly because he is afraid of teasing and humiliation from surrounding teens. Usually, parents are working almost 24/7, therefore there is no time to cook or to spend time with their child doing some physical activity or simply walking on the beach. I hope one day we will find solutions to these painful questions and situations.
Current recommendations state that children and adults should strive for at least 30 minutes daily of moderate intensity physical activity (Pate, Pratt et al., 1995). An alternate approach that may be equally beneficial would be to engage in 5- (Blair & Connelly, 1996) to 10-minute (NIH, 1995) bouts of moderate intensity activity throughout the day, for a total accumulation of at least 30 minutes for adolescents and adults and 60 minutes for children (Pangrazi, Corbin, & Welk, 1996). Walking briskly or biking for pleasure or transportation, swimming, engaging in sports and games, participating in physical education, and doing tasks in the home and garden may all contribute to accumulated physical activity.


  • At 2:42 AM, Blogger hetera (UK) said…

    It is really cruel!There's no "green space"...Only buildings are surrounding us...What can be done to fix this?Children need more space,there they could play and have fun!NO TV! Let's go outside!:)And try to find green space:)

  • At 8:45 AM, Blogger Liudmila said…

    Let's do this!!!!

  • At 4:37 AM, Blogger Spider63 said…

    Fat kids are sick and they need help. Growing up obese is like a death sentence. Obesity needs to be treated like a serious illness.


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