As the weather warms up, it’s important for all of us to get outside and be active, and May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If your kids aren’t involved in soccer, baseball, softball, or some other warm-weather sport, here are some resources to help you get them off the couch and moving.
- The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has tips for everyone in the family to add physical activity throughout their day, the We Can program, energy balance to maintain proper weight, and tips for reducing screen time.
- Be sure to check out National PTA’s energy balance program, created in partnership with Together Counts.
- The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has an extended article on the importance of physical activity for children and adolescents, complete with suggestions on various types of activities to meet goals in aerobic activity, muscle strengthening, and bone strengthening.
- The President’s Challenge Physical Activity, Nutrition & Fitness Awards Program guide provides tools to help set goals for both physical activity and healthy eating over a six-week period. Take the challenge with your kids!
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit complete with PowerPoints to kick off a program, tools for running a program, and much more.