Keeping Children Active this Summer

Keeping Children Active this Summer

May 29, 2024 in News, Parent Education & Support

School is out, children are home and summer has started! Regional Medical Center (RMC) Parents as Teachers (PAT) encourages parents and caregivers to inspire their child(ren) to stay active throughout each day. Staying physically active throughout the day can promote growth and development.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) children 3-5 years old should be physically active on a daily basis and those 6-17 years old need at least 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day. 

Knowing the recommendations is a great starting point to know how to keep children physically active. Activities can range from informal, active play to organized sports. Start early. By encouraging lots of safe unstructured play, it can help build a strong foundation for an active lifestyle. 

Some ways to inspire this lifestyle is by making it fun, part of the family routine, positive and most importantly outside. Instead of watching television after dinner, try suggesting a fun physical activity outside (ex: family walk, bike ride or playing chase). Staying physically active is essential for children’s growth and development. Parents and caregivers play a vital role in creating opportunities for children to be physically active every day. Look for more parental support by reaching out to the RMC Parents as Teachers (563-927-7685) or visit