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Benefits of an Active Lifestyle for Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about an active lifestyle?

An active lifestyle means your child does physical activity throughout the day. Any activity that gets your child up and moving is part of an active lifestyle. Physical activity includes exercise such as walking or lifting weights. It also includes playing sports. Physical activity is different from other kinds of activity, such as reading a book. This kind of activity is called sedentary. A sedentary lifestyle means your child sits or does not move much during the day. An active lifestyle has many benefits, such as helping your child prevent or manage health conditions.

What are the benefits of an active lifestyle?

What are the risks of a sedentary lifestyle?

A sedentary lifestyle increases your child's risk for diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Your child's immune system also becomes weaker. This means it cannot fight infections well.

How much activity does my child need?

What steps can I take to help my child create an active lifestyle?

What are some tips to help my child stay on track?

What do I need to know about nutrition and activity?

Healthy foods will give your child the energy he or she needs to be active. Activity and good nutrition work together to help your child reach or maintain a healthy weight. Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, cooked beans, whole-grain breads, and low-fat dairy products. Your child's healthcare provider can help you create a healthy meal plan. He or she can tell you how many calories your child needs to stay active and still lose weight if needed.

Healthy Foods

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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