One Step At a Time: Helping Young Children Be Active!
   

Importance of Physical Activity for Young Children

Kids PlayingAll children need regular physical activity to grow up healthy. Promoting an active lifestyle is the best way to help them have healthy lives. Physical activity helps:

  • Develop strong bones and muscles
  • Promote fitness and heart health
  • Burn calories
  • Promote a healthy weight

Being physically active in childhood can also help lower risk for chronic diseases like:1

  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis (a disease where the bones become brittle and can break)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hyperlipidemia (high levels of lipids [fat] in blood)

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