- Adults can influence where and how children spend their time, which can make a difference in the amount of calories children burn. It can also make a difference in children’s weight and development.
- Parents have the most influence on young children’s activities because young children spend most of their time in their parents’ care.
- Parents can motivate their child to be physically active by being flexible and creative, encouraging independence, providing toys, creating special times, being a role model, involving family, and showing new activities.
- Parents can encourage children to be physically active by playing outdoors and inside, decreasing screen time, choosing a good child care provider and program, and using community resources.