Regular physical activity helps children grow strong and healthy, build muscles and bones, develop vital motor skills, and even improve their immune systems. As kids get older, it can be a challenge to get sufficient daily exercise, due to the increasing demands of school and hectic family schedules.
The Risks of Not Getting Exercise
When growing children don’t get enough physical activity, they’re at increased risk for:
- unhealthy body weight and increased blood pressure
- diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- decreased academic performance
- poor self-image and decreased confidence levels
Helping Kids Be Healthy
Get Up And Do Something can help parents, educators, healthcare providers and advocates make physical activity a priority in children’s everyday routines and help prevent childhood obesity.