Child obesity could be prevented easily by encouraging an hour of exercise a day.

(Courtesy of http://www.topnews.in)

What happened to the old days when kids went and played for their entertainment? When did watching television, sitting at a computer or playing video games trump riding bikes, going hiking, building forts, swimming, playing sports or simply spending time with friends outside?

Serious exercise activities shouldn’t even be necessary to stop this trend of obesity in children. Kids naturally enjoy playing and being active, they’re just allowed to vegetate in front of a screen. Where are the parents when kids spend their after school time (straight through to bedtime) inside on their butts?

I really like the NFL’s Play 60 initiative, for example. The website offers a Play 60 Tip of the Day (today’s is “do a set up push-ups and sit-ups before going to bed each night”), news stories relating to child obesity and exercise success, lists of activities to do during your daily Play 60, inspiring videos of other kids succeeded and playing, and information on how to volunteer and make donations.

We won’t even get into fast food, sugar-laden drinks and balanced diets. It should be common sense that to prevent obesity, people need to get off of their butts for a little while each day. Our children rely on mentors, parents and adults to guide their lives and health. Don’t let a kid down. Get out and do something everyday.

(Image courtesy of newenglanddairycouncil.org)

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