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Active Families

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Engaging in physical activity as a family can be a fun way to get everyone moving. Studies show that kids who believe they are competent and have the skills to be physically active are more likely to be active. And those who feel supported by friends and families to become active, or surrounded by others interested in physical activity, are more likely to participate.

Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day, but it doesn’t have to occur at once. It all adds up! And remember, sleep is just as important and is an essential part of living an active life. A recent study found that with each extra hour of sleep, the risk of a child being overweight or obese dropped by nine percent.

Here are a few activities and steps that you and your family can consider to get started on a path to a healthier lifestyle:

Give children toys that encourage physical activity like balls, kites, and jump ropes.
Encourage children to join a sports team or try a new physical activity.
Limit TV time and keep the TV out of a child’s bedroom.
Facilitate a safe walk to and from school a few times a week.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Walk around the block after a meal.
Make a new house rule: no sitting still during television commercials.
Find time to spend together doing a fun activity: family park day, swim day or bike day.
Issue a family challenge to see who can be the first to achieve a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award by committing to physical activity five days a week, for six weeks. Adults and children can both receive the award!
Talk to your children’s principal or write a letter to your district superintendent to incorporate more physical education in schools.
Encourage schools to hold recess prior to lunch to increase physical activity before mealtime.
Volunteer to help with afterschool physical activity programs or sports teams.
Be sure that children get the sleep they need. Most children under age five need to sleep for 11 hours or more per day, children age five to 10 need 10 hours of sleep or more per day, and children over age 10 need at least nine hours per day.
Learn how engaging in outside activities can be fun and affordable for families through Let’s Move Outside, which promotes a range of healthy outdoor activities for children and families across the country.

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Day 10: Summer Safety Tips

th7LFDI1OOKeep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Day 10: LAWN MOWER SAFETY

Only use a mower with a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go.

Children younger than 16 years should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers.

Children younger than 12 years should not use walk-behind mowers.

Make sure that sturdy shoes are worn while mowing.

Prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn before mowing begins. Have anyone who uses a mower wear hearing and eye protection.

Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse.

Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.

Do not allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers.

Keep children out of the yard while mowing.

Drive up and down slopes, not across to prevent mower rollover.

Keep guards, shields, switches, and safety devices in proper working order at all times.

If children must be in the vicinity of running lawnmowers, they should wear polycarbonate protective eye wear at all times.

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Day 9 – Summer Safety Tips

thPBEXGGSVKeep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Day 9: SKATEBOARD, SCOOTER, IN-LINE SKATING AND HEELYS SAFETY

All skateboarders and scooter-riders should wear protective gear; helmets are particularly important for preventing and minimizing head injuries. Riders should wear helmets that meet ASTM or other approved safety standards, and that are specifically designed to reduce the effects of skating hazards.

Communities should continue to develop skateboard parks, which are more likely to be monitored for safety than ramps and jumps constructed by children at home.

While in-line skating or using Heelys, only skate on designated paths or rinks and not in the street.

Most injuries occur due to falls. Inexperienced riders should only ride as fast as they can comfortably slow down, and they should practice falling on grass or other soft surfaces. Before riding, skateboarders should survey the riding terrain for obstacles such as potholes, rocks, or any debris. Protective wrist, elbow and kneepads should be worn.

Children should never ride skateboards or scooters in or near moving traffic.

Riders should never skate alone. Children under the age of eight should be closely supervised at all times.