Get Up and Get Active
Children need an hour or more of physical activity every day to help them stay healthy. Children raised in families with active lifestyles are more likely to remain active as adults than children raised in families with sedentary lifestyles.
Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining your healthiest weight and preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer. Physical activity can also help decrease stress, improve sleep, and increase energy. Start being active with your children at a young age to prevent chronic disease for a lifetime.
Walking is a healthy way to get where you are going, but make sure to walk safely! Remember to watch and listen for vehicles and other pedestrians. Cross the road safely. Stop and look left and right, and then left again before crossing a street. Always use sidewalks and crosswalks when crossing streets. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic. At traffic lights, wait for the “WALK” sign to light up and pay attention for turning vehicles. See and be seen. Wear bright, white, or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight if you are walking at night.