Yum Yum Kids is all about making eating fun for children and the development of healthy attitudes in relation to food/ eating. However, our information could not be complete without touching on the relationship between food and children being active. It is generally accepted that a balance between food (input) and activity (output) is imperative for maintaining a healthy weight and good overall health.
From newborn – and even earlier, if you count all that kicking inside mum’s tummy – kids are naturally active. Exercise is vital for children - it is great fun, it’s a fabulous way to learn, and is essential for healthy growth and development.
More specifically, physical activity provides your child with many lasting health benefits, including:
Physical activity not only provides physical benefits – it also has been shown to have wider positive outcomes for children.
Active kids are more likely to:
Not to mention that active kids are more likely to be active adults – so by encouraging your child to be active, you’re helping to establish a healthy lifelong habit.
It is recommended that children accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity every day. This DOESN’T necessary mean playing sport or doing strenuous exercise, but simply means being active.
Toddlers and small children are generally active in short bursts of 5 – 15 minutes so look at the total amount of activity over a day rather than all at one time. Remember, children typically want to be active so harness this - encourage them and provide plenty of opportunities for activity.
Below are some of our ideas to encourage activity and ensure it’s a fun part of your child’s day;
If it’s practical and not dangerous (i.e crossing major roads), encourage your child to walk to and from school. Many schools today have a walking school bus which is a safe way for your child to get to and from school.
If you live too far away to walk maybe park a few blocks from school and walk the last part with your child. This is a good way to spend quality time with your children and reduces congestion around the school gate. As much as possible, choose to walk or bike over taking the car. It not only is good for your child but it’s also better for the environment!