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Be active as a family

Take This Action Commit to this action for your family to help overcome the obesity epidemic.

Parents can play an important role in helping their children participate in physical activities.

How to Be More Physically Active as a Family

  • Make physical activity a part of your family's routine. Take a family walk after dinner or do household chores or yard work together.
  • Use local public parks, community centers, or other facilities as a family.
  • Walk or ride bikes to school or to do errands instead of riding in a car.
  • If you need to be indoors, dance, jump rope, or play active games like hide-and-go-seek.
  • Be active during TV commercial breaks—do jumping jacks, march in place, or play a game where no one can be seated during commercials.
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The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.


Getting physical activity helps kids maintain a healthy weight, builds strong bones and muscles, supports emotional well-being, and reduces their risk of developing heart disease later in life.