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Make sure your child gets an hour of physical activity a day

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

The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Experts recommend that children get at least an hour of physical activity every day for good health18. To reach this goal, be active with your child and support your child's participation in active play or organized sports.

How to Help Your Child Get an Hour of Physical Activity

  • Plan your day so that you can do physical activity with your child - take a walk.
  • Look into local programs like clubs or teams that can help your child be active.
  • Encourage your child to try new physical activities.
  • Set rules limiting your child's screen time (like TV and video games). Swap sitting time for active time.
  • Take your child to places that support active play, like public parks or sports facilities.
  • Provide equipment that helps your child be active.
  • Encourage your child to take 12,000 steps a day if they do not enjoy sports or active play54.
    • Using a pedometer to track his/her steps may be helpful in achieving this goal.
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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.


In 2008, just 18% of children in grades 9 through 12 got an hour of daily physical activity.