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Physical Activity:

As parents there are several things that you can do to help prevent your child from becoming obese and physical activity is a great step to help them. Physical Activity is defined as �bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in energy expenditure� (Pate, Pratt et al.,1995). Physical inactivity is a become a very serious problem in the United States, leading to childhood obesity for many young children.

Physical Activity is important for your children because not only it increases bone density or is a key step of development of physical fitness, but it also reduces anxiety, and improves your children�s body image and mood. Promoting physical activity to young people will be no easy task, but with your help there a few ways that we can influence our children to engage is some physical activity.

One way to promote it is through physical education in schools. For some children physical education is the only physical activity they get, and it is important that we try to have physical education daily. As time went on, daily physical education became less and less popular amongst schools, and currently there is no state in the United States with daily physical education requirements. In physical education, our children learn things like motor skills (cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition), promote good attitudes to a more active lifestyle, and promote physical fitness.

Fun, inexpensive games:

Inactivity seems to be a bigger problem from families with lower incomes, but there are several fun games you can play with your children and spend minimal money doing so.

Blanket Volleyball Use a blanket or a volleyball and makes teams of two. Have one person hold each corner; place the volleyball on the blanket. One team serves by letting there side down then making it tight quickly causing the ball to go in the air, and the opposing team much catch in the blanket then return it. Games can be play to 7, 11, 15, or 21.

Crab soccer Depending on the size of the facilities, crab soccer can be played with as many people that can fit. All the players goes on all 4�s with there chest to the sky. You cannot let your bottom hit the grounds, and you must walk on all 4�s for the games entirety. You pass the ball to your teammates using your feet, and try to score in a modified goal; sizes vary depending on the size of the children. The duration of the game can be timed, or a certain amount of goals.

Football Run Set up cones around the play facility, with room for your child to fit through. To make your kids want to try a little harder, you can add another child to compete with, or offer a reward like fruit. The children simply run through the cones, jog or sprint and encourage them. Cheer them and remember that winning isn�t always the most important thing.


The food that you make for your children may play a key roll on whether they eat healthy, or they eat junk food. In 2000, 16% of boys and 14.5% of girls were obesity in America, and parents can play a key roll on making those numbers decrease.

Here are some fun, healthy recipes that will appeal to your children:

Awesome Apple Sauce (84 calories, 0g fat) 2 small red apples, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tsp. sugar, 2 pinches of cinnamon Peel the apples and cut them into small pieces. Throw out the core. Put the apple pieces and lemon juice into the blender or food processor. Blend until the mixture is very smooth. Pour the mixture into two small bowls and stir in the sugar and cinnamon.

Super Strawberry Bars (211 calories, 9g fat) 1 c. flour, 1 c. rolled oats, 1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened,1/3 c. light brown sugar, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 1/8 tsp. salt, 3/4 c. strawberry jam, Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). In a large bowl, mix everything together except the strawberry jam. Measure out 2 cups of this mixture. Leave the rest in the bowl, and set it aside. Take the 2 cups of the mixture and press it into the bottom of the pan. You can use your hands or a spoon. Make sure you cover the entire bottom of the pan! Using a large spoon, spread the strawberry jam on top of the mixture in the pan. Spread it evenly all over. Take the mixture that was left in the bowl, and spread it over the strawberry jam. Press it down lightly. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes

Perfect Pineapple Pop.. 2 c. plain yogurt, 1/2 c. canned crushed pineapple (packed in its own juice instead of packed in syrup), 1 can frozen pineapple or orange-pineapple juice concentrate, thawed Drain the can of crushed pineapple so all the juice runs out. Put all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix them together. Spoon the mixture into the paper cups. Fill them almost to the top. Stretch a small piece of plastic wrap across the top of each cup. Using the Popsicle stick, poke a hole in the plastic wrap. Stand the stick straight up in the center of the cup. Put the cups in the freezer until the mixture is frozen solid.