Moms and Kids: Stay Active All Winter Long!
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Woman’s Day magazine and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, cofounded by the American Heart Association and The Clinton Foundation to help prevent childhood obesity, recently reported on a survey of 1,154 mothers and the activities they engaged in with their children.
Among their findings:
- Half the moms had gone on a walk, run or ridden a bike with their kids ages 5-18 the previous week.
- 26 percent had played a sport, danced together or “ran around” playing together.
A greater percentage had engaged in more sedentary activities with their children:
- 90 percent ate a meal with their kids
- 79 percent watched TV together.
- 65 percent helped with homework.
The survey’s findings suggest that in order to promote improved fitness and health for the entire family, moms may need to be more proactive about scheduling regular physical activities with their children. Learn more at healthiergeneration.org.
By the Numbers: 66 Percent
The number of teens who have consumed more than just a few sips of alcohol by the end of high school. More than 25 percent have done so by eighth grade.
Source: “Binge Drinking” in the September 2015 issue of Pediatrics
Katherine Kopp is a freelance writer and editor in Chapel Hill.