Keeping Your Child Fit at Any Age

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Exercise and Children

With childhood obesity rates at an all-time high, parents and caregivers need to make sure their children are getting enough exercise each day. But how much exercise is enough? What are the recommended exercise guidelines and amounts for toddlers, preschool-age children and older school-age children?

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The 2005 dietary guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all children, two years and older, get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise on most and preferably all days of the week.

"It is important to have your children participate in developmentally appropriate exercise," says Maria Sequeira, M.D., physician in the Fitness Clinic at Arkansas Children's Hospital and assistant professor of pediatric medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. "Remember, being physically active should be fun.

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