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Help Your Child Stay at a Healthy Weight

One of the best ways to prevent overweight and obesity in your child is to improve the eating and activity levels of your entire family. Learn how to help your child make healthy choices.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit

To promote physical activity guidelines,the CDC and several partner organizations developed the Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit, which highlights specific strategies that schools, families, and communities can use to support youth physical activity.

Review Date: May 23, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Girls Active!

What happens when a girl is resistant to getting active? These tips will provide you with the pertinent information to get girls to be physically active and help guide them to a healthier lifestyle.

Review Date: April 11, 2012

Women's Sports Foundation

GoGirlGo! (Video)

GoGirlGo!, an award winning curriculum and sports education program, works to improve the health of sedentary girls and to keep them involved in physical activity by supporting programs and organizations that work with girls.

Review Date: April 11, 2012

Women's Sports Foundation

Helping Your Child: Tips for Parents

Eating well and being physically active are key to your child’s well-being. This site provides tips for parents to help their child—and the whole family—learn healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

NIH Weight-Control Information Network, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

How Much Physical Activity Do Children Need?

Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day. Read how you can help your child stay active and healthy.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition

We Can! is a national program designed for families and communities to help children maintain a healthy weight. The program focuses on three important behaviors: improved food choices, increased physical activity and reduced screen time.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

What If I Don't Like Sports?

This article talks about fun activities that kids can do to get lots of good exercise that does not involve playing sports.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Why Exercise is Cool

Important reasons why exercise is good for kids and why it is cool to be fit. Find out what exercise does for your heart, your muscles and your general health.

Review Date: July 23, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

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