Jump rope, play tag, ride a bike, or just run—how important is

it for your child to get up and get moving? For starters, physical

activity helps control weight, reduces blood pressure, raises “good”

cholesterol, and reduces the risk of diabetes and some kinds of

cancer. It also improves self-confidence and self-esteem, can improve

moods, and can help improve sleep. That’s all good news! The American

Heart Association recommends that all children ages two and older

participate in at least 60 minutes of enjoyable, moderate- to

vigorous-intensity physical activity every day (that means vigorous

activities that are appropriate to their age, gender, and stage of

physical and emotional development). The benefits go beyond good

health: physical activity can bring a family together, it doesn’t have to

cost any money, and it’s fun!

Remember, your child doesn’t have to do 60-minute workouts. Two

30-minute or even four 15-minute periods of physical activity a day will

benefit your child too.

Your child is a participant

in the American Heart

Association’s Hoops for

Heart program. The AHA has

five priority messages for

your family:

Physical Activity

Healthy Eating


Sodas and Other

Sugary Drinks