Physical activity and healthy eating are the keys to good health.
Supporting physical activity
Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for good health but only a small percentage of youth meet this daily goal.
Thirty years ago, almost half of school age children walked or biked to school. Today only a small percentage of children do.
Creating conditions where children can safely walk and bike is one way to make sure kids get the daily physical activity they need to be healthy.
Here are some ways we’re promoting physical activity for children:
- Let’s Move! - Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Learn about our community success stories.
- Safe routes to school - Schools and community partners are helping children walk and bike to school safely, reduce congestion around schools and improve air quality.
For more information, contact the Chronic Disease Prevention team.