Are you aware that the month of May is observed as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? In 1983, President Reagan encouraged Americans to incorporate more activity into their lives, and guess what? That reminder is even more significant today as kids are distracted more and more by TV, social networking and video games. Kids living an active lifestyle can – and do – improve their health, productivity and overall well being, and best of all? It doesn’t have to take a lot of time!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided these public health guidelines for your reference. The guidelines call for children and teenagers to exercise one hour every day of moderate intensity physical activity (such as playing sports or brisk walking) or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous activity (jogging, dancing and jumping rope).
At Memorial Smiles, we like to encourage our patients to exercise or participate in sports. However, we want to remind you to always wear a mouth guard or other forms of facial protection when playing sports. To learn more about how often you should exercise, we recommend you check out this series of helpful articles about kids and exercise, courtesy of our friends at KidsHealth.org.
Have a great weekend!
— Drs. Magness and team