Like Mom and Dad Do


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Kids learn by example, and the most powerful examples generally are from parents. So a kid might get an idea how important a parent really thinks physical activity is if the parent’s only involvement in physical activity is to drive the kid to and from practice.

There are good health reasons as well as fun reasons for kids and parents to be active. One good health reason is that physical activity reduces the risk of diabetes. The director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, says it doesn’t have to be a marathon or expensive lessons, but it could include less TV and video game time:

“Lead by example. If your kids see you being physically active and having fun, they are more likely to join in and stick with it.”

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: September 11, 2014

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