Promoting healthy eating is one area parents can focus on to help reduce the incidence of childhood obesity. Another factor is encouraging physical activity.

Physical activity is a crucial component to being healthy. Not only does it help control weight but it also increases coordination, builds muscles and strengthens bones. It’s important to be a supportive and positive influence when it comes to being active. Studies show that children are more likely to be physically active if they believe they are competent and have the ability to be physically active. Children need 60 minutes a day of vigorous physical activity a day in order to maintain a healthy weight.