Maintaining Healthy Weight

Here is an easy thing to do to help your child stay a healthy weight. Encourage your child to run, skip or hop for just five minutes several times a day. Remember when you were a kid and you ran because you felt like running. Or maybe you were a hopper, or a skipper. Skipping home from school or to a friend’s house to play. These fast, spontaneous bouts of physical activity, researchers learned, can help fight childhood obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Researchers at the Queen’s University, Ontario Canada, studied 2, 754 children, ages 6-19. They discovered that sporadic moderate to vigorous physical activity throughout a day can help children fight obesity.

PLoS One. 2011;6(10):e25733. Epub 2011 Oct 5. Does the fractionalization of daily physical activity (sporadic vs. bouts) impact cardiometabolic risk factors in children and youth? Holman RM, Carson V, Janssen I. School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.