Magazine article Working Mother

True Fit

Magazine article Working Mother

True Fit

Article excerpt

Confused about how your child can get and stay healthy? Danine Fruge, MD, associate medical director at Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami clears up common kid fitness and nutrition myths.

Myth No. 1: Kids have to play sports for a real workout.

Nope, the current guideline is 60 minutes of active play-not necessarily sportsevery day. This can be in six 10-minute bursts. Kickball, tag, hide-andseek, jumping rope, hopscotch, bike riding and even computer games involving running, jumping and moving arms and legs all count. Encourage a variety of movements performed consistently over time to yield physical benefits.

Myth No. 2: Thin, active kids can eat anything they want.

It's not about how skinny or energetic your child is. It's about developing healthy eating habits, including a variety of vegetables and fruits (five a day minimum), whole grains and lean protein for optimal growth. …

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