LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Mindy Gutwein, a pediatric physical therapist with Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, appeared on News 18 Daybreak Wednesday with advice for parents on how to fight the childhood obesity epidemic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 percent of children and teens ages 2 through 19 are considered obese.
Health experts recommend at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Gutwein said any type of physical activity is great but focus on moderately rigorous which will increase your child's heart rate. Gutwein said many parents may be surprised to know that children as young as a newborn can participate in some type of exercise, like "tummy time" for example.
Encouraging physical activity as a family can help overcome obstacles to fitness. Playing sports or games outside, for example. Consider trips to the park or playing together outside after dinner.
Gutwein also mentioned it is important for children to be supervised to prevent injuries. Another tip: children should play with other children around the same age. For example, avoid situations where a 14-year-old teen is trying to participate in a physical activity with a 4-year-old child.
If your child has health concerns, talk with your doctor about ways to keep them active.
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