LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Many behaviors you develop as a child carry on through adulthood.
That's why health experts are urging parents to make sure their kids are active, especially during the colder season.
Franciscan Health Athletic Trainer Corina Riggins is concerned about the lack of physical activity kids have during the winter.
“It gets darker in the winter, time wise, they're in school a lot more,” said Riggins.
Riggins said according to statistics, the time kids spend outdoors in the summer decreases by half in the winter. And only six states require physical education being a part of K-12 learning.
“When you think of kids who are in school for the 6-7 hours that they are there, they are losing that amount of time that they could be outside riding their bikes, that sort of thing,” said Riggins.
Riggins suggests that parents hand their kids a coat and outdoor shoes versus a tablet when it snows. But also, enjoy the outdoors with them.
“You're kind of responsible for their activity level so maybe going out and building a snowman or sledding, ice rinks, wall climbing. There's all kinds of stuff in the community that you can do,” said Riggins.
Improving physical wellness goes hand-in-hand with mental wellness. Vigorous activity helps in increasing memory and having a better mental state.
“Kids are losing that. When they spend at least 3.5-4 hours a day on the computer at school and then they go home and play video games for another 3 hours. They don't get that socialization or interaction with other kids,” said Riggins.
Just taking an hour or two to be active with your kids can lead to a better lifestyle when they're older.
The new YMCA offers a program specifically for kids on winter break. Kids are welcomed to come from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to do a variety of activities. It’s $25 per day.
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