Physical activity is essential to good health Every step taken toward getting more physical activity and eating more fruits and vegetables helps your family be at their best. Regular physical activity helps kids develop strong bones and muscles, may reduce risk for health problems later in life, and promotes self-confidence and a positive self-image.

According to Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

  • Children and teenagers should be physically active for 60 minutes most days, or preferably all days of the week.
  • Adults should be physically active at a moderate intensity at least 30 minutes most days of the week; to prevent weight gain, make it approximately 60 minutes.
  • Regular physical activity may make it easier to control weight and manage stress.

Think of exercise as something you want to do instead of something you have to do. Choose something you or the whole family enjoys, start slowly, and gradually build up…and include fruits and veggies in your active lifestyle.

  • Take a family hike or bike ride.
  • Join the local YMCA or recreation center.
  • Go in-line skating or ice-skating.
  • Turn on some tunes and dance.

SOURCE:, July 2007.