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On the Move: Making Sure Your Child Gets the Right Amount and Type of Physical Activity for Optimal Growth and Health

photo of ME's physical activity for children guest, Katherine ItesFor too many of our children, today’s sedentary lifestyle poses a serious threat to their longterm health and well-being. At the same time, many of our more active children are drawn into highly competitive sports at early ages, with risk of injury if they don’t receive appropriate guidance about how much physical activity is too much.

 

Whatever your child’s patterns of activity, you’ll benefit from the wisdom and experience of Katherine Ites, a physical therapist at Children’s Minnesota, who joins Marti and Erin in this week’s show.

 

How much vigorous physical activity does your child get in a typical week? How does that measure up to guidelines for healthy living? If your child is in organized sports, is he or she having the kind of experience recommended by Katherine Ites, the expert in this discussion? What factors make it hard or easy for your child to get the kind of physical activity he or she needs for good health and development?

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