How much exercise does a child need?

Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.


Does too much sugar cause health problems in children?

It can. Food and drinks that are high in added sugars have extra calories and may have few nutrients.  Too many sugary foods and sweet drinks can make children feel full and leaves less room for healthy foods.  Too much sugar can also lead to cavities if children do not brush their teeth regularly. Sugar is often blamed for behavioral problems and hyperactivity in children.  However, studies have not shown that eating sugar makes a difference in the behavior of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


Mental Health

Mental health is one of the most current eminent problems in the United States of America. 61,500,300 Americans experience a mental health disorder in a year, that’s a whopping 1 out of 4 adults. 11% of teens have depression before the age of 18. This is more prominent than you would expect.



Running is just about the simplest form of exercise there is, and it’s perfect for kids. They love it! Kids can run outdoors, but also inside: in a gym, down a hallway, or even around (and around, and around) a large table. Running can also be combined with other moves into games, like relay races. More on that later!

Change things up while running: Vary movement patterns by having kids switch from running to skipping, or try running in place with feet very close to the ground (this is called “fast feet”). Kids can also run with high knees (lifting alternating knees toward the chest with each step) or “butt kicks” (kicking alternating heels toward buttocks with each step). Changes of direction (side-to-side or reverse) work both muscles and brains, improving kids’ coordination.


Today’s Health Tip – Fruits!

Today’s health tip is all about fruit! Any fruit, or juice that is 100% juice, is apart of the fruit group. If you are even moderately active during the day, you need to consume fruit daily! Not a lot, but just enough for your body. Children ages 4-8 need to consume 1 cup to 1.5 cups daily. A cup is mostly one piece of any fruit. Here are some examples of how much and what you could eat daily.