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It's great that you're helping your child to be more active. That's one of the best things you can do for your child's health. As you know, physical activity is good in many ways. For example, it can give your child more energy and confidence.
You probably have ideas about what kinds of activity work well for your child and your family. More activity may mean riding a bike with friends, playing actively at school, or walking with the family. It could also mean playing school sports or playing basketball outside. Check local schools, the YMCA, and other community resources for safe places to be active.
Being active for at least 60 minutes a day is a good goal for your children aged 5 to 17 years. For younger children, try to be active several times each day. Your doctor can help you make a plan to reach this goal. You can also help your child if you are more active too. This can teach your child that exercise is for everyone.
As you make a plan, think about things that may cause problems. Some examples are bad weather, being tired, and busy schedules. Try to plan what you can do when these things happen.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Adaptation Date: 10/20/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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