Fit Kids Introducing your kids to sports while at their side is a great way to spend time together and encourage an active lifestyle at a young age. Plus, kids who participate in sports develop stronger muscles and bones, have a reduced risk of obesity, improved coordination and sleep better. Here’s how to get the ball rolling (literally)!

Limit Screen Time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting children’s screen time to no more than or two hours a day. This means setting limits on TV, iPad and gaming time, while encouraging the first step to sports … fresh air. Lead by example and leave the couch!

Get Involved. Instead of handing your child a soccer ball and heading back inside, join and instruct them. Teach them your favorite moves from your favorite sport. Make 15 minutes of playing catch or kicking a soccer ball back and forth after dinner part of your family’s normal routine. Your child will be more likely to stick with it if they see you enjoying it, too!

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