Being physically active is just as important to health as eating right. Children need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous active play every day to grow up to a healthy weight. If this sounds like a lot, consider that 8 to 18–year-olds devote an average of 7.5 hours watching TV and movies, using computers and cell phones, and playing video games. Only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.
To increase physical activity, children need physical education, safe routes to walk and ride their bikes to school, parks and access to playgrounds and community centers. Children need access to sports leagues and dance or fitness programs that are exciting and challenging to keep them engaged. It is our objective to increase opportunities for kids to be physically active, both in school and in communities and to create new opportunities for families to be physically active together.