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Staying Active

Heard the recommendation to be more physically active but not sure how to go about it? Check out the resources in this section for ideas on being physically active.
Fitness for Children and Teens [PDF]
Download this card from HPRC on guidelines for exercise for children and teens to build aerobic fitness, strength, and strong bones.
Healthy Living for Children and Families [PDF]
Check out this postcard from HPRC that provides easy-to-remember tips for raising healthy kids.
Strength Training: Strong Children and Teens [PDF]
Download this card from HPRC for tips on how your child can safely start a strength-training program.
Put some fun in your children’s fitness
Exercise time can be playtime for your children. Kids need at least 60 minutes of exercise per day. Learn about what is recommended, along with some tips and ideas.
Running strategies for children and teens
Is your child interested in running as a sport? These helpful strategies on proper running form, hydration, and other tips will ensure your child is safe and gets the most out of this healthy activity.
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created science-based guidance for physical activity for most Americans. There is also a two-page summary [PDF] of these guidelines.
Active Children and Adolescents
Learn what the fitness recommendations are for children and teenagers.
Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity
This Centers for Disease Control web page explains how higher BMI (i.e., being overweight or obese) has been linked to increased risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, and additional health problems.
Travel Exercises
Navy Fitness has put together some travel exercises that you can do with minimal equipment. It is a quick workout that you can do when away, primarily with a resistance tube and body weight.
Physical Activity Planners
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Service's Healthfinder.gov website has a list of tools that can help you achieve your fitness goals, including an Activity Log, a Daily Food and Activity Diary, and other helpful resources.
Exercise is Medicine Exercise Handouts
Exercise is Medicine, a partner of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), has an area of their website where you'll find exercise tools to get you started.