Kidamentals firmly believes that parents should look for, and utilize, resources that are created or approved by credentialed experts. That is why Kidamentals recommends HealthyChildren.org.
Kidamentals will tout HealthyChildren.org in many future discussions and on many different topics. However, this article is specific to child fitness.
Before we dive into fitness for kids, we should tell you more about the credentials of HealthyChildren.org. As their tag-line states, “Powered by pediatricians. Trusted by parents. From the American Academy of Pediatrics”. Yes, HealthyChildren.org is the website associated with the American Academy of Pediatrics and their more than 60,000+ pediatricians.
When discussing their mission, goals, and resources, HealthyChildren.org goes on to say, “Best of all, you can rest assured that the information comes from the nation’s leading child health experts and that we have scientific research supporting our recommendations”.
Specific to child fitness, the HealthyChildren.org website has a terrific structure for parents to quickly and simply find what they are looking for. First and foremost is their leading menu item for “Ages & Stages”. This is important because the fitness goals of a parent will vary by a child’s age.
The specific age categories at HealthyChildren.org that have links dedicated to fitness include:
- Toddler (1-3 years)
- Preschool (3-5 years)
- Gradeschool (5-12 years)
- Teen (12-18 years)
By selecting the various age categories, parents will find listings of articles or blogs regarding fitness for the designated age group.
I personally like the simple message delivered in the preschool category article titled “Keeping Preschoolers Active”
that it’s important for parents to ensure that physical activity becomes and remains a priority in our toddler’s life. Of course HealthyChildren.org has examples and further information about fun kids activities and fun kids games and other activities for children like sports. But by simply conveying the message that physical activity should be and can be a priority, they are providing a great reminder for us parents to keep our kids active.
HealthyChildren.org continues this message into the Gradeschool years with their article titled, “Promoting Physical Activity as a Way of Life”
Within their article is the nice reminder to discuss child fitness with your child’s pediatrician. Again, sometimes the simplest messages and reminders are the most important. By reminding us parents of the importance of child fitness and the amazing resources that our pediatricians are, HealthyChildren.org is doing all of us, and all of our children, a tremendous service.
Finally, if you would prefer not to search by age, you can simply look under the Healthy Living menu item for fitness and be taken to a thorough list of recent articles for kids fitness.
Kidamentals recommends HealthyChildren.org to learn more about child health, physical fitness and development.
Kidamentals recommends various other resources for health and fitness for kids. See them here
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