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Kids need to be even more active than adults. Aim for at least 60 minutes of activity each day – at home, at school, at play – in order for them to get the best possible health benefit.
Being active and eating well every day can help kids have a healthy weight. In Canada, overweight and obesity among children and teens is increasing. And so, health problems related to being overweight are now happening at a much earlier age. And being overweight or obese later in life increases the risk of certain cancers.
The best way to encourage healthy habits in your kids is to model the behaviour itself. If your kids see you being active every day, they are more likely to follow. Try walking, bicycling or skating together. Active family trips like short hikes, a day at the beach, camping, skiing or tobogganing are also a good option.
Within about 12 hours of being at Camp Goodtime, everything started to change, and that week was cathartic, transformative. It was the first time I got to know myself.
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