Get Up! Be a Part of YOUR Community
Counties within the state of Delaware are teaming together to create the best collection of shared knowledge about health among your community. Your search for a healthy life is now easier because this community page allows you to have access to health videos, health worksheets & tips, additional health websites, and community events. The healthier you is waiting, so READ UP, then GET UP, and go be a part of YOUR healthy community!
My neighborhood isn’t very safe. How can my child be physically active if he can’t play outdoors?
Encourage your child’s school to provide after-school and weekend physical activity programs. Also, community organizations, recreation centers, and churches and other places of worship provide opportunities for children to participate in physical activity. Work with community leaders to ensure that your child has safe places for participating in physical activity (for example, walking and biking paths, playgrounds, parks, and recreation centers). Also, your child can do many activities at home with soft equipment that can be used in tight spaces. Examples include modified versions of bowling, basketball, darts, and golf.
My child likes to watch television and play computer games. She is not interested in sports. How can I encourage her to be more physically active?
There are many physical activities that a child can enjoy other than sports (for example, walking, biking, hiking, dancing, skating, and swimming). Limit the amount of time your child spends watching television and movies and playing computer games to 1 to 2 hours a day, and designate a specific period of time for physical activities she enjoys. Be sure to give her positive feedback when she is physically active.
How do I motivate my child to be active?
Choose the right activities for a child’s age. If you don’t, the child may be bored or frustrated. Give kids plenty of opportunity to be active. Kids need parents to make activity easy by providing equipment and taking them to playgrounds and other active spots. Keep the focus on fun. Kids won’t do something they don’t enjoy. When kids enjoy an activity, they want to do more of it. Practicing a skill — whether it’s swimming or riding a tricycle — improves their abilities and helps them feel accomplished, especially when the effort is noticed and praised. These good feelings often make kids want to continue the activity and even try others.
Physical Activity Resources:
What is Physical Activity & How Much Do You Need?
Health Benefits of Physical Activity
Getting Started With Physical Activity
Fun Games For Getting Your Child Active
For Health Professionals