8 Ways to Raise Healthy, Active Kids

Words by Dr. Sharon DiChristafaro, First Choice Pediatrics

Hectic sports and school schedules, heavy use of electronics and perceived safety risks of allowing children to play outside unsupervised have created consequences to our children that are frightening and life-long.

One in three children and teens is obese, according to the American Heart Association. Even children who are considered normal weight are often not getting enough activity.

With sunny, year-round weather, there’s no excuse for kids to stay inside. Even a walk around Disney World or Lake Eola provides healthy activity for children—and what kid would say no to that? Here’s a list of eight ways to raise healthy and active kids.

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Dr. Sharon DiCristofaro, mom to three children, is a graduate of Marshall University School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency. She brings 15 years of experience in private practice and a true love for children with her to First Choice Pediatrics. She is board-certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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