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Most kids are not meeting daily physical activity requirements

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Over the last thirty years the rate of childhood obesity has doubled in young kids and tripled in adolescents.  So, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that most kids aren't getting enough physical activity each day.

"It is concerning that the kids aren't getting as much exercise as they need.  We know that when that children do exercise it helps to strengthen their muscles and give their bones extra density," said Dr. Peter Vande Kappelle.

According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, kids between the ages of 6 and 17 should be getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.  Although, when it comes down to it, most don't get that. 

A recent CDC study suggests just 1 in 4 kids, between the ages  of 12 and 15, meet the recommendations.

"Exercise has been proven to help improve your mood, improve your energy and even assist with sleep so that you are better able to fend off insomnia.  So, all of these things contribute to a healthier lifestyle," said Melody Case with Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Peter Vande Kappelle says the 60 minutes of physical activity, that each child should be getting, doesn't have to be structured.  Kids can go sledding, play tag, even help with chores around the house as long as the total time of activity adds up to an hour.

"The other important thing is having the whole family involved.  If everyone is doing it together it's more likely that habit will stick and you can hold each other accountable," said Dr. Vande Kappelle.

While the recommendations begin at age 6, Dr. Vande Kappelle said it's good to get even younger children involved, so they can start establishing good habits.

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