As childhood obesity surges ahead, the spotlight has been thrown on parents encouraging their kids to eat well and be active. Physical activity is important at all ages, and participation by children is particularly important for healthy development including improved bone health, decreased likelihood of cardiovascular disease risk factors and a reduced risk of being overweight or obese, with which lack of physical inactivity is consistently linked.
Our behaviours are influenced by multiple environments. For young children, these may include preschool, the home and local community (for example if parents feel the area isn't safe then children might not be allowed out to play). The family is of utmost importance in setting an example for healthy living and eating.
Activity patterns date back to childhood, so encouraging physical activity from the time kids can walk properly, sets them up for a healthier life as an adult.