Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Squash Childhood Obesity in 64 Calories a Day

Time Magazine reports this week that kids would need to burn 64 calories each day, on average, to meet federal goals for reversing childhood obesity by 2020.

What is 64 calories?

For a person weighing 90 pounds, that's 25 minutes of riding a bike to the park.
20 minutes of walking the dog.
15 minutes of playing tag.
12 minutes of soccer.

One container of applesauce.
Half a juice box.
One tablespoon of jelly not on a sandwich.
One quarter cup less macaroni and cheese at dinner.
One pack of Welch's Fruit Snacks not given as a reward for good behavior.

Or a bribe for good behavior.

Or counted as a serving of fruit.

64 calories is not a lot. As active as kids are (and want to be) it should be easy. But, it is up to us as parents to make sure it happens. Get out there and get healthy with your kids today! Their future depends on it!

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