Physical Activity & Nutrition (Youth)

Childhood obesity is a serious problem, putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health.

According to the 2021 Healthy Youth Survey, 42% of Cowlitz County 8th graders are considered overweight or obese.  

Proper nutrition promotes the optimal growth and development of children. A healthy diet also helps prevent obesity and weight-related diseases. Physical activity can improve health and lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. Physical activity also helps with weight control and improved academic success.

Kid on Swing

Every child deserves a healthy start in life. Click here to see what families can do to help prevent childhood obesity by:

  • Modeling a healthy eating program
  • Moving more as a family
  • Setting consistent sleep routines
  • Replacing screen time with family time

Physical activity CDC recommendations for children 

Recommendations for Children Ages 3 Through 5 Years:

  • Be physically active throughout the day for growth and development.
  • Adult caregivers should encourage children to be active when they play.

Recommendations for Children and Adolescents Ages 6 Through 17 Years:

  • 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each day
  • Aerobic activity: Most of the daily 60 minutes should include activities like walking, running, or anything that makes their hearts beat faster. At least 3 days a week should include vigorous-intensity activities.
  • Muscle-strengthening: Includes activities like climbing or doing push-ups, at least 3 days per week.
  • Bone-strengthening: Includes activities such as jumping or running, at least 3 days per week.

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