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WVU Extension Service encourages families to incorporate physical activity into daily routine

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As many families transition to remote work and schooling, making physical activity a part of that daily routine can provide many health benefits. Emily Murphy, childhood obesity prevention specialist with West Virginia University Extension Service offers some tips to help keep your family moving, while practicing social distancing and heeding the “Stay At Home” order in West Virginia.


“Everyone is transitioning to a new at-homes schedule, and physical activity should be incorporated into that at-home schedule, just like school, work and other important activities.”

“According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, children should be getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. This should include a variety of cardiovascular, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activities.”

“A powerful example for your child is to be active yourself. Go for a family walk, a run or bike ride each day or enjoy spontaneous dance parties. Pick activities that your family enjoys and just move!”

“Reducing the amount of screen time each day will automatically make your children engage in more physical activity. You can also use active screen time as well. There are a ton of online physical activity resources that you can enjoy as a family.” 

“Make it fun for everyone. These are stressful times for everyone, and physical activity is a great way to improve your overall physical and mental health. Doing fun, engaging physical activities will help lower anxiety and stress levels.”

“Make sure to use the rules of social distancing when being physically active, even when you’re outside.” – Emily Murphy, Childhood Obesity Prevention Specialist

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