Albany County
175 Green Street | Albany, NY 12202
Phone: (518) 447-4580 | Fax: (518) 447-4698
Elizabeth F. Whalen, MD, MPH, Commissioner

Helping Children Become More Active

Learn new activities together. For example, aerobic dancing or cross country skiing can be lots of fun for both children and adults.

Activities do not have to cost any money. Turn on the radio and dance, take a walk through new fallen snow.

Make time after dinner for activity. Get children involved in preparation and clean-up. Then spend the time you’ve saved by doing something together, like taking a walk with your children.

Organize a neighborhood jump rope or hula-hoop event. In the winter have a snowman building contest.

Kids of all ages love classic backyard and playground games -- teach your children the games you played as a child. Be sure to play along with them!

Create an obstacle course and take turns timing each other running through it.

Limit TV! The average American child spends more than 24 hours each week watching television and even more time sitting if they play electronic games or use the computer. This is often combined with snacking. The time could easily be spent participating in some sort of physical activity.

Everyone should try to be active at least 30 minutes each day . Look for ways to become more active throughout the day. For example, use the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to the bus stop.

Go walking together under the stars, during a misty rain....

Exercise with your children. Not only do you set a good example, but being active is also good for adults.

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy