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Have you ever heard of exercise deficit disorder? It’s a big reason kids are spending over 7 hours a day of media time, developing adult diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, and 1 out of 3 kids is overweight or obese. Wouldn’t you consider exercise deficit disorder a condition worth taking as seriously as any other?

The term Exercise Deficit Disorder (EDD) is used to describe a condition characterized by reduced levels of regular activity (<60 minutes a day) that are not adequate for long-term health and wellness.  This concept of EDD cannot be measured in the lab or even diagnosed by any concrete measures other than pure observation and “play history” of a child’s activities. What can be measured are the effects that EDD will have on a child’s health such as high blood pressure, elevated BMI, diabetes, etc.

It’s time to become more aware of a child’s regular activity routine. Not only is physical activity a critical part of a child’s heath and wellness but it also acts as a preventative treatment for future illness and disease that are the result of inactivity.

Time to take ACTION and prevent this condition. We need to make kids aware of their activity and encourage them to stick with it! Healthy practices learned at a young age will then become lifelong habits!

MAKE AN ACTIVITY CALENDAR!

The activity calendar can be big or small and put up on the refrigerator so that kids can track their activities throughout the week and month. It holds them accountable and when they complete their goals its’ a wonderful sense of accomplishment. Positive reinforcement such as goals and rewards is also a great way to keep kids motivated to track their activity.

HOW TO:

  1. Simply use a blank sheet of paper and create a calendar for the month with big enough daily blocks to write in.
  2. In each daily block have two rows: 1. For activity and 2. The total minutes of time spent during that activity.
  3. Each day, record what activity was done either at school, afterschool, at home, or with a friend. Be sure to write down the activity and the amount of time spent doing that activity.
  4. Tally up the TOTAL minutes at the end of each week and set a goal for 420 minutes/week!
  5. At the top of the calendar you could list a few small prizes for reaching the weekly goal of 420 minutes. You could also list a few bigger prizes for reaching the goal for 1 entire month.
  6. Small prizes could include: special dinner, movie rental, friend sleepover, allowance bonus, etc. Bigger prizes could include: trip to the movie theatre, new shoes, favorite dessert, going out for dinner, etc.

Now we are making activity a necessity in our daily lives, adding a visual reminder of it’s importance, and rewarding active behavior with fun prizes that allow you to spend more time together and have goals together.

Start today and soon enough daily activity will become a lifestyle and no longer a disorder.

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