Benefits of an Active Family

BVI Boat Trip

The Loomis boys are enjoying the ocean air as they share in their father’s boating hobby.

Stan Loomis and his wife are outdoor enthusiasts who take advantage of every opportunity to connect with nature.

Whether it is boating, vacationing, hiking, or bike riding, the Loomis’ strive to set a healthy example for their growing children, and promotes a path to a healthier lifestyle.

Many of their adventures can be found on Stan Loomis’ blog.

Let’s Move! is an initiative to solve childhood obesity. According to Michelle Obama, who began this program, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled in the past three decades. Unfortunately, if this problem is not solved, nearly one third of children born in 2000 or later will face chronic obesity-related health issues. This may include high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, and asthma.

Let’s Move! recognizes that everyone has a role to play if we hope to reduce childhood obesity. This includes parents, who should provide a healthy example for their children. One way to do this is by engaging in physical activity as a family. Studies show that children who feel supported by their families to become active are likely to be more active.

Combined with healthy eating, physical activity can help prevent a range of diseases and can help control weight, promote muscle development, and reduce stress. Let’s Move! recommends children have 60 minutes of play every day to develop a healthy weight.

A few activities and steps are provided on the official website that can guide families on their path to a healthier lifestyle. Some activities include:

  • Encourage children to join a sports team or try a new physical activity.

  • Walk around the neighborhood after a meal together.

  • Limit TV time and keep the TV out of a child’s bedroom.

  • Volunteer with after school programs or sports teams.

  • Find time to spend together doing a fun activity, whether it’s a day at the park, swimming, or biking.