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Welcome to Get Kids in Action!

Helping parents inspire kids to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle is the goal of Get Kids in Action, a partnership between The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Gatorade Company. On this web site, you’ll find resources to help your child maintain or reach a healthy weight, inspirational material on helping your child find healthy, fun activities, basic nutritional information that’s relevant to kids (not just adults!) and straight talk on the myths and facts surrounding childhood obesity.

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A dreary day outside can put a damper on kids’ physical activity.  When kids are able to get outside they are away from distractions like the T.V., can work their large muscles more easily and work off energy to help them relax and sleep better.

Importance of Exercise

In order to live a well-rounded healthy lifestyle physical activity should be incorporated into your child’s daily activities.  Exercise helps our bodies to reach peak performance and is known to reduce health risks like cardiovascular problems.

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7 Tips For Raising A Happy Child

If children were to come with instruction manuals, it’d have made the job of parents that much more comfortable. But unfortunately, they don’t.


In order to raise your kids happy, you need to first define what happiness means to you. It could mean different things for different kinds as their temperament wouldn’t be the same throughout. Every parent wishes the best for their children no matter what.


In this article, we’ll go through 7 tips that will help you raise happy children.


1.     Teach your children about love


In order to raise your children in a happy lifestyle, you, as a parent, need to teach them about optimism and also about love as this will make them feel safe. Express how much you love them every day.


2.     Respect their feelings


As a parent, it is important that you listen to your children’s feelings while also respecting them. Acknowledge what they’re going through as this will go a long way in teaching your children how to manage emotions in the future. Reward your children for everything that they do right. Ask questions so that they’re given enough freedom to think independently.


3.     Offer them your time


Another way to show love is by giving them all the time that you have. Although the child may need the mother’s time during their early days, both parents need to be involved as they grow older. The more time you give them, the more secure they will feel. You can spend time as simply as having an ice cream every week.


4.     Avoid encouraging violence

In today’s world, something as simple as watching the news can expose your children to violence. That is why you need to avoid exposing your children to mass media that that might contain violence such as TV or movies. If they do see something that is violent, explain to them about what they’re being shown and tell them that this is bad.


5.     Let your children play outside more often


Letting your children play outside will make them aware of the world around them. It’ll also show them of the existence of Mother Nature. Playing outside will also let him be filled with fresh air that will help them clear their minds and invigorate them from the inside. Apart from being happy, it’ll help them develop a better immunity system which will aid in the recovery of illnesses.



6.     Routine


Although they’re small, children often expect a certain level of structure or routine in their life. Hence, create boundaries that will help them feel secure and stable instead of restricting them to a particular lifestyle.


7.     Help them differentiate between privileges and rights


Your children will need to understand the difference between their rights and privileges. This is crucial to the development of a happy child. Help them understand that privileges are earned and the rights they have to exist in order to protect them.