Keeping the kids active this winter

Members of the Norris family slide down the hill at Hayford Park in Bangor on Christmas day. Pictured are from right: Sarah Norris, Brian Norris, Joey Norris, 6, Anna Norris, 5, and Marion Norris. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
Members of the Norris family slide down the hill at Hayford Park in Bangor on Christmas day. Pictured are from right: Sarah Norris, Brian Norris, Joey Norris, 6, Anna Norris, 5, and Marion Norris. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
By Kate Yerxa, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Posted Dec. 30, 2010, at 11:49 a.m.

As the new year arrives, many parents resolve to encourage their children to be more active indoors and out despite the colder, shorter days of winter. Even though it can be a major challenge to keep children engaged in physical activity, exercise keeps kids’ minds sharp and ready to learn, reduces stress, keeps kids healthy, and builds healthy lifestyle habits for the future. Here are some suggestions for keeping kids motivated and moving this winter:

Kate Yerxa is a nutrition and physical activity educator at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

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