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January 2013 • #44
A Note from the Medical Editor
As the winter months grow colder and hours of sunlight grow shorter, it can be harder for your family to keep up with their New Year's fitness goals.  But, don’t let physical inactivity be a result of the dreary weather.

Keep your kids active and off the couch by trying some winter sports such as skiing, skating, or sledding. You could even check out a local children’s museum or walk around the mall – any opportunity to get them up and moving is a good one!

~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,
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Encouraging Your Child to be Physically Active
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Strength Training Basics (Video)
Pediatrician and sports medicine expert Dr. Jordan Metzl discusses strength training and the latest AAP recommendations in this new video clip. Go >
The FITT Plan for Physical Activity
Learn more about the FITT method (frequency, intensity, type, time) and get valuable fitness tips for the whole family. Go >
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If it’s too cold to go outside, try playing some active games inside such as Twister, Simon Says and Red Light/Green Light.
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