Healing Hands: Keep kids active as school returns

The new school year brings a chance for children to start some good new habits.

During summer, children may have been involved with hours of bike riding, swimming and playing with friends. Keeping children active throughout the school year is essential.

Making sure children get at least one hour of activity a day can improve their health and help instill good behavior. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 17 percent of 2- to 19-year-olds — 12.7 million youths — are obese. This makes developing a love for exercise an important component in children’s health.

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