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Fun activities can establish positive healthy lifestyle in young children
Inactivity and poor eating habits are two of the most important concerns surrounding childhood obesity. With these activities, you can address one of those concerns by incorporating developmentally appropriate physical activity into a child’s day for ages two through six.
When it comes to physical activity and proper nutrition, young children need more encouragement and structure than ever before—especially in a culture inundated by video games, television, and fast food. Active Start for Healthy Kids: Activities, Exercises, and Nutritional Tips contains a wealth of fun, easy-to-implement activities that are specifically designed to teach 2- to 6-year-old children important health concepts. With this book as your guide, you can reach children in their formative years and help them develop positive behaviors that will last a lifetime.
Dr. Stephen Virgilio has been a children’s health expert for more than 25 years. In this book he provides a wealth of safe, inexpensive, and developmentally appropriate activities that parents, teachers, and caregivers can implement:
More than 50 developmental exercises and activities for flexibility,
muscular fitness, and cardiorespiratory endurance
20 fun family physical activities
16 motor skill activities
21 yoga poses and games
18 dance and rhythm activities
The top 10 nutritional guidelines for parents and teachers
Heart-healthy kids’ recipes
Help children engage in exercise that will benefit them for years to come. Active Start for Healthy Kids: Activities, Exercises, and Nutritional Tips is the first step toward a fuller, longer, and better life for the next generation.
Section I Chapter 1. Let’s Get Started Chapter 2. The Possibilities
Section II Chapter 3. Eating Healthy: Fuel for Fitness
Section III Chapter 4. Fun Family Physical Activity Chapter 5. Let’s Exercise Chapter 6. Go-Go Games Chapter 7. Skills and Thrills Chapter 8. Rhythm and Movement Chapter 9. Yoga for Kids
Stephen J. Virgilio, PhD, is a professor and director of graduate studies at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He has researched and taught the issues surrounding children's health for more than 25 years and has served as a consultant to companies such as Fisher-Price, Sport-Fun, and Dannon Yogurt as well as to school districts across the country. Dr. Virgilio codeveloped and authored the nationally known Heart Smart Program, a comprehensive health-intervention project at the elementary school level. He also served as the coauthor of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education's (NASPE) Active Start Guidelines and wrote Fitness Education for Children, a book that teaches health-related fitness at the elementary school level. Dr. Virgilio has been quoted in numerous publications, including the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today newspapers, as well as Child and Parenting magazines. He also has been a guest on several national broadcasts, including the radio program Parent Talk and ABC's 20/20. Since 1977, he has been a member of NASPE and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Dr. Virgilio resides with his wife, Irene, in East Williston, New York.