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Are Our Kids Getting Enough Exercise?

Exercise Health Piki Piki Bike

According to a paper by the University of Washington and published in Pediatrics, pre-school children only get about 48 minutes of exercise on average per day. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that kids get at least one hour of daily physical activity. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently stressed that “play is fundamentally important for learning 21st century skills, such as problem solving, collaboration, and creativity, which require the executive functioning skills that are critical for adult success.”1 

Children, even pre-school boys and girls, spend a lot more time these days on a device or watching TV. The AAP notes that “the typical preschooler watches 4.5 hours of television per day.”1 Too much screen time and not enough physical activity adds to the problem of childhood obesity. And obese children and adolescents are “around five times more likely to be obese in adulthood than those who were not obese”2.

To get toddlers / pre-school boys and girls to engage in physical activity we need to give them physical activities that they enjoy. Kristin Garner, a Physical Therapist and Director of Clinical Services at the High Hopes for Kids Development Center in Franklin, Tennessee says the following about the Piki Piki Bike: “The kids are really enjoying the Piki Piki Bike. I have been using it with a lot of my kids in PT (physical therapy) to encourage lower extremity strengthening and independent mobility. I know the kids in pre-school are enjoying it too. They regularly have races around the playground. One nice thing about the bike is that it can be enjoyed by a wide variety of age / size groups and ability levels.”

The Piki Piki bike was designed specifically for pre-school kids. It is propelled by the child’s feet and therefore gives a child great exercise (and enjoyment).

1 The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children

2 Predicting adult obesity from childhood obesity: a systematic review and meta‐analysis

 



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