Raising Fit Kids: Move

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How should I encourage my overweight teen to participate in sports?

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Overweight teens may benefit from joining a sports team that is grouped by skill instead of age. If your teen dislikes or is uncomfortable with the idea of competitive sports, encourage a sport such as cycling or running.

And it's a good idea to talk with the coach to get a feel for his or her style. A good match can mean a win-win situation for everyone.

From: 5 Ways to Help Unfit Teens Get Moving WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 08, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 09/08/2019

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Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 08, 2019

Ruiz, J. April 2010. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine,

Spear, B. December 2007. Pediatrics,

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Tips to Reduce Screen Time."

Women's Health.gov: "Body Works: A Toolkit for Teens and Strong Families."

American Heart Association: "Tips for Raising Heart-Healthy, Active Children."

McGuigan, M. January 2009. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Policy Statement: Strength Training by Children and Adolescents."

HealthyChildren.org, American Academy of Pediatrics: "Physical Activity: Make the Right Choice for Your Child;" "Encouraging Your Child to be Physically Active;" "Making Fitness A Way of Life;" and "Physical Activity = Better Health."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 08, 2019

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