This week the Arizona Nutrition Network is launching a new public awareness campaign called “Put a Little Play Into Your Day” to increase physical activity throughout Arizona. The effort is an important step in addressing obesity, one of Arizona’s leading health priorities identified in the Arizona Health Improvement Plan.

We know that physical activity, at least 60 minutes a day, where kids live, learn and play is essential for growing healthy kids.  Adults need at least 150 minutes a week of moderate activity (like brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (such as jogging) along with muscle-strengthening activities (weight training or yoga, for example) at least twice per week.

As a mom, I know how important it is to start healthy habits with active play in preschool, and having quality physical activity as a part of the school day is essential. Working together, we can help our neighborhoods to be ones where active living and healthy eating are an easy choice.

“Put a Little Play Into Your Day” offers fun, free and low-cost activities, and simple tips for families to have fun together while moving more. Being physically active as a family will help children learn healthy habits to last a lifetime.