We hope this booklet can serve as an effective resource to incorporate healthy eating and active living into your child’s everyday life. Changing behaviors around healthy eating and exercise in families who have children with intellectual disabilities can present many obstacles. We hope the tips and suggestions offered in this booklet will help you and your child get one step closer to improving overall health and well-being!
How much exercise does my child need?
Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities need one hour of physical activity each day, just as all children do! Physical activity also helps with issues such as lack of focus, impulsivity, and poor social skills. These movements stimulate a child’s brain and increase the hormones that help with attention, focus, and concentration, and will ultimately help their self-esteem.
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