Playing in Healthy North Dakota

We work hard in North Dakota. Some of us have jobs that keep us active, but others of us are sitting for the better part of the day. Added to that, we in North Dakota have one of the highest rates of people with more than one job. That equates for some people to little opportunity for physical activity.

Healthy North Dakota invites you to consider the importance of physical activity, and to make physical activity fun! Explore the ways you can be active in the great outdoors of North Dakota.

Walk ND is a walking program to get people moving! This program is a simple and motivating way to boost your physical activity every day, no matter how busy you are. Next program begins January 13, 2008!

“Play is the work of the child” (Maria Montessori): Children benefit in several ways from play: playing helps children develop socially and emotionally. Play aids in learning, allows for the release of stress, and provides the opportunity for physical activity.

Help children be physically active; consider playing with your children and supporting recess, parks and other places for physical activity in your community.

Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development: A recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics emphasizes the importance of free and unstructured play for helping children reach social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones, as well as helping them manage stress and develop resilience.

Kids need recess – and so do adults. Here are some tips for adults for making physical activity part of your day.

100 Ways to Add 2000 Steps is a great list of ideas to incorporate physical activity into your day.

Look for more suggestions for physical activity in each of the Ages and Stages.