Experts suggest solutions to help children be active


To help children be active, parents also need to be optimistic, and at the same time give their children the opportunity to exercise and participate in practical experiences, according to psychologist Dr. To Nhi A.

Being active is considered an important factor to help children grow up both physically and mentally. However, Covid-19 with social distancing and online learning made many children frustrated, slow and passive. Psychologist Dr. To Nhi A, lecturer at the Central College of Pedagogy in Ho Chi Minh City, said that the narrowing of living space, implementing 5K has cut a lot of opportunities to exercise, communicate, move and explore. of children. This leads to an imbalance in both physical and mental health. Limiting activities and excessive exposure to age-appropriate media products can lead to unwise, dangerous behaviors and unscientific rhythms of life. In addition, the pressure that parents are experiencing can also cause parents to negatively communicate with their children, causing them to suffer emotional trauma.

Dr. To Nhi A. Photo: NVCC

With the same concern, specialist doctor II Do Thi Ngoc Diep, Vice President of the Vietnam Nutrition Association, said that children should have more than 2 hours of physical activity per day and less than 2 hours of sedentary time per day. “Lack of physical activity will increase the risk of overweight and obesity, affect digestive and absorption functions, affect height growth, muscle mass and bone quality. If you spend a lot of time playing games , surfing the web … children will have an increased risk of emotional disorders, vision loss, trouble sleeping …”, the doctor said.

To help children overcome the difficult period caused by the epidemic and maintain a spirit of dynamism and creativity, Dr. To Nhi A advises parents to have a plan and seriously organize a life for the whole family. The female lecturer said that movement is a very important factor that needs to be taken into account. Physical activity is always valuable for the improvement of health indicators. Movement helps eliminate negative emotions, thereby regulating psychological life effectively. “Maintaining a fitness regimen is not simply a matter of sportsmanship but also a supportive activity for mental health,” said Dr. To Nhi A.

She suggested that parents design diverse life activities, giving children movement opportunities (exercises in narrow spaces, types of exercise combined with moderate labor at home), as well as a daily schedule. The program is rich in experiences: cleaning together, cooking together, studying, entertaining, small projects at home such as crafting, taking care of plants, pets, … so that children can initiate and stay positive during the epidemic.

Movement helps to stay active and supports both physical and mental health.  Photo: Thien Kim

A mother in Ho Chi Minh City accompanies her child as he performs exercises at home. Photo: Thien Kim

In addition to the obstacle caused by the epidemic, many parents complain that sometimes their children may have difficulty in movement if they live in big cities with cramped space even in the normal period. However, specialist doctor II Do Thi Ngoc Diep said that although many residential areas in urban areas are not convenient, there are still many ways for children to increase movement and practice sports. “A lot of sports can be played in a narrow space such as running, jumping rope, narrow gymnastics, barbell, ball…, movement games. Children can also participate in training at fitness centers. do sports near home or near school, join sports clubs at school. Parents should help children build a reasonable study and play plan so that they can spend time doing physical activity.” doctor said.

Dr. To Nhi A agrees that sports activities are diverse and rich in exercises, enough to solve difficulties such as the narrow space of the current situation of families. On-site exercises, movements like yoga are easy to find from internet resources.

Or recently, MILO has just introduced “Dynamic Playground” on Zalo with the challenge of “7 dynamic days”. Joining the program, mother and baby will experience together 5 days of practicing their favorite sport with exercises from basic to advanced and 2 days of rest to supplement nutrition and energy according to the diet. Recommended by experts. During the period from November 8 to December 5, the playground is giving away 11,500 limited edition pen boxes to players who complete the first 2 days of the challenge and 4,000 sports bags for players who complete the 7 days of testing. The earliest challenge is to stimulate the child to participate in movement, thereby forming good habits.

MILO's dynamic playground on mobile applications.

MILO’s “dynamic playground” on mobile application.

Dr. To Nhi A emphasized that the theory is general but not “absolutely correct” for all children. Therefore, parents need to observe to recognize the information of children in each stage. In addition, allowing children to participate in a variety of life activities is an important way to identify their abilities and development trends. “It is difficult to know that our child has motor intelligence if he has never been involved in motor exercises; we hardly recognize a pragmatic child if his or her individual activities are poor. When we give children real experiences, we can measure their need for a personalized educational program, suitable for children is such a program. any,” said Dr. To Nhi A.

Specialist Doctor II Do Thi Ngoc Diep added, in addition to exercise, parents also need to pay attention to nutrition issues to help children be flexible and active. Parents need to set an example for their children in the practice of combining nutrition and movement, living an active, optimistic and positive life. Parents can guide children about a balanced diet to promote health and optimal development for children. It could be building a nutritious menu together, choosing foods rich in micronutrients and preparing nutritious dishes together…

Specialist Doctor II Ngoc Diep recommends that meals should provide enough energy and nutrients including protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber to meet growth. children and improve resistance during epidemics. The nutrients that need to be strengthened to improve resistance are protein, vitamin A, vitamin B group, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E; zinc, iron and some other super trace minerals such as selenium, iodine and probiotics. Children need to eat a variety, enough and balance of food groups including rice and cereals, meat and poultry, fish and seafood, eggs, green vegetables, fruits, milk and dairy products, vegetable oils animals and some nuts such as almonds and walnuts to provide enough nutrients for the body.

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To participate in the challenge of “7 Active Days”, mothers and babies can scan the QR code on the special edition MILO box “dynamic Vietnam everywhere” using the Zalo application or visit here.

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