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Ways to keep kids active in winter

Gigi Chawla, MD, senior medical director of primary care for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, joined WCCO Mid-Morning hosts Kylie Bearse and Jason DeRusha to share fun ways parents can make sure their kids are burning energy and getting necessary exercise during cold winter months.

Kids are encouraged to stay active for one hour every day, and it’s great when parents participate, too.

Fun activities include:

  • Rock climbing at an indoor climbing center
  • Walking at the Mall of America
  • Throwing a dance party for the kids at home
  • Playing video games on the Nintendo Wii, Wii U, Xbox Kinect or PlayStation Move

When daytime hours and sunlight exposure are limited, it’s even more important to take in vitamin D. Unless you live in Florida, you probably aren’t getting enough of it. Vitamin D can be found in foods such as salmon, shellfish and dairy products and is available as a supplement in pill form.