Keep kids’ bodies, minds active this summer

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It’s important for kids to get outside and be active. It’s not only great for their health, but helps with socialization, too.

There are always free activities going on during the summer, so parents can be on the lookout on social media.

Reading is a great option as well.

“It’s nice because you can kind of mix two things in, maybe take a walk to the library to get your books and walk back home so you’re getting exercise. You’re getting your books at the same time, and I always stress to kids that the nice thing about reading in the summer…is that you don’t have to read an assigned book,” said Dr. Gina Robinson, a pediatrician.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children spend an average of seven hours a day on screens.