Regular physical activity is good for your health and one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise helps strengthen bones and muscles, improve mental health and mood, and increase your chances of living longer in addition to reducing risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers!

But did you know that exercising can also be good for the economy? Researchers at John Hopkins University looked at the effects of children exercising on economic factors like future workplace productivity and healthcare spending. They found that if half of the all children aged 8 to 11 in the U.S. exercised rigorously for about 25 minutes three times a week – the recommended level of exercise from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – the US would save an estimated $32 billion every year in health expenses! Moreover, if 100% of children exercised for one hour every day, healthcare costs would drop up to $120 billion each year.

This summer, find ways to stay active with your child. Check out local fitness classes, try outdoor activities like bike rides or swimming, or throw a family dance party!

Be sure to talk with your primary care physician about the best ways to keep your little one movin’ this summer, or if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s health!

Read more about the Johns Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center model in the New York Times or in the original journal article published in Health Affairs.