A Day Made for Play: The Longest Day of Play

June 21 is the summer solstice—the longest day of the year. This also makes June 21 the Longest Day of Play! Take advantage of the extra daylight and encourage kids in your community to play one more inning of baseball with their friends, swim an extra lap in the pool, play another game of tag, or enjoy a few extra minutes on their bike. The CDC recommends that children and adolescents participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and the Longest Day of Play is the perfect day to get that amount, and more.

Regular physical activity helps reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, and promotes psychological well-being. Parents and other adults in communities can play an important role in shaping the attitudes and behaviors of their children toward physical activity. On the Longest Day of Play, you can:

  • Set a positive example and join in the physical activity—make it a part of your family’s routine
  • Take kids to places where they can be active, such as public parks or community basketball courts
  • Make physical activity fun—be positive about participation and encourage kids to try new things
  • Be safe and provide appropriate protective equipment for all activities

On this Longest Day of Play, think back to all the fun summer nights you spent as a kid, and tell your child to keep playing!

For more information about how to get you and your community active, visit www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity.

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The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recommend that children and adolescents aged 6-17 years should have 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day.
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