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Posture


Remember your mother telling you, “Stand up straight!”? If you’re a parent, you’ve probably said the same thing to your child. It is important to have good posture. Good posture in childhood may prevent back problems later. And if your young child slouches now, his poor posture may only become worse when he reaches adolescence. Teens are often seen slouching or slumped, with their heads down and shoulders rounded. Boys may slouch because they don’t want to stand out from the crowd. Girls may slouch or stoop because they are afraid of appearing taller than their friends, or embarrassed by their breast development. Encourage your child to practice good posture. Whether sitting, standing or exercising, the body should be straight but relaxed, with the head level, shoulders back and abdomen tucked in.


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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