Steps to More Active Kids – by Jenny Flynn
Everyone wants to stay young, but for kids it is so important that we as parents and family members need to provide the best tools to make them succeed in and out of the classroom.
Our bodies are amazing! You can almost always get a ‘do over’; it doesn’t take long, and it isn’t that hard if you just know what to do. I would like to point out a few ideas to get you started, then you will have the tools to teach not only your children but others also. We, at Letslose want you to know how much control you have over your quality and length of life.
Believe it or not, in the United States only 6% of middle and high schools provide daily physical education or P.E., as we from the old school used to call it, and 20% of elementary schools have
abolished P.E. altogether!
We, at Letslose, want everyone to realize that Physical Education reduces stress and calms kids, (and adults too), making them happier and more attentive. Physically fit kids are more
likely to skip risky behavior which may lead to trouble down the road and later in life. PE is also the best way to battle obesity. In today’s society, 30% of all teenagers are obese and have
type 2 diabetes, which has increased 21% since 2001. This fact is known to threaten children’s heart health even while they are young.
Now that Summer is over and school is back in session, here are some healthy tips to help get you and your kids on the fast track to a healthier lifestyle.
Step 1: Get your entire family off the sofa and away from the computer.
Active parents have kids who are 5 to 6 times more physical than children of “couch-potatoes”.
Step 2: Plan seasonal fun activities:
Walk for 30 to 45 minutes after dinner
Take kids for a swim in the afternoon
Go on a hike
Do tasks around the yard
Go to the park and workout
Step 3: Make it a community effort- get friends, neighbors and teachers involved
Good luck and don’t give up! Strive for that goal and work hard to achieve it.
Phil. 4:13 I can all things through Christ who strengthens me.
About the Author: Jenny Flynn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Foods at Auburn University. Her life’s work revolves around dietary health and fitness. Jenny is passionate about helping others with weight related issues.