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Put the Fun Back in to Fitness...

October, 2014

Keeping kids engaged in an active lifestyle is easy for grown-ups that are active themselves. If the children sense that fitness is work and not fun - they may flat refuse to participate. If they are having fun, it's more likely that they will want to continue to participate.

At one of the childcare centers I worked at there was a particular curriculum implemented at certain times of the year that focused on child fitness. All the activities were fun and educational and were appropriate for the specific age groups. They learned how to play sports and games from different countries and also learned how the activities affect the body.

It is vital for children to know the importance of staying healthy and active for a longer healthier life. When children are taught healthy habits at a young age, they are more likely to continue healthy habits as an adult.

My mamma always told me that the key to a healthy body is a healthy mind. Get out there and "Play Smart and Play Safe!"

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  • Keeping your Children Healthy and Happy
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  • Every Child Learns and Grows Differently
  • Color Pages: Untied Shoe Laces... and Storms and Playground...
  • I Spy Slyde: Slyde Spent the 4th of July in Caldwell, Idaho
  • Featured Friends: LuckyDog Recreation Construction Crew and Braide

Keeping your Children Healthy and Happy...

In addition to playground fun, engaging in youth sports is another way to encourage children to “get outside". Taken from the summary of an article published by Playground Professionals in the Playground Magazine Summer 2014 entitled Improving the Health and Fitness of Children for a Lifetime of Health, Executive Director of the National Council of Youth Sports, Sally S. Johnson stated: 

"Youth sports plays an important role as the conduit through which children learn important life lessons, values, compassion, and good ethics. It is that relationship between sports skills and life skills that provide our young athletes with the fundamentals they need to succeed both on and off the playing field."

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Every child learns and grows differently...

Every child's mind works differently; it is up to teachers, parents, and caregivers to give them what they need to be able to succeed. Physical activity during a child's day can not only help them get out their excess energy but help them focus on tasks while in the classroom.

Working in a preschool and school age classroom overtime I learned that it does not matter what age a child is, the more active they are the less likely they are to cause mischief. We all know that when we let our guard down and the room gets really quiet and there are no kids in sight something is going wrong. Then you go around the corner to find the  kids coloring a crayon mural all over the white walls. I found in my classrooms that the more prepared I was and the more activities I had planned, the less chances there were for the kids to get bored or rambunctious.

Keeping kids active whether it is their minds or their bodies can be done by simply getting up and going on a walk. Some children do not have the ability to sit for long periods of time. They need to have the chance to get up and move around to stay focused to complete their tasks. The article provided was written by Angela Hanscom; she gives her professional opinion as a pediatric occupational therapist to the importance of physical activity in children.

"A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her 6-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder).This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today." Read more

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