Okay, okay . . . You’ve heard it a thousand times before, and you know you should, but as one working mom put it, “Who has the time?” In actuality, of course, most of us can eke out 30 minutes most days of the week to walk, jog, lift some weights . . . You’ve got the idea, and it goes for our kids, too.
Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled in the past 30 years and currently stand at 19.6% of our 6- to 11-year-olds and 18.1% of those 12 to 19. Altogether, about one-third of our kids are either overweight or obese, and you can’t blame it all on Ronald McDonald.
Sure, calorie intake counts, but so does activity level, and, truth is, many of our kids spend more time glued to a screen or their cell phones than they do engaged in physical activity or vigorous play. Point in fact, researchers tell us that while our 6- to 11-year-olds are getting about 88 minutes of daily vigorous physical activity, our 12- to 15-year-olds are only putting in about 33 minutes. Worse yet, are our older teens and their 25 minutes.
These numbers are alarming especially given the CDC’s recommendation that 6- to 19-year-olds put in an hour or more of physical activity every day. Ironically, the federal government has been promoting a healthy lifestyle since 1983 when May was first named National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and we can’t afford to continue ignoring their message. Says the White House, “We want everyone to know that being physically active is not only important for one’s health, but it is fun and easier than most people think.”
That goes for all of us, young and old alike, so consider signing the whole family up for the President’s Challenge. It’s parents, after all, who make the most difference. Indeed, according to a recent University of Michigan poll, one-third of parents said their children don’t get enough exercise at school, so, yes, it’s up to us on the home front.
And while you’re at it, be sure to make sports part of your game plan. Out here in Montgomery County, the way to go is with i9 Sports. Here’s what’s coming up in the fall: :
· Pre-Season Soccer Camp, August 22-26, at East Norriton Middle School, 330 Roland Drive in Norristown, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for 3- to 5-year-olds, and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for 6- to 10 year-olds.
· Flag Football on Saturdays, September 17th to November 5th, at East Norriton Middle School, 330 Roland Drive in Norristown, along with Cedarbrook Middle School, 300 Longfellow Road in Wyncote, and Meadowbrook School, 1641 Hampton Road in Abington. Boys and girls, 4 to 14, are all welcome; no experience is required.
· Soccer for kids 6 to 14, on Saturdays, September 17th to November 5th, at East Norriton Middle School, 330 Roland Drive in Norristown.
· Instructional Leagues for 3- to 5-year-olds, at East Norriton Middle School, 330 Roland Drive in Norristown, on Saturday mornings, September 17th to November 5th.
· Basketball at Aspiring Champions Gym, 970 Pulaski Drive in King of Prussia, Sunday afternoons, September 18th to November 6th.
Be sure to enroll your son or daughter up soon by calling 215-292-8632 or writing to [email protected]; then get on with your Memorial Day plans and the summer to come.
With all that upcoming outdoor activity, however, accidents are sure to happen, sometimes just skinned knees, but sometimes broken bones, and we all know what that means. Casts and water simply don’t mix, making baths difficult, let alone pool time or a week at the beach. Until now, that is.
DryPro is an air-tight, waterproof arm and leg protector that puts water fun right back into summer and all year long, cast and all. It comes in various sizes and is made from surgical latex which comfortably vacuum seals around a cast, preventing any water seepage at all. Not so much as a drop!
You should know, too, that DryPro also fits over prosthetics, PICC lines, and ostomies, too. There’s even a wrap for cell phones and iPads, so they’ve got us covered every which way. For more information, just call 1-888-337-9776.
While you’re at it, be sure to enter DryPro’s Summer Photo Contest between now and July 30th by sending in a photo of your child in a cast. You’ll then be eligible to win a Nintendo 3DS and a Watertight DryPro Cast Cover, too. Just log into the company’s Facebook page, “like” DryPro, and then post your photo. That’s all there is to it.
Bottom line: don’t let anything stop you—not even a broken bone—from getting the whole family on the move this summer and all year long—slimming down, feeling energized, staying healthy. No regrets.