Monday, December 3, 2012

Five Fun And Messy Art Projects For Active Kids

Too often we think of art projects as something kids can do only while sitting quietly. Fortunately, for those of us with squirmy, active kids, that’s not true! Summer is the perfect time to get your active and creative kids outside to make some messy art projects. Here are five fun art activities to get you started.

Splatter Painting. Encourage your little Jackson Pollocks to create a giant masterpiece. Spread out a large piece of paper on the ground and provide a variety of paint and brushes. Kids will enjoy splattering, dripping and flicking paint across the paper. Stand clear because this gets really fun and really messy very quickly!

Marble Rolling: Place a piece of paper in a deep tray or large bin. Kids can coat marbles or other small objects such as golf or ping pong balls with paint. They could even use toy cars. Have children place paint-coated objects in the tray and tilt the tray to roll the objects back and forth in different directions. Kids will love manipulating the objects to make tracks across the paper.

Container Painting. Wrap a piece of paper along the inside edge of a container. Large yogurt containers work especially well, but any size container, large or small, will do. Have kids squirt a few dime-sized blobs of paint in the container and drop in several small objects: marbles, pom pom or cotton balls, rocks, and acorns produce great results. Place lid tightly on container and shake, roll, and toss it around. Put on some music and dance! When kids decide they’re done, open up the container and view the new masterpiece.

Foot Painting. You’ve heard of finger painting, so why not let your kids paint with their toes? Spread out a large piece of paper, squirt paint in a tray that kids can step into. Let your kids walk, run, dance, skip, hop and jump across the paper. A bucket of soapy water will come in handy before they head back inside!

Ball Painting. This one is not for the faint of heart, but kids love it. Coat tennis or ping pong balls with tempera paint and let your kids bounce them against paper you’ve spread out on the ground, or hung on a fence. If you use washable paints and are feeling especially brave, let the kids loose on the driveway, the fence, or the even the garage door. The art will stay put until the next rain storm – or until someone turns the hose on it!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Raising Healthy, Active Kids

Since we launched “Let’s Move,” folks from every sector of society have been stepping up to help our kids lead healthier lives.
 Major food manufacturers are cutting sugar, salt and fat from their products.  Restaurants are revamping kids’ menus and loading them with healthier, fresher options.  Companies like Walgreens, SuperValu, Walmart, Calhoun’s Grocery are committing to build new stores and to sell fresh food in underserved communities all across this country.
Congress passed historic legislation to provide more nutritious school meals to millions of American children.  Our schools are growing gardens all over the place.  Cities and towns are opening farmers markets.  Congregations are holding summer nutrition programs for their kids.  Parents are reading those food labels, and they’re rethinking the meals and the snacks that they serve their kids.
 So while we still have a long way to go, we have seen so much good progress.  We’ve begun to have an impact on how, and what, our kids are eating every single day.  And that is so important.  It’s so important.
 But it’s not enough.  There is still more to do.  Because we all know that the problem isn’t just what’s happening at meal time or at snack time.  It’s also about how our kids are spending the rest of their time each and every day. It’s about how active our kids are.
The First Lady explained that today’s children are the most sedentary generation in the history of our country. They spend an average of 7.5 hours a day watching TV and using computers, cell phones, or video games. Only one-quarter of them play outside every day, compared to three-quarters just one generation ago. It wasn’t always like this, she said:

Many of you probably grew up just like I did.  Back then … remember how we would walk to school every day?  You would get to school and then you’d run around the playground before the bell rang.  You’d get to school early just to run around before the bell rang.
Then just a couple of hours later, we were back outside for recess -- more running around.  And then after lunch, we had another recess, and then all of us, we all had regular P.E. classes.  And then once you got out of school, if you didn’t have homework, we spent hours riding bikes, jumping rope, playing ball, playing tag.  And you didn’t come home until dinner was ready.  And if your mother was anything like mine, she’d send you right back out.
Back then, kids were constantly in motion.  We rarely went more than a few hours without engaging in some kind of heart-pounding, sweat-inducing, active play. And that’s an important word:  play. Back then, play meant physical activity.  Sitting around watching TV didn’t count as playing.
She said that a number of factors have led to this change. Urban sprawl means kids are less likely to walk to school. Budget cuts mean fewer P.E. classes and school sports. Neighborhoods have fewer parks and sidewalks. The Internet is available 24/7, meaning there’s always an opportunity to stay inside be entertained by something on a screen.

Unfortunately, this sedentary lifestyle has real consequences, especially for children. Their growing bodies need physical activity for building healthy bones and muscles, maintaining healthy hearts and lungs, and controlling anxiety and stress. Unhealthy kids require costly medical treatment for preventable conditions. Overweight and obese students are likely to miss more than two weeks of school each year, meaning their parents lose days at work and businesses lose out on productivity.

The First Lady said that changing the way our children play and helping them become more active again will require a commitment from everyone.

So today, I want to call on all of you, and folks all across the country, to just step back and ask yourselves, “What more can I do to help our kids lead more active and healthy lives?”  I want you to ask yourselves what you can do to invest, or to innovate, or to inspire our kids to get out there and play again.
 And when I say invest, I don’t just mean money.  I also mean time, and energy, and passion.  I’m talking about schools that have started running clubs and fitness competitions; schools that are working physical activity into classes ranging from music to math.  I’m talking about communities keeping the high school gym open on weekends or organizing volunteers to refurbish parks and playgrounds.
I’m talking about faith leaders who are starting exercise ministries for families in their congregations.  I’m talking about businesses sponsoring youth sports leagues and helping their employees get active.  Because we know that when mom or dad starts getting in shape at work,that can have an impact on other members of the family at home.
The benefits to helping our the youngest members of our society get healthy will last far beyond our time:

And if we succeed, we won’t just raise this generation of children to be healthier adults.  You see, what you all understand is that when we instill healthy habits in our kids today, when we teach them to eat well and stay active today, that affects how they’ll raise their own children years from now.  That affects the habits that they’ll teach them and the food they’ll feed them and how healthy all of our grandkids will be.  And that can continue on throughout the generations.
 That’s what we’re doing here.  We’re impacting generations.  That is the kind of impact we can have, one that will last long after all of us are gone.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ex-olympic champion Sally Gunnell to get children active

With current obesity trends suggesting that one fifth of children will be overweight or obese by 2010. Sally Gunnell, Tumble Tots and Cartoonito are calling to children to join the 50,000 Tumble Tots members to Jump for Joy during National Children’s Activity Week.
Now in its 14th year, National Children’s Activity Week which runs from the 8th-14th October is supported by one of BritainĂ¢€™s best known female athletes, Olympic Gold Medallist, and mother of three, Sally Gunnell OBE. The campaign is designed to bring to the fore the importance of encouraging children to participate in physical activity from a young age. This year the Tumble Tots initiative is partnered by Cartoonito on Sky 619, a brand new pre-school channel from Cartoon Network.
Parents need to take the lead in developing their childrens physical and social development at an early age. Olympic Gold Medallist Sally Gunnell OBE says Children are never too young to get active. Right from the word go, activity should be a way of life and the impetus must come from parents. Kids love playing games with their parents and these activities don’t have to cost a fortune. The key point is to have fun and join in with them, because that’s what they really like, adds Sally, an avid supporter of National Children’s Activity Week campaign.
Jo Barlow, Vice President of Marketing and PR at Turner Kids Channels says: We’re delighted to be supporting Tumble Tot’s National Activity Week this year. It’s a great fit with our preschool channel Cartoonito which encourages pre-schoolers and parents to interact and have fun. Shows like Hi-5 and Go and Get a Grown Up actively promote activity, and we we’re pleased to support an initiative that does the same.
The importance of physical activity at an early age is paramount for our children to develop into healthy and active adults. We must all remember that physical activity is a tonic for the mind, as well as the body, reducing anxiety and stress and helping children to feel good about themselves. It also provides the perfect opportunity to mix with other children, learn to socialise and make friends. ,said, Veronica Periera MD Tumble Tots (UK) Ltd.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Here's what David had to say about Active Kids

"I'm so proud to be a new ambassador for Active Kids. I love it when I hear that I've inspired a young person to try out sport, and that's what Active Kids is all about. Plus, as a father of four, I know how important it is to encourage young people to be active, regardless of their ability.
Another reason why I'm delighted to be involved is the emphasis Active Kids places on inclusivity - which I'm passionate about. I believe that everyone should share an equal opportunity to enjoy sport and its many benefits. This year, the eyes of the world will be on us. So let's do everything we can to make sure Active Kids 2012 is another roaring success, and leaves a sporting legacy we can all be proud of"

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Nutrition for Active Kids

Young athletes often want to try sport supplements and energy drinks that promise to enhance sport performance.

Remind your child that most of these products do not significantly improve performance and that some are dangerous.

As an alternative to using sport supplements, encourage your child to train hard, eat well and get enough rest. These are tried and true solutions that athletes of all ages can use to perform at their best.
When it comes to sports, highly active kids have special needs. Help your child perform at his or her best during sport by making sure water is always available, providing healthy pre-exercise meals and snacks and discouraging sport supplements and energy drinks.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Here's what Ellie had to say about Active Kids

"I'm so excited about the London 2012 Paralympic Games! I'm also very proud to be an ambassador for Active Kids, as Sainsbury's is the standalone partner of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Active Kids is all about inspiration and inclusivity, which makes it a perfect fit with the Paralympics - and I wanted to do my bit.
As I'm sure you know, Active Kids encourages young people of all abilities to try sports. And if the Paralympics inspire you to give any sport a go, I'd be delighted. I'd love to emulate or improve on my two gold medals from the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
But the main thing is that I enjoy myself and give it my best shot - just as you should with any sport you try. So let's make 2012 a memorable and successful sporting year for all of us!"

Monday, October 1, 2012

Eat Smart Before You Start

Food helps to fuel physical activity. Help your active child play hard by offering meals and snacks based on Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide most of the time.
Choose a healthy pre-exercise snack to promote endurance. Follow the guidelines of the American College of Sport Medicine and encourage your child to choose a healthy meal or snack two to four hours before their favourite activity.
Make the best of it. Choose foods that are high in carbohydrates and low in fat, sugar and salt. Protein can be included (just keep the overall amounts relatively small, as protein can be slow to digest).
Healthy examples include low-fibre cereal with milk and fruit; a granola bar with yogurt and a banana; a turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread; a glass of milk and an apple.
Nerves a problem? Some children get nervous just before a big game or competition and can’t stomach solid foods. Take a calming time out. Offer your child a smoothie made with yogurt, fruit and milk or juice as an alternative to solid food choices.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Some Age-Based Advice

Preschoolers: Preschoolers need play and exercise that helps them continue to develop important motor skills — kicking or throwing a ball, playing tag or follow the leader, hopping on one foot, riding a trike or bike with training wheels, freeze dancing, or running obstacle courses.
Although some sports leagues may be open to kids as young as 4, organized and team sports are not recommended until they're a little older. Preschoolers can't understand complex rules and often lack the attention span, skills, and coordination needed to play sports. Instead of learning to play a sport, they should work on fundamental skills.
School-age: With school-age kids spending more time on sedentary pursuits like watching TV and playing computer games, the challenge for parents is to help them find physical activities they enjoy and feel successful doing. These can range from traditional sports like baseball and basketball to martial arts, biking, hiking, and playing outside.
As kids learn basic skills and simple rules in the early school-age years, there might only be a few athletic standouts. As kids get older, differences in ability and personality become more apparent. Commitment and interest level often go along with ability, which is why it's important to find an activity that's right for your child. Schedules start getting busy during these years, but don't forget to set aside some time for free play.
Teenagers: Teens have many choices when it comes to being active — from school sports to after-school interests, such as yoga or skateboarding. It's important to remember that physical activity must be planned and often has to be sandwiched between various responsibilities and commitments.
Do what you can to make it easy for your teen to exercise by providing transportation and the necessary gear or equipment (including workout clothes). In some cases, the right clothes and shoes might help a shy teen feel comfortable biking or going to the gym.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Nutrition for Active Kids

Fluids: Wetter is Better
Taking in enough water and other fluids is key to good sport performance. Water helps to cool the body during sport and also transports nutrients through the body.
Children have relatively high fluid needs. For example, nine- to 13-year-old children who are not overly active at least 2.1 to 2.4 litres of fluid each day. Active children will need more than these amounts.
Children don’t always know that they are thirsty. As a result, they may not take in enough water. Intense physical activity can also blunt or tone down feelings of thirst, making it especially challenging for active children to drink enough.
Fight dehydration (or a lack of fluid) by encouraging your child to drink water before during and after sport.
Give your children a water bottle to sip from when they are not active.Encourage your children to bring a water bottle to all exercise or sporting activities. Remind them to take a break every 10 to 15 minutes when they’re exercising to drink. Make sure that water is available after games or practices.
Water works! Plain, cool water is the best source of fluid during sports or other activities that last less than one hour.Fluid replacement beverages or sport drinks can be used during intense sports or activities that last more than one hour. Keep in mind that these drinks are high in sugar and shouldn’t be offered when your child is not active.
Discuss the symptoms of dehydration (or lack of fluid) with your child. Common symptoms include headache, fatigue, thirst, nausea, vomiting, chills and feeling faint.
If your child has these symptoms, he or she should tell the coach and stop playing or exercising.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Active kids grow into happier adults

Physically active children are likely to grow into happier adults, insulated against depression in later life.

This is the conclusion of a Deakin University study based on self-reported levels of physical activity and depression in 2,152 women and men.

Researchers found those reporting low physical activity levels as a child were 35 per cent more likely to report depression as adults compared to those reporting higher levels of physical activity in childhood.

Felice Jacka, a researcher with Deakin's School of Medicine, said, "Being physically active as a child may be important to adult mental health," according to a Deakin statement.

"Involvement in sport is also known to influence the development of important coping and stress management skills in children and adolescents and has been shown to be associated with greater emotional well-being in adolescents," Jacka said.

"Conversely, low levels of physical activity are linked with lower levels of social support in young adults which may influence risk factors for depression over one's life."

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sport Nutrition for Active Kids

Eating well plays a critical role in keeping sports fun and safe! This is especially true for highly active kids.

Helping your child to take in enough fluids, balanced pre-exercise meals and snacks, and encouraging them to avoid sport supplements will help keep them healthy and in the game.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Kids' Fitness Personalities

In addition to a child's age, it's important to consider his or her fitness personality. Personality traits, genetics, and athletic ability combine to influence kids' attitudes toward participation in sports and other physical activities, particularly as they get older.
Which of these three types best describes your child?
1. The nonathlete: This child may lack athletic ability, interest in physical activity, or both.
2. The casual athlete: This child is interested in being active but isn't a star player and is at risk of getting discouraged in a competitive athletic environment.
3. The athlete: This child has athletic ability, is committed to a sport or activity, and likely to ramp up practice time and intensity of competition.
If you understand the concepts of temperament and fitness types, you'll be better able to help your kids find the right activities and get enough exercise — and find enjoyment in physical activity. Some kids want to pursue excellence in a sport, while others may be perfectly happy and fit as casual participants.
The athlete, for instance, will want to be on the basketball team, while the casual athlete may just enjoy shooting hoops in the playground or on the driveway. The nonathlete is likely to need a parent's help and encouragement to get and stay physically active. That's why it's important to encourage kids to remain active even through they aren't top performers.
Whatever their fitness personality, all kids can be physically fit. A parent's positive attitude will help a child who's reluctant to exercise.
Be active yourself and support your kids' interests. If you start this early enough, they'll come to regard activity as a normal — and fun — part of your family's everyday routine.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Kids turn off the TV and play outside

CHILDREN are weaker and less muscular because indoor activities are replacing the great outdoors, according to an international study.

Exercises that 10-year-olds found easy a decade ago are more difficult for their counterparts of today, scientists have found - and time spent in front of the TV and computer is partly to blame.

New research in the child health journal Acta Paediatrica shows kids' "muscular fitness" is on the wane, which experts say could have serious long-term health effects.

The ability of 10-year-olds to perform sit-ups, grip objects and hold their own weight decreased in comparative studies in England in 1998 and 2008.

The study also found the children's body mass index had not changed, meaning that, "pound for pound, they're weaker and probably carrying more fat."

Associate Prof Jeff Walkley from RMIT's school of health sciences said the UK study reinforced global trends.

"Worldwide, kids are less able to undertake physical tasks than they were in the past," he said.

"At the extreme end, kids are just physically incapable of doing things like walking up stairs. Children are being driven everywhere ... doing less physically challenging things, and spending more time in front of the television and using social media."

Inactivity has never been a problem in the Walsh household.

Mother-of-three Jacque Walsh said her sons - football fanatics Sam, 10, Henry, 8, and Tommy, 4 - find any excuse to play outside.

"We have to call them in just to eat," she said.

"They love any sport, and they're really self-sufficient. Being fit and active is really important in our family."

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Age-Appropriate Activities

The best way for kids to get physical activity is by incorporating physical activity into their daily routine. Toddlers and preschoolers should play actively several times a day. Children 6 to 17 years should do 60 minutes or more physical activity daily. This can include free play at home, active time at school, and participation in classes or organized sports.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Exercising During the Day Makes Bedtime Okay

Kids can be moody.  Toddlers assert their independence by saying “no”  to whatever you tell them to do.  Even when it comes to sleeping at night, they shout back a resounding “No!”  Well, when the old tricks in the book do not work anymore, like warm milk and bedtime stories, here’s a new technique scientifically supported that might just help you with your bedtime dilemma.

Exercise! No, not you, but your kid.  However, joining him or her would be a good idea, too.

In New Zealand, a study discovered that school-aged kids who are physically active during the day fall asleep faster than their friends who lead a more sedentary lifestyle.  In the Archives of Disease in Childhood online, this study was published and has followed 519 children with a mean age of 7.3 years.

They found out that a child’s sleep latency is increased by 3.1 minutes for every hour a child was sedentary.

Actually, even without a study, parents would know what we’re talking about here.  Some of you parents reading this might recall that time when you allowed your kids to play all they want at the playground or swimming pool to “wear them out.”

Dr. David Rapoport, New York University Sleep Disorders Center director, told Forbes sedentary children may just need less sleep:

“I see this as something which we were designed by nature to do. The purpose of sleep is to recover from activity, and what this is showing is that that link is quite tight in the child. If the child exercises, they need more sleep and they get it more easily.”

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What Motivates Kids?

So there's a lot to gain from regular physical activity, but how do you encourage kids to do it? The three keys are:

Choosing the right activities for a child's age: If you don't, the child may be bored or frustrated.
Giving kids plenty of opportunity to be active: Kids need parents to make activity easy by providing equipment and taking them to playgrounds and other active spots.
Keeping the focus on fun: Kids won't do something they don't enjoy.
When kids enjoy an activity, they want to do more of it. Practicing a skill — whether it's swimming or riding a tricycle — improves their abilities and helps them feel accomplished, especially when the effort is noticed and praised. These good feelings often make kids want to continue the activity and even try others.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Get kids off the couch after school

A new report says that Canadian children and youth are not getting enough exercise especially after school.

The 2011 Report Card of Active Healthy Kids Canada documents that from approximately 3 to 6 p.m. children and teens get an average of 14 minutes of moderate-to vigorous-physical activity (MVPA).

This compares with an average of six hours of screen time for Canadian teens outside of school. Screen time includes TV, computer and video games. The report recommends the after school hours as a time of opportunity to get kids moving and suggests more supervised activities for children and teens immediately after the bell rings.

Though unconfirmed by research, 13,500 steps are considered roughly equivalent to 60 minutes of MVPA. Source: 2011 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Car d on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

The reason for the concern, the report notes, is that in recent years, obesity and physical inactivity have been a major focus of child health concerns in Canada. Evidence suggests that the percentage of obese children and youth is on the rise, leading to a physical inactivity crisis in Canada.

Art Quinney of Active Healthy Kids Canada says the federal government now spends about half what it did per person on promoting active living than it did in 1986. Quinney, also an exercise physiologist at the University of Alberta, says that doesn't make sense.

"The current generation of children will have a shorter life span than their parents. And it's simply due to the chronic conditions, that they will face as they move into their middle and later years are starting now as children. It is something that is happening right here, in our communities, now"

Physical activity can lead to significant improvements to cholesterol and blood lipid levels, hypertension also improves with exercise and there are improvements in symptoms of depression with aerobic exercise. Resistance training, weight-bearing activities and jumping improved bone density in children and teens.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Benefits of Being Active

When kids are active, their bodies can do the things they want and need them to do. Why? Because regular exercise provides these benefits:

strong muscles and bones
weight control
decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
better sleep
a better outlook on life
Healthy, physically active kids also are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful. And physical competence builds self-esteem at every age.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Active Kids Turn into Happy Adults

As a study carried out by Australian researcher suggests, being active as a child could significantly increase your wellbeing as an adult and lower your risk of developing depression.

The study collected the self-reported levels of physical activity before the age 15 of 2152 south-eastern Australian men and women. Even if the participants were working out in their adult lives, those who were not active in their childhood years had a risk of reporting depression that was 35% increased.

"Your environment when you're young really plays a major role in your health when you get older because your brain is developing, your stress response system is developing”, researcher Felice Jacka from Melbourne’s Deakin University said. She added that exercise promoted the growth of brain cells in areas often responsible for depressive illness.

Exercise in children had previously been linked to the development of crucial coping as well as stress management skills that benefit children as they develop into adolescents.

Also, children that are not encouraged to get active might generally receive less support as young adults, which might make them more prone to developing depression.

The findings will be published in the May issue of The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. Dr. Jacka suggests that children should at least get one hour of physical exercise per day.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Keeping Kids Active

Anyone who's seen kids on a playground knows that most are naturally physically active and love to move around. But what might not be apparent is that climbing to the top of a slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help lead kids to a lifetime of being active.

As they get older, it can be a challenge for kids to get enough daily activity. Reasons include increasing demands of school, a feeling among some kids that they aren't good at sports, a lack of active role models, and busy working families.

And even if kids have the time and the desire to be active, parents may not feel comfortable letting them freely roam the neighborhood as kids once did. So their opportunities might be limited.

Despite these barriers, parents can instill a love of activity and help kids fit it into their everyday routines. Doing so can establish healthy patterns that will last into adulthood.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Inactive kids under five demonstrating dangerous lifestyle habits

According to the 2010 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, Canadian kids five and younger are dangerously physically inactive.
"We are funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and our focus is on creating environments where families can learn about healthy lifestyles, while acknowledging the underlying factors that prevent positive outcomes," said Debby Turner, Community Action for Children program co-ordinator for Kids First in New Glasgow. 
"Poverty is one of these factors.  We offer programs to try to encourage healthy lifestyles for families to make changes based on their capacity."
The Report Card assigns an F for Physical Activity Levels, as only 12 per cent of Canadian children and youth are meeting Canada's physical activity guidelines.
Although international recommendations vary, children between the ages of one and five should participate in at least two hours of physical activity each day, accumulated over many sessions through play, games, active transportation and recreation.
Turner said several programs are offered free at their centre to help overcome some potential barriers.
"Our goal is healthier children through healthier family choices," said the co-ordinator.
The Kids First programs Jump, Jiggle and Jive and Food Mentors promotes a healthier lifestyle, physical activity and healthy eating habits, and GRASP - Guys or Girls Right After School Program - extends education into the middle school, inviting youth to explore healthy lifestyle choices.
"We already know that the early years are a critical period of growth and development, but growing evidence tells us that physical activity must be a fundamental part of the early-life experience," said Dr. Mark Tremblay, chief scientific officer, Active Healthy Kids Canada, and director of Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute - Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group.
"Studies show that children who are obese before six are likely to be obese later in childhood, and it's estimated that overweight two- to five-year-olds are four times as likely to become overweight as adults.
Preschool obesity is on the rise in Canada, yet we do not have physical activity guidelines for children five and under."
The report card gave an F grade for Screen Time for the third year in a row considering 90 per cent of children begin watching TV before their second birthday.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How to Get Your Kids to Exercise

With so many distractions for kids not to exercise, from video games to computers, the fattening of America is taking place at an ever increasing pace. Kids are heavier and more unfit than any other time in our history.
Children need to accumulate at least 30-60 minutes of moderate activity each day. However, it’s estimated that only one in three American children participate in daily physical activity. About one-fourth of young people from the ages of 12 to 21 are not getting any vigorous exercise at all.
You may be asking…what is the secret to getting my kids to be more active? It’s you mom and dad. Everyone has heard the saying, “The family that prays together stays together”, the same can be said for exercise, “The family that plays together stays fit together.” One of the best ways to increase the overall fitness of you and your family is by exercising together. Choose fun activities such as tag, hide-and seek, kick-ball and other active running games.  Having variety in your activities is the key to keeping all family members enjoying exercise. Make it fun! Let the kids imaginations determine the game.  Motivation comes through your example, creative activities, and persistence. Physical activity sessions do not need to last longer than 30-60 minutes but should be scheduled on a regular basis.
In my experience working with children, those who get the appropriate amount of daily exercise also enjoy the ability to sleep better, reduce stress levels and are happier.  Remember as you take the lead in your children’s activity level you will get the same great benefits and much more.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Active Feet

Active Feet is here to plan you a memorable child birthday party. Kids love birthday parties and they want to have absolute fun on their special day. They will enjoy an exciting, high-energy birthday party, with lots of activities and fun! YOU can make your child’s party a special occasion they will cherish for years.

From soccer, tag ruby, cricket, tug of war, basketball, Kick-Off Castle games, to exciting jolly pirate football capers and treasure hunt games, we are guaranteeing that all your guests enjoy a party to remember.

Our fully qualified & equipped coaches will provide 1-3 hours of absolute fun and games.

We will come with all the equipment and we can organize your child’s special day at your home, synagogue, community centre, school, church, or another location of your choice to provide you with many options.