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Readily accessible digital entertainment devices and programs have played a major role in making modern kids more sedentary than ever before. Without regular physical activity, kids face an elevated risk of developing mental and physical health problems. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month aims to reverse this trend by helping kids learn that sports and other physical activities are truly fun and rewarding. Here are 7 activities your kids can enjoy to celebrate this important month of fun.
Childhood obesity has hit an all-time high. The CDC reports that almost one out of every five school-aged children suffers from obesity. Obesity carries with it a plethora of negative consequences for kids. These include problems with self-esteem, health issues, reluctance to socialize, and more. Of course, no parent wants to see a child suffer from being out of shape, let alone obese. Even so-called normal-weight children often don’t get enough exercise. With the abundance of passive playthings like computers, tablets and cell phones, children are even less likely to get the amount of exercise that they need to thrive and grow.
Now there are more reasons than ever to encourage your kids to play outside all year round. Did you know that outdoor play boosts your child’s allergy immunity? It’s true! Find out why being in the outdoors is such a great idea, particularly for children who suffer from allergies.
Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a report which tells parents just how important play is for children. It seems that today’s kids are spending less and less time playing every day, much less than they did a decade ago. The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights says play is so important in child development that it is a right of every child.
If you ever read our blogs, you know that we are BIG on the importance and impact of playground interaction/play on children’s development.
People with typical kids usually don’t think twice about this. After all, their kids get recess every day at school. They go to the park and play on the playground on the weekends. They get plenty of playground interaction, right?
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Playgrounds as we know them are a relatively recent phenomenon. Few existed before the 20th century. Many sources claim that the first planned playground in the United States appeared in Boston in 1886, a year after a recreational "sand garden" was created in Germany. The rise of playgrounds coincided with the expansion of industrialization and the middle class, as well as the expansion of urban areas.
Music is healing; it’s been shown to help improve memory, boost your mood (increase endorphins), reduce stress and ease anxiety. In addition to all these benefits, there’s one main benefit to adding outdoor musical equipment to a playground: music is FUN!
Diseases of the heart and circulatory system tend to be seen as afflictions of middle-aged and older people, but they can begin to develop in adolescence and even childhood.
Genetics sometimes play a part, but unhealthy lifestyles are overwhelmingly the most important cause of poor heart health.
So it’s vital that parents, educators and kids understand the crucial importance of healthy diet and exercise in preventing problems in later life.
Kids have a natural instinct to climb and explore, which I’m sure is not a surprise to anyone who is a parent. Children climb everything — furniture, countertops, trees, playground equipment — EVERYTHING. The question is why?