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Outdoor Learning Social Distancing: How to Stay Safe

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jul 14, 2020 4:13:00 PM

Playgrounds and outdoor learning activities provide a wealth of benefits to children. They learn to socialize, enhance their hand and motor skills, practice sharing and learn other positive benefits. Recess time also keeps children engaged in an active lifestyle, as this activity promotes both good physical and mental wellbeing.

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Topics: Safety, Pediatric Health & Wellness

Why Your Kids Need to be Playing Outside... Even in a Pandemic

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jun 25, 2020 7:30:04 PM

Normally when the days get longer and the weather becomes nicer, you'll see kids flocking to the playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer fields and more to enjoy time outdoors. Then, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and playgrounds across the country were shuttered in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. Now that the country is opening back up, so too are playgrounds - and that's a good thing.

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Topics: Community Parks, Play & Fitness, Pediatric Health & Wellness

How to Avoid Germs on the Playgound

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on May 19, 2020 12:23:00 PM

Visiting the playground is likely one of your child’s favorite activities. The playground is also where you child learns to interact socially with other children and gets that much needed physical exercise. It’s unfortunate that the playground is also a source of germs, but there are some clever ways to avoid germs on the playground.

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Topics: Pediatric Health & Wellness

Thank You to the COVID-19 Essential Employees

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Apr 14, 2020 3:22:55 PM

At May Recreation, we know how important communities are. There has been no time in recent history when this has been more true than during the coronavirus outbreak. Our first responders, medical professionals, local school personnel, including teachers, educators and administrators, grocery store clerks, postal employees, delivery drivers, pharmacists, garbage collectors and so many more, are putting their lives on the line to provide vital services to the communities in which they live and serve. We'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge their efforts and to thank them for the essential care, supplies, and services they are providing to their communities during this difficult time.

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Topics: Pediatric Health & Wellness

Screen-Free Activities You Can Do At Home

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Mar 20, 2020 1:31:00 PM

Social distancing – it’s like a never-ending rainy day, without the rain. We’re not stuck indoors due to anything our kids can see and the electricity still works; thank goodness! With many adults now unexpectedly working from home and schools closed, the simple answer for an activity is indulging in different forms of screen time on repeat. But we all know the easy way out isn’t always the best way.

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Pediatric Health & Wellness, Mental Health

Cleaning Miracle Equipment to Remove COVID-19

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Mar 19, 2020 3:01:41 PM

Click here to download a copy of Cleaning Miracle Equipment to Remove COVID-19.

Please use the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations for disinfection to remove COVID-19 from your Miracle equipment.

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Topics: Pediatric Health & Wellness

Childhood Obesity

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Mar 10, 2020 1:26:00 PM

Childhood obesity has become a growing problem in recent generations. With today's technology-driven landscape, many kids don't move as much as they should, which means they're not burning calories. As a result, their bodies accumulate more fat than generations before them did. According to the CDC, obesity affects about 13.7 million children and adolescents between the ages of two and 19, which is about 18.5% of that population. Children between the ages of 12 and 19 have the highest obesity rates, measuring at 20.6% of the population. 

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Pediatric Health & Wellness

Mental Health and Kids

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Feb 4, 2020 3:05:00 PM

This is a different world that we live in. Kids are exposed to life at a far more rapid pace than ever before, which can lead to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, and behavioral disorders. According to MentalHealth.org, an alarming 70% of children and young people who experience mental health problems have not had sufficient medical intervention at an appropriate age. The CDC defines mental disorders among children as situations that seriously change "the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day." 

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Topics: Pediatric Health & Wellness, Mental Health

Cell Phone Addiction and Young Kids

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Dec 18, 2019 1:15:00 PM

When most people think of cell phone addictions and kids, they often think that people are referring to teenagers. Teenagers use their cell phones for many things, including staying in contact with their friends and social media. While teens can become addicted to their cell phones, they are not the only children that can. Young kids are beginning to show signs of cell phone addiction and actually becoming addicted to their parents cell phones or electronic items, such as tablets. As a parent, here is what you need to know about cell phone addiction and your young children. 

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Topics: Pediatric Health & Wellness

Fun Playground Games

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Nov 25, 2019 2:45:00 PM

Kids have a lot of imagination and will often come up with plenty of fun things to do on the playground. But they also lose interest pretty quickly or don't agree with each other on an activity. When they need some inspiration, it's always good to have ideas ready in your arsenal. Here are some ideas of fun playground games you can suggest. Some require certain materials or equipment, while others only require kids who want to play.

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Topics: Pediatric Health & Wellness

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