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Outdoor Fall Activities

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Oct 9, 2019 4:36:00 PM

With the brisk breezes and changing leaves, fall is an exciting time of year. It's also the perfect opportunity to plan some fun activities with your kids before the weather turns cold for the winter. Below are some of the best activities to do with your kids during the fall. 

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Pediatric Health & Wellness

Teaching Your Child to Be Inclusive

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Sep 11, 2019 10:57:00 AM

Children are naturally inquisitive, and they are sure to notice differences between themselves and other people they meet. When a child comes into contact with someone who has a significant difference from them, such as a disability or different skin color, it is normal for the child to have questions. However, if you hope to raise responsible, caring adults, you need to teach your child to be kind, respectful and welcoming to all people, regardless of their differences. Below are some tips to help you teach your child how to be inclusive. 

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Topics: Pediatric Health & Wellness, Inclusivity

Move in May! May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on May 10, 2019 6:39:00 PM

Celebrate May as National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! Outdoor play and exercise used to be a natural part of every childhood. But with the temptations of electronics and video games, loving parents are challenged with getting kids outdoors, according to 39% of adults polled. It’s crucial to keep kids physically active and playing outside. With proper exercise, kids can have improved muscular fitness, better bone health and protection from heart disease.

Here are some of the proven benefits from studies around the world. 

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Pediatric Health & Wellness

The Role of Play in Learning and Child Development

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Mar 5, 2019 5:24:00 PM

When it comes to child development, play goes far beyond simple entertainment by acting as a building block to learning. Regular playtime allows the brain neurons of children to change and grow, which aids in their ability to pick up new skills rather quickly. Through free-play sessions, children can increase their knowledge about how the world works and build skills that will help them through every stage of life. Parents and caregivers can aid this process by better understanding the role of play in learning and child development — and offering their kids ample opportunities for growth through play.

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Pediatric Health & Wellness

How to Get Your Kids to Quit Fortnite and Spend Some Time Outside

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Dec 17, 2018 3:13:54 PM

Especially in this day and age, kids are consumed by electronics. From games on their phones to games on the Xbox, PlayStation or computer, these games are consuming the lives of kids all over the world. Although there are many games responsible for this video-game addiction, Fortnite is currently leading the pack. Fortnite is an online game where players fight against each other in player vs. player combat. Especially over the past decade, kids are spending less time outdoors and more time playing video games. Not only does that lead to social issues in kids, it can also contribute to obesity and other health problems. In this post, we’ll discuss the importance of getting outside, the many activities that your kids can do, and how to encourage your kids to put down the controller.

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Topics: Pediatric Health & Wellness, Mental Health

The Importance of Resuscitating Recess

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jul 19, 2018 3:45:45 PM

Over the last 20 years, due primarily to the enactment of No Child Left Behind in 2002 and the adoption of 2010's Common Core State Standards, test scores have become increasingly more important for schools in the United States. Sadly, uninterrupted and unstructured playtime in the form of recess has simultaneously become increasingly more rare.

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

Ideal Amount of Daily Activity Time for Children

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Apr 27, 2018 1:31:24 PM

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.

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Childhood Unplugged, Pediatric Health & Wellness

Why Improving Kids’ Fitness is a Key Goal for American Heart Month

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Feb 1, 2018 2:01:00 PM

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.

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

Why Do Children Climb?

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jan 30, 2018 11:58:12 AM

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?

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Topics: Childhood Unplugged, Pediatric Health & Wellness

11 Benefits of Recess in Elementary Schools

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Sep 21, 2016 8:38:19 AM

Schools across the country are recognizing the benefits of daily recess for elementary age students. In a time of increased academic pressure and focus on standardize tests some schools are pushing back and mandating daily recess. They realize that that their students actually perform better with more unstructured playtime.

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Topics: Pediatric Health & Wellness, Recess

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