Compared to white non-Hispanic school age children, Hispanic and African American children are more likely to be overweight or obese. Obese children and adolescents are at risk for health problems throughout their lives. These include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes. The easiest and least expensive way to start combating this epidemic is to get kids moving again.
The Sports Authority Move It Challenge is a national invention competition designed to uncover exciting new youth-created sporting and backyard games. A grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the winner, with four finalists each receiving $1,000. The contest runs through January 3, 2011 and is free to enter. Just visit www.moveitchallenge.com.
In the meantime here are:
Five Fun Ways to Get Kids Moving
Most kids won’t do something if it’s not enjoyable, so here are five fun ways to get your kids moving and on their way to a healthier life.
- Doing things together sets a good example for the kids and creates some healthy family bonding. Put “Go Time” on the family calendar and let everyone come up with fun things do.
- Instead of driving them everywhere, let them walk whenever possible. When you do drive, park at the far end of the parking lot, furthest from your destination.
- Walks, runs, bike rides and even jumping rope for charity are fun ways that kids can help others while helping themselves. Make sure they have plenty of time to train before the event and have the proper equipment they need.
- Whether it’s soccer, volleyball, martial arts, dance or swimming, working with and competing against others develops good social skills along with physical ones.
- Let them run around the back yard or the park and create their own fun. Encourage them to climb trees, use playground equipment or just play kick the can. Take advantage of the natural beauty of your area to go hiking, biking or rock climbing.