Remember the days when riding bicycles and playing Indians in the backyard was fun? Your mother would welcome you into the house with her call for dinner, and you’d quickly scarf down your plate, vegetables included, so you had just enough time to ghost hunt with Bobby and Cindy down the street. Those were the good ol’ days.
Things have rapidly changed over the years. Seeing as how we are in the era of technological advancements, children prefer to spend less time outside and more time in front of a flat screen with theater speakers. By 2017, there will be over 7 trillion connected devises; 1,000 for each person alive.
In correlation to children, did you know the obesity rate of adolescents in the US has nearly tripled since the early 1970’s? According to the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States-triple the rate from just one generation ago. Additionally, the financial cost of childhood obesity tips the scales at 3 billion dollars annually. We understand your child can’t do it alone; that’s why we are here to help. We offer a variety of programs and physical activity for your child, teaching them the fundamentals of staying fit and active. Listed below is a variety of tips to participate in when your child comes home.
• Encourage your child to stay active by participating in physical activities (most children enjoy participating in physical activities like basketball and other recreational sports)
• Encourage children to participate in activities that could be transformed into adulthood
• Plan physical activities with family and/or friends
• Don’t make winning the only goal
• Create a diet that works not only for your child, but for your family
• Browse the web for programs available, like www.sparkpeople.com, where you can create a diet plan that works for your family
• Search for new and exciting activities to play at www.parentingpress.com/activities
• Listen to your child’s wants and needs; do they crave food when they are emotional?
• Stay updated on the latest research about children and exercise at www.thedailyreport.com
At New Creations, we provide students with endless amount of activities to participate in. Ask your child what their favorite activities to partake in are, and browse our student life section on www.newcreationsboardingschools.org to see all the activities we bring to the table. Our basketball team allows students to differentiate from their peers, participate in physical activity, and create new opportunities for scholarships and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
By following the guidelines above, you will soon notice behavioral changes in your child. Physical activity not only increases blood flow and oxygen levels, it also creates endorphins in the body that are capable producing a state of well-being. Don’t allow your child to correlate with obesity statistics; instead, help your child shine above the crowd. Help your child blossom into the best person they can be.