Trying something for the first time has a tendency to be somewhat nerve wrecking, but unlike those first times (new job, new school, purchasing a new home) starting a blog proved to be just the opposite. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my views and passion for physical activity, whether it is recreation, free play or organized sports. This is so important because childhood obesity is very real and it is a problem that is not going away.
As a teacher of Physical Education I think we owe it to our youth to ensure that they have an opportunity to live a long and healthy life. I love my job, I love what I do. I think teaching elementary children about physical activity is the best job in the world. I love it so much that I acquired three Masters and a Doctorate of Education in my field. So yes at one point in my life I had no life, it was all books, but it was worth it.
In regards to physical activity and young children for the most part they are self-motivated, meaning a simple game of Tag is a blast. Why? Just check the research and you will find that they all conclude the same thing – CHILDREN LOVE TO PLAY. Now enough about me. I want to hear from you, my new community of Parents, Guardians, Caregivers, whoever you are and wherever you may be, let’s put our heads together about what can be done to help combat this issue of physical inactivity and children.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that children should be active for 60 minutes a day. Kudos to those that make sure this happens and for those that cannot for whatever reason, don’t fret! With information, ideas and support, together we will break down those barriers to physical activity (lack of equipment, funds, space and time). So for next time let’s share – what are some things you are doing to ensure your child stays active? I know there are some great ideas out there and I am looking forward to hearing from you.