While it can seem like a challenge to keep your kids healthy and active, once kids learn the joy of staying active, it really does get easier! Here are 5 simple ways to get that process started!
1. Keep it fun
There’s a reason why Little Leaguers are so prevalent but Little Gymmers are so rare – team sports not only offer kids a structured way to stay healthy and active, but also offer a social, fun experience. However, it doesn’t have to be team-oriented to be fun. Surfing, skiing, bike riding are all enjoyable, challenging activities that your kid will want to do. If staying active is a consequence of your kid’s favorite activities rather than a requirement for them, he’ll be much more likely to follow it consistently.
2. Set goals
Another strategy is to set clearly defined goals for physical activity. If kids can observe themselves progressing in skill and ability at a sport or activity, they’ll be much more likely to continue. Pitch faster, shoot better, run faster! If they improve at the sport, they'll be invested in playing!
3. Reward accomplishments
And don’t forget to reward them when they meet their goals. This helps give their goals meaning, and reinforces the pursuit of an active lifestyle!
4. Keep it varied
As much as possible, try to expose your kid to different activities. There are some physical activities that not many kids get to try, but which can be a lot of fun. Try canoeing! Try kayaking! Try surfing! If you know many different ways to maintain an active lifestyle, it becomes a lot easier to do!
5. Embrace the small stuff!
While it’s certainly an option, you don’t have to join a sports league or go on kayaking expeditions to stay active. A lot of little things that you can do every day will emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Go for a walk, do some gardening, embrace play-time! Every “little thing” you do helps form positive habits that will help your kid lead a healthy lifestyle!More > 0 Comments
The Century Council returned to North Carolina for another round of the Ask, Listen, Learn program today! Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11) joined us at Valley Springs Middle School in Arden, NC to show students how to “say ‘YES’ to a healthy lifestyle and ‘NO’ to underage drinking.”
As always, we loved seeing the interest kids showed in the game. We were impressed by the awareness the kids showed in staying active, and we’re sure they would make phenomenal additions to the Ask, Listen, Learn Team!
We would like to thank Rep. Shuler for his help with the event! The Century Council has previously recognized his commitment to fighting underage drinking, and today proved to be no exception. In fact, his office has agreed to help distribute our Ask Listen Learn interactive activity to schools throughout his district!
Thanks to Valley Springs Middle School for a great event!
We're big believers in youth fitness. In talking with our SuperStars, we've heard over and over again that wanting to lead a healthy lifestyle was an excellent deterrent to underage drinking.
Furthermore, recent research by Harvard Medical School's Dr. John Ratey indicates that aerobic exercise can have a stunning effect on emotional health and a child's ability to learn. Not only does physical activity make our kids healthy, it can help them do their best in class.
That's why we're excited to hear Secretary Kathleen Sebellius declare May to be National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. We think that the healthier our kids are, the more receptive they'll be to the message that underage drinking is not for them.
So go for a swim, a run, or ride your bike! Pick up a softball, a baseball, a volleyball! May's a beautiful month to get outside and be active.
This weekend The Century Council was title night sponsor of Saturday’s doubleheader at RFK Stadium. And while we were sad that DC United couldn’t overcome the New York Red Bulls, we still had a great time! We had our Ask, Listen Learn interactive activity up and running for the kids, who jumped for the chance to be active and learn about staying healthy.
Though clearly, the kids attending the game hardly needed any help with staying active. The players of DC Stoddert took the field at halftime, for a short game of frenetic soccer! We snapped a few photos from the field.
Washington Freedom took the field for the second part of the double-header, and played a fierce game againt St. Louis Athletica. They swept the game, winning 3-1.
Thanks to our partners Washington Freedom and DC United for your work with the community, and for putting on such a wonderful afternoon of soccer!