We Can! Challenge: Week 2 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

We Can! Challenge: Week 2

Seth Martin
Special to the Tribune

Being active is one of the simplest and most effective ways to stay healthy and fight obesity. Let’s Move! is an organization working hard to change our children’s health and wellness that is spearheaded by Michelle Obama. Let’s Move! recommends at least an hour per day of activity for children.

Kids need activity it helps their brains and can help build bone strength. 30 minutes can be effective if the activity falls into the category of moderate to vigorous physical activity also known as MVPA. MVPA is an activity range that starts when you are beginning to sweat but can still hold a conversation, to the point where you sweat heavily and may be having trouble carrying on a conversation of more than a word or two at a time. Activity can build confidence which can help them in life in a variety of ways.

Some tips:

– Support your children’s activity choices but do not force them into things.

– Engage in a variety of activity with your child to show you value it too.

– Kids need to learn the skills they will use in sports to be successful if they are struggling help them practice the skills they need.

– Ask them what they did in PE, and if possible work with them on it.

– Be their biggest fan not their biggest critic when it comes to sports. We all can beat ourselves up sometimes over the results of an activity, do not add to it or you may push them away from being active.

And do not forget to keep drinking that water! A lot of students have Walk-A-Thons this week, so make sure to keep those kids hydrated. The easiest way to do this is buy them a water bottle.

For more info go to: http://www.letsmove.gov or http://www.calgovcouncil.org.

– Seth Martin is the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports’ Teacher of the Year 2010.

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