Physical Activity For Families

February 1, 2010

The U.S. Surgeon General and First Lady are challenging our nation to eat healthy and get more physical activity! Healthy Kids Challenge knows that there are questions families have about physical activity so we enlisted our exclusive Physical Education partner, SPARK, to give some advice and answer the question below.

SPARK is a nationally recognized, research-based organization that disseminates Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs to teachers and recreation leaders serving Pre-K through 12th grade students.

Q: My child isn’t very athletic. What is a good way to help him enjoy being active?

A: It is important to acknowledge that athletics and physical activity are not the same thing. Athletes are usually gifted with traits such as speed, agility, endurance, etc. needed to succeed in a specfic sport or sports and choose to pursue that sport in a competitive forum. The rest of us non-athletes enjoy participation in all sorts of physical activities suited toward our tastes and physical atributes. These are usually done for reasons other than competition such as health, making friends, feeling good, losing weight, or just pure enjoyment. First thing to do is find out what your son enjoys. Is it hiking? Swimming? Dancing? Jumping on a trampoline? Bike riding? Jumping rope? Whatever it is, that is what he should be doing. To increase enjoyment during any activity, have your son play his favorite music or invite a friend to join him. Providing your son with support and encouragement will go a long way to promoting a lifetime of physical activity.

Does this expert advice help? Let us know! If your school needs to develop a healthier environment, together, SPARK and HKC offer an “Ignite a Healthy Environment” Program (Click here and here for more info.)

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