Healthy Living: Keeping kids active
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and many organizations are jumping on the bandwagon to keep kids playing. As YNN’s Geoff Redick reports, play is changing.
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"We're gonna play lots of little games, and have lots of fun, all right?" said Jamie Hammond, Total Sports Experience.
Playing is part of childhood, but play is changing.
"The kids are getting more sedentary every year," said Hammond.
Video games, cell phones, and computers offer play, literally at your fingertips. Which is why it's important to get kids out to actually, play.
"My background's in physical education. I think everybody should be involved in some kind of activity, staying healthy," said Hammond.
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and many organizations are jumping on the bandwagon to keep kids playing. From the NFL's "Play 60" campaign to the National Heart, Lung & Blood Association, to the YMCA and the National League of Cities -- everyone has a stake in keeping kids active.
It's why Total Sports Experience in Gates runs what are called "Micro Programs."
"Once a week kind of class, they're six-week sessions, and they start every two months. We've been doing it for years. Every session has been growing for us," said Hammond.
Kids learn different sports, and work on their balance and coordination in the process.
"They're having fun, they're socializing with other kids," said Hammond.
And, they're playing.
"There's other facilities like us in town here, or there's other facilities around the state, that do these types of programs," said Hammond.
For more information on child fitness programs near you, contact your community's youth bureau or ask a pediatrician.