As of Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Neighborhood Expert: Julie Hauger, Owner and Operator of Groaners Fitness Club
The message is loud and clear: Childhood obesity is growing. One major cause is lack of exercise. Kids spend an average of four hours a day in front of a screen. What can you as a parent do? Lead by example. If your children see you are physically active and having fun, they are more likely to be active and stay active for the rest of their lives. Increasing the family’s physical activity is especially important.
“Aim for an hour a day,” said Julie Hauger, Groaners Fitness Club in Grangeville. “Kids need to move for a total of 60 minutes a day and it should be a mix of aerobics like running and fast walking; muscle strengthening (pushups) and bone strengthening – try jumping rope.”
Split the hour up over the course of the day. Have your kids take brisk walks with the dog, hoola hoop or play on a jungle gym…it all adds up.
Kids love gadgets! Buy your entire family inexpensive step counters (pedometers). Set up daily challenges to entice everyone to move throughout the day. How fast can you take 80 steps? Post challenges and daily results for friendly, family competition….or have the kids try to beat their personal record.
PICH (Partners Inspiring Community Health) and Kevin Asker will be hosting free Disc Golf Day on June 11 for kids who sign up. Think your kids would like to try this fun sport? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch for Groaners student summertime specials! Call 983-7070.