Games People Play: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
September 24, 2013
For Immediate Release
Back in the day when I was a kid, I looked forward to our group of neighborhood kids putting cards in their bicycle wheels with clothespins to make noise. We would ride for hours aggravating all of the homemakers who were outside washing cars and working in their yards. When we tired of riding bikes, we would then organize a game of capture the flag, blueberry tackle, or Marco Polo in the pool. Roller skating, tennis, S.P.U.D. and dodge ball were played on and near the neighborhood tennis court. My cousin and I would start calling our friends right after lunch for a four o'clock baseball game at least 3 afternoons a week. We would not get off the phone until we recruited two full co-ed teams. If it happened to rain, then there were card games, board games, ping pong and pool at my aunt's house. Of course, the games always followed a mandatory reading hour because it was too hot to go outside between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. To swim right after a meal was out of the question because mom did not want us to get stomach cramps. She figured we needed exactly two hours for our food to properly digest. She was right! Her carefully prepared home cooked meals took hours to make and only minutes for us to devour. We went snake hunting and caught butterflies, too, and often went crawfishing in the woods behind the house or fishing in the 40 Arpent Canal. We had to walk to the places we fished because we had no other way to get there.
The point of sharing all my history is point out the need for parents and children to make plans to get active and start moving. Parents can teach kids some of the old fashioned things that always invited competition whether it's a sack race, relays, hopscotch, or a good game of hide and seek. It's a good excuse for some family time, some laughter, and for the spirit of teamwork to be taught to our next generation. I encourage parents to please preserve the tradition of eating healthy, home cooked meals together as a family unit. It is also the best opportunity to plan the next family gathering that is fun and includes physical activity!
Another option for getting started on a fall fitness program is to join us at Boulet Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute for an after school wellness program. Give us a call at 337-264-9856 to find out more.
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