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September 24, 2013

For Immediate Release

Boulet Physical Therapy and Wellness Contact:
Patricia Boulet
(337) 264-9856
Media Contact:
Juiie Calzone
(337) 235-2924 ext 18
Games People Play: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
(Lafayette, La.) - Patricia Boulet, owner at Boulet Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute, talks about her active childhood and encourages today's parents to play with their children and carry on the tradition of family activities and healthy, home cooked meals as part of her newsletter series during September, National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
Everyone likes to win at games and sports, but in the battle against childhood obesity there are few winners. In our last article, we talked about the need for children to be more consistent with regular exercise and suggested 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day to grow up to a healthy weight. There is a small percentage of kids that participate in organized sports such as soccer and baseball and that is an awesome way to stay fit. Unfortunately, the games a higher percentage of kids love to play are on the computer or on Xbox. Games such as Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, and Minecraft top the list of teen favorites to fight boredom or for "taking a break" from homework. Additionally, lots of adults spend hours on the net playing games like Candy Crush, Solitaire Blitz, and Bingo Bash. So the mind is entertained and exercised a little with these activities, but what about our bodies? At the very least young kids should play Wii or Just Dance because these games invite movement while keeping children connected to their electronics. Smart phones can play every kind of music, so what's wrong with dancing while listening to music?


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.

For more information about a free consultation or about other services from Boulet Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute, call 337-264-9856. Like Boulet Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute on Facebook.
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