A Message from PE
A Message from PE
September and October were busy months in PE! Students in Grades 2-5 were tested on 3 fitness concepts: aerobic endurance, muscular strength/endurance and flexibility. Fitness Results were sent home last week for students in Grades 2 and 3. The fitness results for students in grades 4 and 5 will be coming home this week after we set some spring goals during PE class. The only fitness concept not tested in PE is body composition. The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese. Many kids are spending less time exercising and more time in front of the TV, computer, or video-game console. Today's busy families have fewer free moments to prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals. From fast food to electronics, quick and easy is the reality for many people.
Preventing kids from becoming overweight means adapting the way your family eats and exercises, and how you spend time together. Helping kids’ lead healthy lifestyles begins with parents who lead by example. I encourage you to talk to your pediatrician to find out your child’s BMI, that way you know it is accurate and the doctor can immediately discuss results with you. You can also use a BMI calculator by going to http://www.webmd.com/parenting/raising-fit-kids/weight/bmi/bmi-calculator.
Ideas for Fitness at Home:
Many parents and kids think of organized sports when they think of fitness. Though there are many advantages to signing a child up for a team sport, practice and games once or twice a week will not be enough to reach activity goals. Also, parents cannot rely on physical education in schools to provide enough activity for kids. Students should try to be active for an hour each day.
Here are some ways to keep your kids moving at home:
· Make physical activity part of the daily routine. From household chores to an after-dinner walk, keep your family active every day.
· Allow enough time for free play. Kids can burn more calories and have more fun when left to their own devices. Playing tag, riding bikes around the neighborhood, and building snowmen are fun and healthy.
· Keep a variety of games and sports equipment on hand. It doesn't have to be expensive — an assortment of balls, hula-hoops, and jump ropes can keep kids busy for hours.
· Be active together. It'll get you moving, and kids love to play with their parents.
· Limit time spent in sedentary activities, such as watching TV, being online, and playing video games and games apps.
· Have friendly family competitions – who can hold a plank the longest, how many laps on the monkey bars can you do, pushup competition, etc…
If you run out of possibilities at home, take advantage of local playgrounds and athletic fields. Make family fitness outings part of your regular routine. Let family members choose an activity — go hiking, ice skating, or try out the rock-climbing gym. Anything goes, as long as everyone can participate. And remember: You'll help show your kids that exercise is important by regularly exercising yourself.
Kids who enjoy sports and exercise tend to stay active throughout their lives. Staying fit can improve self-esteem, prevent obesity, and decrease the risk of serious illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease later in life.
Thanks for reading! Hope to see you out exercising in the neighborhood! Health and Happiness to you and your family!