Hi! I am one of the new members that found this site through the weekly spark. I am so excited to be here. i have been looking for a group like this. I really want my girls to grow up healthy and not to struggle like I always have.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least 60 minutes of physical activity for children daily. 60 minutes! I realize that is a big goal for the sedentary child. Start small and a ten minute period of activity is a start. These 60 minutes can be broken up into periods during the day. Is there any activity he enjoys that you can promote? Another thing, since you homeschool, limit his sedentary time in front of the computer, TV, etc. Can you have class in a park on some days or other alternative location? Incorporate on site tours, etc in your curriculum.
03/21/2006 Journey Begins @ 176 lbs
Joined SP 01/04/07 Current Weight 130
Fitness Minutes: (395) Posts: 431 7/17/07 5:13 P
Yay, I'm so happy to see this forum open up. I am a new teacher (just graduated) who was overweight as a child due to lack of activity and poor eating habits. I have changed my lifestyle but want to help change that of many of my students. I cannot believe what some of my students eat on a daily basis and the lack of exercise. Our state just put in a mandated 150 minutes of PE a week (vs we'd go a week without PE in my old school and no recess). The student I am working with this summer is 6 years old and 100 lbs...scary. I'm working with him on getting to love sports (he loves baseball) and making healthy food choices. I don't want to make him lose weight, but I don't want him to continue to gain. He already has better endurance. Health education is something I desperately want to bring to my classroom. By the end of the week I'll know if I'll be teaching kindergarten or fourth grade!
current weight: 139.0
Fitness Minutes: (675) Posts: 428 7/17/07 1:43 P
I also am very excited to be joining this team. I have recently lost 30 lbs. and my main motivation was all of the press that's out there about childhood obesity. I have an almost four year old, and a five year old and the statistics terrify me. I am also an elementary teacher and I know I am in a position to make a difference in many kids' lives. I'm hoping to make contact with some other teachers so we can work out a "battle plan" to FIGHT CHILDHOOD OBESITY!
Edited by: TEACHERMOM1 at: 7/17/2007 (13:44)
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I am VERY excited to be a part of this team. I'm homeschooling my youngest son and I want him to be more active. Although there wasn't much of a gym program at his school, at least he was able to run around at recess for about 10 mins. a day. It's hard now with the heat and changing temps because between his allergies and asthma (which seems to take turns)...well, it's just not easy. So ANY ideas, suggestions I can get is GREATLY appreciated!!! (And If I come up with any, i'll be sure to pass them on!!)
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