Childhood Obesity…Be Part of the Solution

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children (over 9 million) 6-19 years old are overweight or obese — a number that has tripled since 1980. Another 15 percent were considered at risk of becoming overweight.* Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. This increases to 80 percent if one or more parent is overweight or obese.**

These are grim statistics. Who is responsible for this, and more importantly, who is going to turn this tragic ship around? I have one solution. Parents, you can volunteer to help with PE at your childrens schools.  I have been a parent volunteer PE teacher since my first kid started kindergarden.  The teachers love the break. My children love having me there once a week and have a blast helping me come up with ideas.  I love getting to know their classmates throughout the year.  And most of all, PE is fun again. 

Here’s a fun game we played today, and the fifth graders loved it.  I got 10 water noodles from the dollar store and cut them into thirds, so we had thirty 12″ noodles.  The kids got into groups of 5-6 and each kid got a noodle.  Each group had to setup a station , so we ended up with 6 stations.  Then we rotated through them, about every 4 minutes.  They had fun creating something fun and challenging for their classmates and for the first time in a long time, no one got their feelings (or their bodies) hurt.  Check out the pictures here.

I will be posting more ideas for PE activities on my site, so RSS or check back regularly if you’re interested.  I also use PEcentral.org for a lot of ideas.

 

*”Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 1999-2002″; Oct. 6, 2004

**United States Department of Health and Human Services

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