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10 Engaging Physical Activities for Kids

Children are so inclined to spend most of their time playing games on smartphones or watching videos on the internet, that it's getting tougher to pull them away.  There are so many kids who rarely leave their rooms or home and engage in physical activities. With schooling ending at 2:30 pm, these kids have anywhere between 4-6 hours left in their day. As parents, engaging your kids in healthy physical activities and spending some time outdoors is an excellent idea, but sometimes easier said than done! There are a number of games and activities they can do; from band-aid tag to duck duck goose to jump roping. In order for children to develop into healthy adults, they need to jump, walk,...

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Super Bowl 54 Activities for Young Kids

49ers or Chiefs? It probably goes without saying that the biggest sporting event in America every winter is the Super Bowl. It's one of the few days that bands of a sport as well as those who were just there for the party get together, hang out, and watch football. Or maybe just the commercials! If you have young kids around, you may be excited about the game, but they probably have no clue! Super bowl is a great experience to share with your kids but it can be challenging if you have little ones who are either not too sure what is going on or simply not as interested as others. We've come up with a few things that you can do on...

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How to choose a sport for your child

Choosing the right sport for young kids age 3, 4, 5 or 6 can seem like a shot in the dark. But the truth is, you don't have to pick just one sport. At this age, kids are still developing their motor control skills and building their strength and functionality. What they are good at now can change drastically in as little as a year.  Research has shown that the key for this age is just early introduction. That means, introduce them to a variety of sports just for fun! Help them learn all about it and help them develop their motor control and ball control skills.  To help you understand if your child is ready for sports, our expert advisors helped...

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NBC 11 Alive: Sports should be accessible for everyone

We're on a mission to make sports accessible for everyone and that mission took us to the NBC 11 Alive Studios in Atlanta to discuss youth sports, mom schedules and parenting with Cara Kneer on her show The Water Break.  Watch the full segment here Our buy one give one model allows us to give away sports starter kits to kids who need access. If you know a kid who could use one, nominate them on our foundation page.   

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20 Tips for 2020: Parenting with an active lifestyle

With a new year (and a new decade!) comes an exciting sense of new beginnings. Resolutions, goals, plans, whatever you want to call them, these new beginnings really come down to cultivating healthy new habits that you can achieve every day. Many people have a tough time including exercise into a daily habit. You may start off strong, but after a little while, you go back to your previous rut. If exercise wasn’t part of your daily routine as a kid, it’s more than likely it’s not part of your routine as an adult. So how do you stop the cycle and cultivate a love of sports and exercise in your own kids? We’ve put together a list of 20...

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Top 7 Indoor Activities for Kids During Holiday Break

The holidays are upon us. It’s time for school break and the kids are home. It’s too cold for the kids to play outside. It can be hard to find healthy ways to keep the kids entertained and active. They have a lot of pent up energy and need an outlet. We’ve compiled a list of the top 7 ideas for indoor activities that kids will have a blast doing. 1. Create a scavenger hunt Kids love scavenger hunts. Nothing is more thrilling than setting out on a quest to seek out special objects faster than the rest to earn an awesome prize! It’s simple to put together. Write out or print out a list of objects that you’ve hidden...

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How to pick your kids extra activities, according to science

With elementary school days ending pretty early (2:30 pm where we are!), and fewer kids just playing outside for fun, it’s pretty much assumed these days that kids will be signed up for multiple activities in order to avoid boredom, unlike how it was 20 years ago. There are endless options of sports, music, art, stem/coding, drama, extra math and reading, foreign languages, the list goes on! It’s tempting to think that enrolling a child into a little bit of everything will keep them at an advantage. But in reality, here is how it typically goes: Mom: “Hey do you want to sign up for [insert activity of choice] after school? Kid: “yes, that sounds great, I’m excited” Mom: “Ok,...

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How to motivate a child to exercise

There has been a lot of data showing that Americans, particularly young children are becoming more obese and sedentary. A recent study just came out showing 1 in 5 US adolescents are pre-diabetic. This is a public health crisis and proper diet and exercise is the most beneficial way to control it.  As a parent, it can be a daunting task, particularly when it is cold outside, to try to encourage your child to exercise. To help you, we've put together some tips:  1. Be spontaneous and a role model This goes and hand in hand. There are days when I just want to sit on the couch just like my kid, but instead I tell my 6-year-old, let's go race! Sometimes it's a...

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Creating Confidence Through Fitness & Sport

This is a guest post by Jess Silver Jess Silver is a Medical Writer, Editor and Researcher with a diverse academic and professional background related to Communications and knowledge translation of medical conditions, and fitness promotion. She is also the Executive Director, and Founder of a Non-Profit Organization for fitness and sport promotion as an avenue for disability and injury management, called Flex for Access. http://www.flexforaccess.ca/ She is proud to be working collaboratively with Pickup Sports. Understanding the universal language of health literacy Every one of us is different. Those differences are evident since childhood; from unique interests, to skills and ways that we retrain information. Because of this fact, some may believe that engaging in fitness and sport is not possible, important,...

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