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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. As a parent, you want to ensure that these holidays act a ladder in your child’s growth instead of transforming them into a lazy lad. Thinking of ways to keep your child productively engaged can be a task in itself. You might browse the Internet or ask your friends who have kids of similar age. No matter which way you try, the process of finding the right indoor activities...

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How To Pick Fun Fitness Activities For Your Kids, 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 fun fitness activities in order to avoid boredom, unlike how it was 20 years ago. Besides helping the kids to get rid of their boredom, they play a crucial role in keeping the kids fit and active and see the world with bright eyes. After all, can there be a better combination than fun and fitness? It is difficult to find the rewarding benefits of fun fitness activities. There are endless options of sports, music, art, stem/coding, drama, extra math, and reading, foreign languages, the list...

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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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Top 20 Sports Movies For The Whole Family

It’s been a long winter. Everyone is itching for spring to arrive so we can get outdoors and have some fun. But while the cold is still upon us, one of my family’s favorite things to do together is cuddle up and watch some feel good movies. It wasn’t too hard to come up with the Top 20 Sports Movies for the Whole Family. It seems like our favorite types of movies to watch in the winter are about summertime and sports! If you want to get your kiddos excited for the warm weather while learning all about sports and stories of sportsmanship, then check out this long list of the top 20 best sports movies for the whole family....

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11 Ways To Keep Your Toddler Safe In The Pool This Summer

We all know kids love stepping into their swim clothes and crashing into the refreshing waters of a swimming pool on a hot day. Parents love an afternoon filled with ice cold lemonade, easy entertainment and fun in the sun. But turning your head for even a minute can result in what was a fun-filled summer day turning into a life-long nightmare. But with a few easy precautions, safety and fun can go hand in hand. Lois Lee, M.C., M.P.H. emergency-medicine specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, reports that young children can drown silently in as little as 25 seconds, even in a baby pool or the shallow-end. In general, an average of 5,000 children are hospitalized due to unintentional drowning...

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15 Ways to get Kids off the Couch this Summer!

Schools out! The daily commute is over, no more late nights packing lunches and evenings filled with math and science projects. But suddenly your house is feeling a little fuller, and the days seem to last quite a bit longer… the biggest summer struggle for parents is upon you: dealing with the restlessness and boredom that comes with summer! Parents are busy, and entertaining is not easy. The couch is an easy alternative to appease the jitters of summer agitation and boredom. Clicking the remote, and passing babysitting off to an episode of Sponge Bob is certainly the easier route. Unfortunately, most parents know all to well that the advent of technology has already turned many children into couch potatoes....

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