It might not feel like summer out there, but believe it or not, Quincy kids will be out of school in a little over a month!
And whether your kids will be enjoying their summer at home or in one of the Tri-State's many area programs, including a little physical fitness in their schedule can make for happier kids and might actually benefit you along the way.
Whether it be basketball, soccer, swimming, or just running through the sprinkler,
Baldwin PE teacher Jennifer Oitker says a little bit of exercise will go a long way.
"As long as the parents are showing what they need to be doing, what the kids should be doing, being active, being engaged, it puts in their minds that 'hey I can be active for not only right now but I can be active for the rest of my life,'" said Oitker.
In fact, Oitker says for the kids who don't get a lot of exercise in the summer, it really shows.
She says it's harder for those kids to get back into the swing of things. PE class becomes harder for them. And they tend to not like being active.
The Quincy Family YMCA says childhood obesity is a big problem in the United States right now but, it says, it doesn't have to be that way.
Whether you're keeping your kid at home with you this summer, or enrolling them in a summer program, Marketing Director Michelle Terwelp says to keep them busy with something fun that gets them fit at the same time. She says a good example is the Y's summer camp.
"They do all kinds of things like horseback riding, gymnastics, bowling, swimming, so it's not just going and working out," said Terwelp. "It's doing fun activities that are also healthy and good for them."
In fact, you might just get a little more R&R yourself. And, Oitker says, your child would reap the benefits.
"It will allow the kids to get a little fresh air, to get outside, which will then wear them out during the day so they'll sleep better," said Oitker. "They'll feel better. They'll get to enjoy that physical activity and they'll just overall enjoy being outside and being physically active."
So what about those parents whose kids are staying home this summer?
Oitker says one of the most important things to do is role model for your child. She says it can actually benefit the whole family to go on walks together or play catch. So getting exercise can benefit family relationships as well.
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