One great reason for your child to join a club is to get out and do something is to get out and do something. When we were school aged children, we spent a lot of time outside, as a general rule. We ran the neighborhood with our friends. Times have changed. Many neighborhoods aren't as safe as they used to be, prompting parents to keep their children inside. Multiple new inside attractions such as numerous cable TV channels, video games, and computers and the internet, keep kids inside as well.
The results is a growing epidemic of obesity in children. The surgeon general reports that childhood obesity tripled in 1999 from the preceding 2 decades. Along with it, elevated cholesterol and blood pressure plus type 2 diabetes are showing up in children in record numbers. Simply put, our children's more sedentary lifestyle is taking it's toll on our children's health. Our children need a better diet and more exercise
And this is where kids' clubs can help.
When you think about helping your child to increase her activity level, sports is an easy pick. Obviously, the practices and games will add activity that may currently be missing from her days.
Scouts, 4-H, and similar organizations may not come to mind right away, but they are also a good choice. Their programs often include physical activities as well as information on health and nutrition. Plus, just being out of the house with friends will encourage your child to run and play.
If your child is sitting indoors afterschool because you're worried about his safety, consider the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This is an excellent organization that offers children a safe place to be afterschool an on weekends. As part of their programs, the Boys and Girls Clubs offer sports and well-being lessons.