We all know that kids who are active are healthier than those that are sedentary. However, due to budget cuts, many physical fitness programs in schools are being cut leaving it up to the parents to help get their children moving after school. The local Zoomers Running Club is finishing up a Youth Fun Run Series for kids where kids met up once a week for 5 weeks by the North Port YMCA to run one-mile. After their last run they will have a pool party! All for only $5!
Before getting your child in any physical fitness program, make sure to consult their pediatrician. Also make sure they are wearing good quality running shoes that fit properly and encourage them to stretch properly before and after their run. If you are also a runner, this can be a great opportunity for you and your child to bond!
-Jeannine Borasch, MS in Exercise Science & Health Promotion