City to Launch "Let's Play In The Park" Summer 2014
General Committee of Mississauga Council today endorsed a pilot playground program of free, safe and supervised activities to be offered in 12 parks throughout the city this summer. “Let’s Play in the Park” will give 11,000 children aged six to 12 years the chance to play in the park with trained leaders each weekday for a nine-week period in their local neighborhoods. Universal programs such as “Let’s Play in the Park” give families with limited means the chance to participate in recreation services without having to qualify for social assistance ensuring they experience the many benefits associated with participation in summer camps.
The Kids Don’t Play Anymore
On a daily basis Margaret Wente passes neighborhood after neighborhood. Instead of children running and playing she continuously sees bare and abandoned yards. The children that would be there playing and learning valuable life skills are being sent to all day kindergarten and have busy schedules than many adults. As they grow up their lives become so packed and busy that they can’t think for themselves. By the time they move away they have no idea how to manage things on their own. By letting children manage their own play time they gain the skills needed manage their lives.
DeCroce Bill a Prescription for Wellness for Obesity-Related Health Conditions
New Jersey Assemblywoman BettyLou Decroce (R) introduced legislation that would allow physicians to prescribe free access to state parks to patients with obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The Park Prescription Program Act would provide free entrance to such residents at any of New Jersey’s 50 state park facilities for two 12-week periods, and would require the state’s Division of Parks and Forestry to develop a brochure highlighting physical activity opportunities within park facilities.
This Is Me: Article 31 and A Child's Right to Play
Every child has the right to grow, make their own adventures, and learn about themselves through play. Here is a wonderful video from IPA about children's rights to play.
Unlocking school playgrounds and gyms encourages physical activity
About 65% of U.S children do not get the recommended amount of daily physical activity. With the Holidays around the corner, The American Heart association is encouraging schools to keep their recreational facilities open while schools are closed. Citizens in low income communities don’t have sufficient access to recreation areas. If schools keep their recreation areas open over the Holidays and summer vacation, adolescents in the community will have access to recreation year round increasing their physical activity and lowering adolescent obesity rates.
Toys 'R' Us messes with Mother Nature: trees vs. toys
Toys "R" Us commercial pokes fun at nature – suggesting toys are more fun. Its a troubling suggestion for all of us who know the power of nature in children's play. In a day where children are spending less and less time outdoors, refocusing on nature play is vital for the mental and physical health of our children.
Rickets making a comeback in the UK, doctors say
Rickets, the childhood disease that once caused an epidemic of bowed legs and curved spines during the Victorian era, is making a shocking comeback in 21st-century Britain and United States. Rickets results from a severe deficiency of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. A number of reasons are cited for the jump in rickets, including children spending less time outside playing and more time inside.
Want Your "C" Student To Be a "B" Student? 60 Minutes of Daily Physical Activity Is the Solution!
The results of a recent study, reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, indicate there is a direct correlation between academic success in the classroom and daily physical exercise.This study, which focused on nearly 5,000 students, “found that grades increased in direct correlation with the amount of physical exercise undertaken in the average day.” The bottom line is that “researchers found an average of 60 minutes of (daily) moderate to vigorous physical activity could be the difference between achieving a C or B grade.”