IVGID Tip: Keep your children physically fit
November 27, 2013
EDITOR'S NOTE: "Tip of the week" is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.
The importance of keeping children physically active can't be emphasized enough. It is recommended that kids should be active 60 minutes a day in order to maintain a healthy weight, reduce blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
Daily activity promotes bone, muscle, lung, and heart growth in developing youth. The overall physical and psychological well-being of children improves, resulting in healthier self-esteem and happier than children who are sedentary. Parents who are physically active will more likely raise their children to lead active lifestyles.
Physical activity is positively related to focus, concentration and academic development. Keeping kids physically active during the winter months can be a challenge; however, here are some helpful ways to keep them active when the weather outside is frightful.
Free play — unstructured free play chosen by the child — is important in the development of a child's imagination, creativity, coordination and mental development.
Need to get out of the house? Join us for Tiny Timbers Gym time every Tuesday and Friday, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Incline Village Recreation Center. This program is designed to give children 0-5 years old an opportunity to socialize and use their gross motor skills during open free play.
A balance of free and structured play each day is important to healthy development. Structured play is an activity with a purpose led by an adult: Swim lessons, dance, karate, sports leagues, etc.
This winter, the Incline Village Parks & Recreation Departments hosts a wide variety of structured activities for all ages and abilities:
• Swim Lessons/Swim Team
• Youth Basketball
• Little Players' Club
• Winter Camp Xtreme
• Shotokan Karate
• Parents' Night Out
For more ways to keep your children healthy and active, contact the Incline Village Parks & Recreation Department at 775-832-1310.