Nonprofit Report: Rideout Community Center
Special to the Sun
Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department and Rideout Community Center are designed to be a partner in the community to meet the health and welfare needs of its members. I can recall as a young boy growing up in Bethlehem, Pa. that my entire focus in the neighborhood was the park and recreation activities. The local Parks and Recreation Department had the facilities and resources necessary to meet our needs. We would gather daily after school and during the summer to organize ourselves during free play to engage in a variety of memorable fun and exciting activities.
Now is a different time and age. Free time is typically consumed with television, computers and electronic video games. A byproduct of this trend is obesity in children. Childhood obesity is rapidly increasing across the nation. Physical activity and nutrition are the founding principles in combating obesity. Teaching healthy habits and behaviors to young people is crucial, since habits become more difficult to change as they get older.
Families are the first and foremost role model in developing good habits. Parents can promote healthy eating patterns by offering nutritious snacks, such as vegetables and fruits, low-fat dairy foods, and whole grains. They can also set appropriate limits on choices and model healthy food choices themselves. Parents can also set limitations on television and video time each day. They can plan special events and activities the entire family enjoys such as walking, hiking or biking. Also, prepare an active chore list for each family member such as mowing the lawn, shoveling snow or vacuuming.
Physical activity is another crucial factor when fighting obesity. Parents can routinely promote physical activity, including unstructured play at home, in school and in child care setting. Your very own Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department offers a number of activities that can assist parents in this effort.
Youth Basketball is open to boys and girls from Kindergarten through 8th grade. This 10-week program gives children the opportunity to develop their skills in the sport, exercise their bodies and minds, make new friends and build their self confidence.
Personal Development classes are offered in woodshop, science, chess, piano, guitar and a variety of martial arts. Again these classes will build their self esteem and expand their skills and develop talents in a variety of areas
Open Play space at the Community Center gives children the opportunity for drop in unstructured leisure activities such as; table tennis, billiards, foosball, air hockey, tetherball, pickleball, kickball, volleyball, soccer, basketball and the list goes on.
Open Park Space (seasonal) in our district gives children a variety of unstructured play opportunities; bike and walking trails, swings and play equipment, open field space for whatever the mind can imagine.
After School Playground program offers school age children a place to go after school if they have working parents. It gives these students the opportunity for dedicated homework time, read and share stories, snacks, arts and crafts, games and activities.
Fitness Room is open everyday of the week for drop in personal exercise on our treadmill and other fitness equipment
We here at Rideout Community Center feel we are doing our part to advocate and promote healthy habits and lifestyles by providing structured and unstructured activities. Yes, it is a new time and age, but as we work together with schools and families to make a difference, we can have a positive impact in the lives of individual children.
For more information on the programs and services we offer contact the Parks and Recreation Office at (530) 583-3440 ext. 10, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City.