I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Club of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
My family and I have decided recently that we want to get into shape and live a healthier lifestyle. In the past, it has usually just been myself or my daughter who will start making changes, and sometimes my son or husband would join in, but never all at the same time. We realize that we are all leading a pretty unhealthy life so we have decided it’s time to take back control of our lives in 3 different ways.
I recently discovered the Boys and Girls Club of America Triple Play program, which is their signature healthy lifestyles program.
With nearly 3 out of 10 kids in the United States either overweight or obese, it is extremely important to engage kids and teens to be healthy, active to achieve a great future.
For my family, this is very important. In fact, one of my son’s favorite past times is playing basketball. Last year, he chose to cut his gaming time down and spend those hours outside playing basketball with his friends. He dropped about 30 pounds just by making this small change.
We decided that while we were on our beach vacation this year, we were going to make it a point to go for an hour long walk every single day.
We would spend 30 minutes walking one way and then turn around and come back and walk another 30 minutes the other way. While doing this, we explored, played in the water and just had fun hanging out and enjoying each other’s company.
Getting out and doing things together as a family touches you in 3 different ways in your life — your mind, your body, and your soul.
For your mind: Getting out in the fresh air just does something about clearing all the negative crap you have going on. Kids especially have SO much going on in their lives that having something else to focus on besides rude comments, negative talk, and bullying.
During this time, you can strike up conversations with your child about their self esteem, eating habits, personal hygiene and more. ALL kids need to have a talk like this — not just adults.
For your body: Getting physically active is important for every member of your family — but mostly kids. If you start young teaching them what it means to eat right, get active, and more — then when they are my age, they don’t tend to fall into the sedated culture that seems to be rampant right now.
Kids should participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes per day yet only about one-quarter of youth in the US ages 12-15 are meeting that recommendation.
For your soul: When your child gets outside and starts hanging out with friends and being more active, they seem to care more about themselves. You will see a peace begin to come over them as their esteem grows.
They will begin to realize that what’s on the inside is important — that the outside reflects how they feel on the inside. When they get to that point where they love themselves, you will be able to notice a whole new child emerging.
Since launching in 2005, Triple Play has made close to 10 million connections with kids to share the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition through the program’s three components focused on mind, body and soul.
Through the Triple Play program and support from partners The Coca-Cola Company and Anthem Foundation for the Triple Play program. Clubs will build the next generation of leaders, motivating kids to be healthy through nutrition and health education, more access to healthy foods, avoidance of risky behaviors and a lifelong commitment to fitness.
Let’s help get the word out about the Triple Play Program.
Have you ever participated in any family fun day activities?