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For many children, summer vacation is a three-month hiatus from the daily responsibilities and scheduled demands they experience during the nine-month school year. Yet the freedoms many adults may remember from their childhood summers—riding bikes to the corner store, walking to the local swimming hole, playing active games with neighborhood friends every day—have become less common among today’s youth. Emerging evidence shows that children gain more weight during their summer vacation than they do during the entire school year, and some studies also find that the fitness gains children achieve during the school year are erased over the summer months.
Promising efforts to achieve healthy eating and physical activity standards in summer programs are underway, but it will require additional time before the impact of these interventions is fully known. Given the existing information regarding youth and summer vacation, the following recommendations are provided:
■ In 2011, healthy eating and physical activity standards endorsed by the National Afterschool Association included standards for day-long summer programs.15 These standards call for increases in the amount of fruits and vegetables children eat and the amount of moderate-tovigorous physical activity they should accumulate while attending summer programs. These standards should be implemented by the settings many youth frequent during the summer, such as YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Parks and Recreation-operated summer day camps.
■ Existing approaches, such as professional development trainings, should be tailored to staff employed in locations youth frequent during the summer.
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This event has everything a novice to veteran cyclist needs--stocked rest stops, SAG support and a celebration lunch. Proceeds support St. Luke’s outreach programs for the community. The cost is $45. Register at stlukestourdewellness.com.View More »
Stroller Running Day is all about connecting you to the thousands of other dedicated runners and walkers both in person through a series of related events across the country as well as through the annual event’s hashtag and virtual run: #StrollerRun15. As parents, we’ve learned the value in having a community to support. The goal is to expand your community and connect you to others that share your interest in staying fit. Stroller Running Day will be held on May 31st. We encourage you to organize a local meet up of like minded stroller runnersView More »