When film crews visited the UW Health Pediatric Fitness Clinic, it wasn’t for the latest Hollywood film – though it felt a little bit like that. It was for a documentary about the very real crisis of obesity in the U.S.
HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, created the four-part documentary series that brought together the nation’s leading research institutions. Part three, “Children in Crisis” focused on childhood obesity and the challenges facing kids and parents today. The Pediatric Fitness Clinic and a few of its patients were featured in the episode.
Don’t hibernate, embrace the season
Yes, Wisconsin is known for its cold and snowy winters. We have two choices. We can shut ourselves indoors, complain about the weather and wait for spring to come. Or, we can get out and play. With 2 young children, our family has chosen to get out and play. It’s easy, its fun and its wonderful family bonding time.
UW Health Sports Psychologist Dr. Shilagh Mirgain explains that sports provide a learning platform for life, and help kids develop a sense of self and positive self-esteem. Kids also learn valuable life lessons — learning to work collaboratively, goal setting and perseverance are just a few.
But, with so much benefit to be gained, how do you get kids involved in sports?
The number one reason kids participate in sports is because it’s fun.
Some strategies for introducing kids to sports include: