Have you ever seen a talk show episode that featured overweight kids? I personally hate watching those stories because they just break my heart.
There are, of course, the "shocker stories" - like the 3-year-old little girl who died from obesity in 2004. But there are many other "every-day" stories that are equally saddening.
It always makes me upset when I see kids that are grossly overweight and - yes - I do blame the parents. Part of a parent's "job" is to model healthy behaviors and to create "boundaries."
As parents, we need to be diligent about fostering an environment that nurtures good health. We need to turn off the TV, to go on family walks, to cook up healthy meals, and to kick the McDonalds habit. We need to sign up for family 5Ks, to challenge each other to competitions on Wii Fit, to put out fresh fruit as an after-school treat, and to quit buying processed foods. We need to get our bottoms off the couch and out in the fresh air. For the sake of our kids. And ourselves. [Did you know that obese people are less likely to get married, more likely to get divorced, and have lower incomes than their leaner counterparts?].
Aqua-Leisure is one company that understands this. AL is a family-owned company based in Massachusetts whose mission is to "provide fun, safe, and innovative recreational products for the entire family to enjoy." From jumpropes to kid-sized treadmills to aquatic products, they carry items that encourage fitness from the start. Their products are all about having fun and creating family past times that revolve around activity.
Check out these fun products from AL's First Fitness line:
Deluxe Digi-Jump Rope
Deluxe 19pc. Obstacle Course
Fun Activity Tumbler
Aqua-Leisure products are geared to kids (birth to age 12) and are sold at a variety of retailers including Amazon.com, Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart.
YOUR TURN: What does your family do to stay active?
WIN IT! One winner will receive his/her choice of any of the products listed above. To enter, leave a comment on this post stating what product(s) from the Aqua-Leisure's First Fitness line look fun/appealing to you prior to Sunday, February 1 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #26 Heather H. Congratulations!