With childhood obesity hovering around 17% according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Childhood Overweight and Obesity page, the physical activity of our children is something we parents should be concerned with on a daily basis.
While most homeschoolers opt to not follow the exact academic curriculum of regular public or private schools, we should however, be interested in having our kids participate in some kind of physical fitness activity daily. Whether it be nature hikes, bike rides around the neighborhood, swim lessons, or other, even homeschoolers should get their kids moving and physically fit.
As a homeschooler myself, I know the challenges that many of us face getting our kids out there and moving around. We have the education of our children to attend to that oftentimes includes kids of different age levels and abilities, we have regular home requirements such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc, and if that's not enough, the call of staying in our pajamas just because we want to is sometimes too strong to ignore. Yet, just as these everyday challenges appear in our life, so is the challenge to keep our kids healthy and safe. Being physically fit is one of those challenges.
This year Corpus Christi homeschoolers have options outside of the home to help parents meet their physical education goals for their children.
- The Corpus Christi Athletic Club is offering a physical education course for B.E.A.C.H. area homeschoolers as well as homeschoolers in SHHE Catholic group only. Classes are being offered for a 4 week trial period with one class being offered per week. Prices vary depending on the number of children participating. The deadline for this program is August 26, 2010 and begins on September 16, 2010 from 2-3 pm. Participants in the program must be a member of either one of these two groups. Contact either the B.E.A.C.H. Homeschool Group or the SHHE Catholic Homeschool Group for more information.
- Arts of Defense is offering a Martial Fitness Program. It is a Christian Martial Arts based program which provides students with a way to become physically fit and meet Physical Fitness requirements at the same time. The program is designed specifically for homeschoolers. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday. The program is based on attending class at least two times per week. Children in the Martial Fitness program interact with peers two to four times per week during classes and have the opportunity to meet new friends at events such as day camp, movie nights, parents night out, sleepovers, summer camp and tournaments put on by Arts of Defense regularly. For more information on the Martial Fitness Homeschool Program, please call (361)723-0418 or e-mail Master Kevin Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obviously the physical activity level of our children is something we as parents must monitor, but it helps that there are programs out there that offer an avenue of helping us to ensure our kids stay active regularly.
CDC.gov (www.cdc.gov) is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).