Technology has changed and with it, so has the mentality of many kids around the world, but especially in the United States. When I was younger, I couldn't wait to go outside and play with my friends or hit the courts and play tennis... Today, it seems that more kids want to stay inside and play on their X-Box or surf on the web doing G-d knows what and with it, lack the exercise needed for their overall wellness, to fight the obesity battle and as well, to manage and lead a healthier lifestyle.
Exercise not only helps kids stay active, burn calories and remain fit, but it also helps them with their mental and physical health, and as well, facilitates with social skills, confidence and self-esteem. It also gets helps them in regards to teamwork, being a leader, learing how to follow directions and in many instances, gives them a direction and focus in their lives to stay out of trouble.
An example of an organization that's trying to make a difference in the world with kids and healthier lifestyles is the NFL Play 60 program. Their mission is in making the next generation of youth as active and healthy as possible. Basically, it's a national youth health and fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day and so far, the NFL through this program has generated/donated over $200 million dollars via the NFL Play 60 program.
I really believe in this cause and I'm thrilled to have been a part of it. In this picture, I'm shown with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and I'm presenting him with a gift from the South Florida Super Bowl Committee, the South Florida Community and the NFL for his dedication and hard work in making children's live more enriched through exercise and fitness.
Have you kids join a team... play outside with friends or join a club or gym... at first they might not be into it, but you never know where it might lead, and with it, create lifelong friends and lessons in the process!