Friday, January 9, 2009

Getting Active

Raising four children in today's society filled with video games, computers, TV and so many other sedimentary activities it is a difficult challenge to keep my kids active. Luckily I have been able to find ways to balance their lifestyles to be fairly active everyday at home and the schools have good systems in place to have the kids active in gym 3 days a week too. It's so very important to get our youth moving because as it is much easier for them to build an active lifestyle when they began young than trying to get active later in life. With the Olympic games coming up in Vancouver in 2010 there is a building movement to be more active. Initiatives like SOGO Active which is a project between Coca-Cola and participACTION designed to inspire the youth of our nation to get more active and healthy. ParticipACTION is the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada and have years of expertise in developing programs to work with kids. The SOGO site is unique because it is allows Canadian Children to create and control their own physical activity plan. The basis of the SOGO initiative is to get established community organizations to provide support for the youth of our communities through access to facilities, equipment and guidance that youth need for their programs. By joining Sogo kids can have access to the entire site and by navigating and using the site they can get ideas that will work specific for their individual likes and personality. One of my favorites parts is the sections hi-lighting Olympic Athletes and their love of physical activity. By using examples of Olympic Athletes to inspire the children to get out and get active it shows kids that there are real people in their peer group that have gone onto much success in their chosen sport.


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