I am always searching for fun learning activities that my children will enjoy. When I saw advertisements for Shape Up Parkway (sponsored by Shape Up Missouri and ShapeUpUS.org) at my daughter’s elementary school last week, I knew I wanted us to participate.
As I have blogged before, our youth are less active than ever. With too much television watching, video game playing, and fast food eating, our children are overweight and not in shape. Our youth are learning habits which will shape their lives, which is why it is important for us as parents to make sure we are setting good examples with our kids when it comes to eating, staying active, and living a healthy lifestyle. Shape Up events are wonderful ways to teach our children the right habits, and instill in them that what they eat and and how they live are important for their overall health and wellness.
Today at Parkway North High School, Shape Up Missouri 2010 held an interactive festival filled with games, activities, and learning. There were many booths with helpful information and tips. The kids were able to get prizes and perform activities that contributed to getting their hearts beating and their blood racing. There was so much to do that I was overwhelmed at the site of the festival. I was quite impressed at everything there was to offer, and at how many businesses and organizations were at the festival to help teach children good habits. Radio Disney, Delta Dental, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Rams, Prairie Farms, Michaels, Sweet Tomatoes, ESPN, Smoothie King, United Health Care, and Vitamin Water were just a FEW of the many companies that were at the festival.
My daughter had a wonderful time at the festival. My sixteen year son did not. It seemed that most of the activities were geared towards children 12 and under. He did, however, enjoy the many samplings of free food that were available. Go figure!
I have changed my eating habits recently, and I am glad that I have been preparing a healthier lifestyle. My mission now is to continue promoting healthy meals, movement and activities with the family in mind.
Here are a few photos of the event: