Keep the Kids Heatly
We Take Action to Ensure the Health of your Kids
Healthy Kids are Important
More and more of our parents are working with educators, MYAA and health professionals to develop a plan — the Individualized Youth Nutritional Program (IYEP) — to help kids succeed in school through the learning and development of their growing minds and bodies with nutritional awareness.
The health, safety and protection of our youth are one of our top objectives. The sports and fitness programs not only develops our young athletes; we teach nutritional values. Children will learn about nutrition concepts and the value of eating the right foods and performing the proper exercises.
Our Sports programs get kids physically active — a significant step in addressing the steep rise in childhood overweight and obesity and ensuring a lifelong love of physical activity. Physical activity improves overall health, increases longevity, and protects against obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, depression, and anxiety. Exercise and sports participation can also enhance mental health and self confidence.Yet fewer than half of young people, and only a quarter of low-income youth, participate in organized sports outside of school.
Obesity Related Problems
Today’s children are likely to be the first generation to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents due to obesity and other related diseases. More than 15% of the nation’s children between the ages of 6 and 11 are overweight, up from just 4% in the 1970s. One-third of American children and youth are either obese or at risk of becoming obese. The cumulative lifetime risk of coronary heart disease is likely greatest among those who are persistently overweight throughout their adolescent years. Approximately 300,000 deaths a year in the US are currently associated with overweight and obesity. Obesity-related health expenditures have accounted for an estimated 25% or more of national health care spending growth between 1987 and 2001.
Life Long Activities
Want to give your child a head start on lifelong fitness? Consider children’s sports and other kid-friendly physical activities. With your encouragement and support, chances are a few sports will spark your child’s interest. Fan the flame by taking your child to local sporting events and sharing your own sports interests with your child.
Consider Age Appropriate Activities
Your child is likely to show natural preferences for certain sports or activities. Start there, being careful to keep your child’s age, maturity and abilities in mind.
Before allowing your child to participate in a contact sport, consider his or her age, maturity, and physical size. Are the physical contact, aggressiveness and competition involved developmentally appropriate for your child? Will your child enjoy it? Because children enter puberty at different ages, there can be dramatic physical differences among children of the same sex — particularly boys. Children competing against others who are more physically mature might be at increased risk of injury.