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FIghting Childhood Obesity - Thursday, September 13, 2012

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Did you know that every one in three kids in the U.S. are overweight or obese today? This is a staggering statistic told by Larry Soler, president and CEO

of the Partnership for Healthy America.

The dropout rate is caused from "burnoutĒ as explained by Kurt Kamperman, U.S. Tennis Associationís chief executive of community tennis.

Kids are just having to specialize in a sport when they are too early. It is said that kidís should get about 60 minutes of physical activity per day

but the number of kids that actually achieve this, is well below half.

To kick of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month we are giving you some tips on incorporating activity into a childís schedule:

1. Tim Morehouse, Olympic fencer

"We've got to get kids trying sports. ... Kids might only see on TV baseball, basketball and football. ... Who knows what will capture a child's imagination?"

2. Dara Torres, Olympic swimmer

"My daughter likes TV, there's no doubt about that, but I always make sure that after school I have her do something.

She doesn't listen to me as much, so it's easier to put her in a program where someone else is in charge. ... Everyone who has taught her has made

the sport fun, and I think that's key."

3. Bob Harper, author and trainer on "The Biggest Loser"

"You gotta go in and turn the computer off. You gotta take the video game away -- it just cannot be a free-for-all for a kid. And I understand parents:

We're all busy. ... But our kids need our help more than ever now."

4. Christine Taylor, actress

"Make it fun. ... [Make] obstacle courses with objects in your house. ... I pull chairs out and turn chairs over and have them climb over and

really make it creative from room to room."

Did you know?

This year, the USTA changed the rules of tennis for kids in an effort to get them interested and engaged in the sport.

Here are the (literal) game-changers:

Children 5-8

Play tournaments on a 36-foot court (a regular court is 78 feet) with a lower net

Play with a red ball that's 75 percent slower in the air and has a lower bounce

Play with a smaller racquet

9- and 10-year-olds

Play tournaments on a 60-foot court with a regulation net

Play with an orange ball that's 50 percent slower in the air and has a lower bounce

Play with a smaller racquet

Advanced 9- and 10-year-olds

Play tournaments on a full-size court with a regulation net

Play with a green ball that's 25 percent slower in the air and has a lower bounce

Play with a smaller racquet

The USTA is hosting free play days across the country through Oct. 6, where kids and their families can visit a local

school or park to test out and play with the new equipment. Visit www.youthtennis.com and type in your ZIP code to learn about free play days near you.



 

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