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Through the years it has become increasingly difficult for parents to motivate and encourage their kids to play outside. The popularity growth of the television in the sixties was the start of many unhealthy habits. Reliance on electronic gadgets has replaced positive interaction with friends and taken away the benefits of being outside in the fresh air and sunshine. The television was also the beginning of the electronic babysitter which can keep kids occupied for hours. The trouble is that now we have become accustomed to having our kids spend countless hours on the computer, watching tv or playing video games.
Here are some facts for you to think about:
- Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that young people aged 6-17 years participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
- Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Creating an outside environment that kids love can become your best weapon in keeping the kids happy, healthy and occupied all at the same time.
It is our goal at kidsbackyardtoys.com to be your number 1 source for ideas, products and information when it comes to creative and imaginative outdoor fun and recreation.
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Sincerely, The KBT Team