Research analyzing 50 studies on running fitness involving 25 million children indicate that kids fitness levels have declined 5% per decade since 1975. Children 30 years ago could run a mile 90 seconds faster than today’s kids. Rising levels of obesity, media, video games are partly to blame. Parents and kids have to be more intentional about exercise and nutrition. Study after study points to exercise and fitness as important factors in improving psychological and cognitive functioning not to mention the obvious physical and health benefits. Let’s get kids moving!
On Wednesday, Maddey Nelson will join others across the country and write the word “love” on her arm. The movement, started by supporters of the nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms, aims to raise awareness and prevent self-injury.
More stories about bullying of late which can only be good news as more and more awareness is raised. Standing up for Shea is a local story that’s gone nationally. CNN has an excellent story on countering online bullying. This weekend the NFL and the Miami Dolphins are having to deal with the fallout from serious allegations of bullying within their football locker room. The Dolphins have suspended one of their best players for conduct detrimental to the team. I applaud the hulking, 300 lb. Jonathan Martin for taking a stand in a profession and culture like professional football. The positive impact of his courage will empower both children and adults who deal with this abuse at school or in the workplace. Ben Leichtling, founder of BulliesBeGone, says “bulling is not only about kids. It happens all the time, in every culture, with people at every age, in every situation, and always has.”