Bridget Anderson, adaptive physical education instructor for the Grundy County Special Education Cooperative, was the guest speaker during Grundy County Preschool Parent’s April meetings in Morris, Minooka and Coal City.
Since surveys indicate that 32 percent of children nationwide are overweight and 17 percent could be considered obese. Grundy County Preschool Parent Educator Thorson asked Anderson to provide parents with ideas and activities that would empower them in their abilities to keep their children, healthy and fit.
“Parents have choices and with a little creativity and a little time, parents can implement daily exercise and healthy eating that will become routine,” Anderson said.
Anderson says that exercise improves memory and ability to learn, improves the ability to maintain focus and self control, increases brain cell growth, keeps child fit and is fun, to boot.
Emphasis was placed on the importance of making simple exercises a part of their child’s daily life, perhaps doing it as a family or as a part of their daily “getting ready for school” routine. She engaged the parents and children in stretching exercises as a lead-in to playing active and fun games with their children.
Families played several fun games that promoted physical fitness while incorporating the practice of several cognitive skills of preschoolers. Afterwards, families were given healthy choices of snack items and they put them together to create a healthy snack for their enjoyment.
Discussion of convenient and simple activities that promote everyday health in all family members, completed the meeting.
The Grundy County Preschool provides services to children ages three to five throughout Grundy County.
The program provides a creative learning environment that encourages the social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth of each child.
For more information, contact Shirley Thorson, Parent Educator at (815) 318-6831.