Obesity in childhood. A public health epidemic!
Documented trends show an increasing prevalence of obesity and inactivity, meaning pediatricians must focus preventive efforts on childhood obesity with its associated co-morbid conditions in childhood and likelihood of persistence into adulthood.
BMI is widely used to define overweight and obesity after the age of 2 years. That said, clinical judgment should also be used in applying these criteria to a patient.
The prevalence has doubled in the last 20 years. Factors attributive to this are the emergence of video games that promote a sedentary life style and increase in availability of sugary snacks and drinks. 15.3% of 6-11 year olds and 15.5 of 12-19 year olds in the US are overweight or obese by BMI criteria. Obesity in childhood is linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and self esteem issues.
What a parent can do.
*Schedule your child for a yearly physical with your pediatrician.
*Involve your child in extracurricular activities and sports at a young age.
*Limit time spent on video games and watching TV to no more than 30 minutes a day during the week and no *more than 1 hour on weekend days.
*Provide your child with a wide variety of nutritious foods; include dairy, grain, protein, fruits and vegetables.
*Monitor portion sizes.
*Limit the intake of snacks and sugary fluids.
*Give your child 3 servings of low fat dairy per day.
More information for parents can be viewed on www.cdc.gov/obesity
Omolara Dairo M.D.
River’s Edge Pediatrics
100 N High Street,
Dublin, OH 43017
Yoga For Kids!!!!
Is your child ever frustrated, rushed, angry or anxious? Does he or she ever feel stressed or hyperactive? Does your child have problems with sleeping?
Some recent studies show that if you often do yoga exercises (breathing, different poses and relaxation), it increases balance, develops a strong and flexible body and improves attention and emotional control. It also calms the mind and releases stress and tension and it develops discipline and self control. So yoga promotes an overall sense of well being for your child.
If you would like to try a yoga class with your child, I invite you to try a free trial class on Tuesday from 2:00 till 2:45 at Om2ohm Yoga Studio (next door to Locker Soccer) in Powell. This class is for 2-6 year olds (a class for 6-12 year olds will begin in November). Some materials that you can access, if you would like to start practicing at home are: Yoga Kids, Yoga Calm & Namaste Kids. They all have great DVD’s, CD’s and books about Yoga For Kids!
I wish you all a happy, healthy, and suffering-free soccer season!
Peace & Joy,
Danielle van Kalmthout
A note from Coach Steve: Danielle is a mom of one of our young LS Elite boys. She comes from Netherlands and has attended several really cool certification programs for kids & yoga in Dover, Massachusetts. For more information, please feel free to contact Danielle directly at email@example.com
We are reminded daily about the child obesity epidemic in our country. While Locker Soccer Academy has been successful in reaching thousands of young children through our developmental classes, we have recently decided to launch a new program that will compliment our soccer programming with a Kid’s Fitness Bootcamp.
Our new Bootcamp is designed for children in the 8-14 age group…slightly older than the preschoolers who participate in our soccer development classes. This program is modeled on a fitness regiment that is very common to soccer players, focusing on speed, agility, strength, balance, flexibility and overall fitness. The beauty of this program is….that it is excellent for all athletes! This past summer we even had a few moms and dads working out along side of their children…it was a blast!!!!
Our Bootcamp will be directed by Jason Griffith, our newest member to the Locker Soccer staff. Jason hails from Ascot, England, and is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky. Jason holds a degree in Exercise Science, and was drafted out of Kentucky by the New England Revolution in MLS. After a couple of months of working with our camps, our LS Elite teams, and in our academy classes, Jason is already a fan favorite of the Locker Soccer children.
Bootcamps begins now, and will be held every Thursday evening at 7:45 at our Powell Academy. It lasts 45 minutes, and is perfect for all kids. Cost is $10/class, with a 12 class package costing only $100. Get the siblings, friends, neighbors, relatives….and come join the fun. We make getting fit fun for all kids!
“Let them make mistakes and play free”
In a recent SI article, US Women’s National Team star Megan Rapinoe credited her U13 coach for her development as a creative star on the US team. Rapinoe is described as probably the least “American-like” in her style of play, often characterized as “a little bit of Barcelona in red, white and blue.”
“I don’t think he ever really told us how to play,” says Rapinoe. “He was really good about letting us make mistakes and play free. That was cool. There are a lot of really bad coaches in the U.S. who maybe don’t focus on the right things. Sometimes creativity is stamped out at a young age.”
It is truly refreshing when creative stars like Rapinoe reinforce the notion that we need to let kids play and have fun, giving them their best chance to become special players. By not concentrating solely on tactics and wins, great soccer players can be developed. Soccer has always been a wonderful form of entertainment for me, and to have young players who can entertain….that’s priceless!
Register Now for a Little Kickers Class!
Fall Session I runs August 27th through October 21st (8 weeks).
Click Here to Register for Powell/Dublin Classes
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Locker Soccer Night at the Crew
Wednesday, August 22nd ~ 7:30pm
FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ALREADY HAVE TICKETS OR FOR ANYONE STILL INTERESTED IN TICKETS: THE CREW GAME WAS RESCHEDULED FROM SAT, AUGUST 11TH TO WED, AUGUST 22ND DUE TO THE PASSING OF THEIR PLAYER, KIRK URSO. IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN GETTING TICKETS, PLEASE CONTACT BECCA VOSS AT RVOSS@THECREW.COM OR 447-4152.
Every kid gets on field post game to take a shot on Crew Cat! Plus, 22 lucky kids get to walk the Crew and Toronto players out on the field!
CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND THE PRINTABLE ORDER FORM!
The Locker Soccer Elite Assessments will be held:
(CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ASSESSMENTS)
U8 & U9 Boys & Girls–Tuesday, May 29th 5:30pm-7pm
U8 & U9 Boys & Girls–Wednesday, May 30th 5:30pm-7pm
U8 & U9 Boys & Girls–Thursday, May 31st 5:30pm-7pm
U10, U11 & U12 Boys & Girls–Tuesday, May 29th 7pm-830pm
U10, U11 & U12 Boys & Girls–Wednesday, May 30th 7pm-830pm
U10, U11 & U12 Boys & Girls–Thursday, May 31st 7pm-830pm
We recommend that your child attend 2 days/times, so our coaches can get an accurate view of their soccer abilities.
Please register ahead of time by clicking the link above!
HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE THERE!
2012 Summer Camps
Week 1–June 4-June 8
Week 2–June 11-June 15
Week 3–June 18-June 22
Week 4–June 25-June 29
Week 5–July 9-July 13
Week 1, 2 & 3 are at Avery Park in Dublin
Week 4 & 5 are at Library Park in Powell
Week 4 is also offered at Bevelhymer Park in New Albany
Please note: The registration fee is NOT due for Summer Camps!
To register for a Powell/Dublin Summer Camp, CLICK HERE!
To register for a Gahanna/New Albany Summer Camp, CLICK HERE!
Remember how much fun your kids had last year at camp? Tell your friends and let’s make this the best year yet!
Locker Soccer Academy is excited that AC Milan product Roberto Minuti will be joining us this summer for two weeks of soccer camp. Roby will be with us for the June 11th & 18th week of camps at Avery Park in Dublin. Coach Steve is excited to rekindle his working relationship with AC Milan, a club that he has spent many years working with during his time at Harvard.
The introduction of Roby at camp is only the beginning, as several young players from AC Milan have expressed an interest in joining us for future camps.
Adding such a professional element and European flavor to the camps promises to be lots of fun for all of the children at Locker Soccer!
Ages 3&4 meet 9:00a-10:30a or 10:30a-12:00p
5 & Up meet 9:00a-12:00p
Skill Dev. meet 9:00a-12:00p
The weeks of June 11th and June 18th also offer evening times!
We look very forward to seeing everyone at camp again, as we have fun programs for the young players, as well as some more serious skill development programs for our older players.