Thursday, June 20, 2013

#FightLatinoObesity with a Homeschool PE Curriculum

As you have probably figured out by now, I'm always looking for ways to #FightLatinoObesity and the health risks associated with it, especially in our children. I know that it affects our kids' ability to function on a daily basis, and affects their performance in school.

Childhood Obesity Among Latino Children

Childhood obesity is a significant health issue in the United States, and Latino children are at increased risk compared to non-Latino white children. Here are some statistics on childhood obesity among Latino children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of obesity among Hispanic/Latino children aged 2 to 19 years was 26.2 from 2017 to 2020. This is higher than the overall prevalence of obesity among all children in the U.S. (19.7%). Childhood obesity can lead to a range of health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Latino children with obesity are also at increased risk for developing these conditions at younger ages.

These statistics highlight the need for targeted interventions to prevent and treat childhood obesity among Latino children, particularly those from low-income families.

Homeschool PE Curriculum

So I think that this homeschool PE curriculum from Family Time Fitness for families in K - 8 is a great idea! Since you know that I homeschool my kids, one of the areas that I think about a lot is PE. We're lucky that our local YMCA offers homeschool classes in swimming and gym, and there are other sports programs around. But even so, there's often months when our travel schedule doesn't allow me to sign my kids up for classes that I know we won't be around to complete (and I DON'T like paying for something and not getting my money's worth). That's why I've been thinking about investing in a curriculum like this. 

The curriculum comes with a startup/training guide for parents, and 260 lesson plans for activities that last 30 to 45 minutes. The lesson plans come in a PDF format that includes a list of supplies, warm-up activity, cool down and suggested outdoor activity. This would be a great program not just for homeschooled children, but also parents who want their kids to be more active, especially in the summer.

I have not used the program, but I think it is a fabulous idea. How about you?


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