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Keeping Mississippi Kids Active During the Summer Months
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Kids playing tag football at the Flowood YMCA
Desare Frazier

 

"You see my hand. Get in one line." said Brooks

Coach David Brooks is getting about 40 boys at this YMCA day camp lined-up to go inside for lunch. The six to 13 year olds just finished playing dodge ball. Nine-year old Ty Lofton lists some of the games they play.

"Football, soccer, dodge ball, tag, board games." said Lofton.  Vivk Majumdar, who's 10 knows the importance of exercise.

"So that you're not just sitting at home and doing nothing and just being like three inches from a screen everyday. You're out getting active. Getting active stops diabetes, high blood pressure." said Majumdar

According to a Family Health survey by the "Y" only about half of kids get at least 60 minutes of daily physical activities during the summer and about 64 percent spend three or more hours a day online, playing video games or watching TV. Janet Reihle Director of Development stresses keeping kids active.

"There are resources available, your local parks and getting out and walking. In your front yard just playing games of catch and just trying to focus on making sure part of your day is spent being together and being active." said Reihle

Joannah Magee, who visits the "Y" has three three kids ages 11, 13, and 16. She keeps them busy in activities from tennis and running to swimming and skateboarding--when necessary she has a way to keep them outside.

"It keeps them out of trouble I think. Mostly. I mean, they don't need to sit inside and watch TV, and really if it gets bad and they don't want to go outside, I have been known to lock the door." said Magee.

Janet Reihle says, visits to the libraries and organizing activities that include your children's friends are other summer time options.