Friday, June 3, 2011

Keeping the Kids Active Too!

Childhood obesity has more then tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children ages 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6%in 2008, while those ages 12 to 19 increased from 5% to 18.1%.* I don't know about you, but those numbers frighten me. Why did this happen? I remember as a child, especially during summer months, waking up in the morning, eating something, then quickly going outside to play with friends. My parents were lucky if they saw me before dinner...I was too busy running around and having fun. In this age of computers and video games, I guess we have veered away from those tendencies. Faced with these statistics, my husband and I are making a concerted effort to have active family fun. Kids lead by example. If they see mom and dad outside moving their bodies, they will do the same. Let's get moving parents!

So with this in mind, my husband took on this latest project. Check it out...and happy building!

With summer comes the joys of outdoor play, but this can often be accompanied by the all too familiar "there's nothing to do". In an attempt to achieve our goal of simple family fun while staying active I took it upon myself to build a pair of soccer goals using simple plans I found online.
For a pair of goals just double the materials listed in the link, as the plans are for one goal. I bought one full size replacement net at Dick's Sporting Goods and cut it to fit both goals. Total expenses for materials for each goal was approximately $35 and build time about two hours. Seeing my daughter dance after scoring a goal let me know the money and effort were well worth it.


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