No Child Left Inside


The 13 year old kid across the street used to be outside all the time riding his bike and attempting tricks on his skateboard. He hasn’t been out much lately. I saw him the other day and my first thought was “wow, he’s adding on some weight”. (Yes, Jeremy, I’m talking about you!)

I saw him again today and he was on a scooter. But here’s the problem: It was an electric scooter.

He stopped riding the bike.
He stopped riding the skateboard.
He’s adding on weight (and it’s not muscle).
He’s riding an electric scooter.

Something tells me the extra weight’s not a coincidence. It even has a seat so he doesn’t have to wear himself out by standing!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children ages 6-19 that are overweight or obese has tripled since 1980. Children who are overweight or obese have a 70 percent change of carrying that weight problem through adulthood.

School’s almost out. Don’t let them sit behind the Wii and call it exercise. Send your kids outside this summer. Please.

If you need a few ideas for things to do outdoors with your kids, check out Chicago Wilderness

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