Source: David Dzewaltowski, professor of kinesiology
RADIO REPORT: Ways parents can help increase physical exercise in their children
You have selected a report on ways to increase physical fitness in children during the summer. The wrap and two sound bites follow in 3,2,1.
WRAP 1: A Kansas State University expert offers tips to parents on ways to keep children active during the summer.
SUGGESTED INTRO: Summer is just around the corner, and this is the time many parents are thinking about enrolling their children in a summer activity program. An expert at Kansas State University has tips for finding a program for your child. Lanice Thomson reports.
MANY PARENTS ARE FACED WITH THE TASK OF FINDING THE RIGHT SUMMER PROGRAM FOR THEIR CHILDREN. ALTHOUGH SUMMER ACADEMIC PROGRAMS ARE GREAT, K-STATE KINESIOLOGY PROFESSOR DAVID DZEWALTOWSKI (JEV-ull-tau-skee) SAYS ITS IMPORTANT TO FIND ONE WHICH INCORPORATES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS WELL . . .
So if youre picking a summer program, are there structured physical activities for all kids. One of the dangers I think were running into now is that we have elite sport programs and we have sedentary programs but there may not be opportunities for all kids to be physically active. So you may choose for example a summer program that may be involved in the arts or computers or something that your child is interested in, which is great, but then are they then getting an opportunity to be physically active.
DZEWALTOWSKI SAYS ITS IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN TO GET AT LEAST 30 MINUTES OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE EACH DAY. LANICE THOMSON, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY.
ACTUALITY 1: Kansas State University received a federal grant to study how after- school programs can be used to prevent children from becoming overweight
Kansas State University recently received a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study how out-of-school programs can be used to help prevent children from becoming overweight. This four-year program gets underway at the start of the 2005-2006 school year. Dr. David Dzewaltowski is the director of the project, and says the study focuses on a mixture of good nutrition and daily physical activity. The sound bite is 25 seconds and the outcue is getting kids moving.
(Dzewaltowski :25 In the project were kicking off in this new grant is to look at the impact of offering a healthy snack in after-school time, offering a physical activity experience of at least 30 minutes for all kids that . So were talking about sport and game experience that are playing and getting kids moving.
Dzewaltowski says there is a need for out-of-school programs that focus on physical activity because now days, kids are not going home after school and playing in the neighborhood. He adds the number of overweight children has tripled in the last 30 years, so its important for all kids to get exercise every day.
ACTUALITY 2: A Kansas State University experts tells parents its important to keep your child physically active while theyre home for the summer.
Adults arent the only ones that have to worry about those extra pounds. Due to the increasing numbers of overweight children, its important for kids to get daily exercise too. K-State professor David Dzewaltowski recommends getting your child up and moving while theyre home for the summer. This sound bite is 25 seconds and the outcue is can they bike?
What you want to do is put kids in a place where they can be physically active. If youre talking about at home, that means typically you need to get the kids outside. What are some of the things kids can do outside? Examples would be are there activities that the kids can do in the backyard to play, can they bike?