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Promoting Healthy Activity in Kids ~ Incredible Adventures of Wally: Sports Edition (Part 3)

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Wally completes his tour of Seattle sports with a visit to the Mariners, where he hits a home run and helps win the game! Wally has enjoyed learning more about all of these sports teams and the hard work that goes into each sport. He also has realized how much he has enjoyed being part of a team and being active.

Even though Wally has to retire from professional sports, he still plans to spend lots of time outside this summer with his friends, playing and teaching them all the things he learned in football, soccer, and baseball!

He hopes the other kids will join and see how fun it is to play together outside, release energy, be creative, and spend time socializing with each other.

Until next time!

 

~The Incredible Years

 


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Dina Dinosaur’s Exercise Blog Series (#2)

Hello friends!

Dina needed a little rest from her fitness regimen so she has enlisted her friend Wally to help her out this week!

Before we get started, let’s take a more serious moment to highlight a study (published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics) which relates to this fitness series. The study examined youth at high risk for obesity based on income, minority status, and child behavior problems. Results showed that early intervention promoting effective parenting led to meaningful differences in obesity in preadolescence. Read the article here!

Back to Dina and her friends…

Dina is very tired and sore from all of the exercising she did last week, so she has decided to take today off and instead play “personal trainer” for Wally.

Wally: Hey, Dina, I think I need some help! My mom read some research and she says if I want to be healthy, I should exercise and eat my fruits and vegetables. So I think to start, I will work on lifting some weights.

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I’m not sure if I am doing this right. I think I’ll switch to the treadmill and work on my leg muscles!

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Okay, now I think I have a problem. I don’t think I am big enough to do this! Yikes… CAN I do this?!

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I am definitely not tall enough for the treadmill!

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Dina is telling me to hang on and keep trying, because she needs an exercise buddy. I guess I’ll try another solution!

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Finally I have found a machine that I think will work for me – rowing! I’m learning there are many different ways to exercise, and the important thing is finding what works for you and your body.

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Whew. Rowing is work too! Even though I found something that works for me, Dina says it will still take work and persistence. I’ll do a few more, and next week I’ll invite all of our other friends to join too!

 

Thanks for tuning in!

~Dina, Wally, and the Incredible Years team