We’ve seen the reports. The level of inactivity in our children is a ticking time bomb. Half of those aged seven don’t get enough exercise.
With two young boys in my life, I try to be a positive influence on their lives. I try to encourage them to switch off the TV and go do something more interesting instead.
So when they ask my how many miles we have walked, if they can come race with me in the Great Scottish Run and if they can sign up to rugby, it fills my heart with pride. Even tonight the eldest stated his main goal at Cubs was to get his “Athletics” badge.
I like to think that I somehow inspire them; that they want to be a bit like me.
Being a “dad” is as new to me as not being fat and I make mistakes. But I’m enjoying it more than I ever thought and I so don’t want them to be obese (small mercy they don’t have my genes, because we all know obesity is in the genes) or unhappy.
I want them to have a good and healthy life. I want them to enjoy being active. I want them to see healthy eating as the norm and not a punishment. They are already doing better than me as they love broccoli
And it seems I am not alone. Absolutely delighted to see them issued, at school, with a “Health AND Homework diary. It asks them to rate their daily key targets of eating healthily, sleeping, brushing teeth and being active.
If those aren’t enough, I think it is wonderful that they are encouraged to do something nice for someone each day. Promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Well done South Glasgow Primary Schools. Together, schools and parents/guardians can ensure healthier and more active lives for our kids.