Wednesday, February 21, 2007
A Conversation With Emily
Me: I put a dollar in your backpack for tomorrow's jump rope for heart thing.
Emily: Why do I need a dollar? To buy a jump rope?
Me: No, I put your jump rope in your backpack, too. The dollar is to help kids who can't jump rope.
Me: Don't forget to give Ms. Y your dollar.
Emily: Oh, I see, Ms Y's arms don't work.
Emily: That's why she gets the dollar, her arms don't work for jumproping.
Me: No, her arms work, she is just collecting the money.
Emily: Oooooh, Ms. Y wants to get rich!
Emily: That's why she wants all the dollars!
Me: No, she is just getting the money, then she will give it to your PE teacher.
Emily: But his arms work....
Jump Rope for Heart helps support the American Heart Association. They list some reasons for encouraging jumproping:
because more than 9 million children are overweight and 36 percent get no exercise
because for the first time in history, children’s life spans are predicted to be less than their parents because of inactivity and obesity-related illnesses.
because obesity is the fastest growing cause of illness and death in the U.S.
They also list some ways to help children develop healthy habits Here are a few that I need to work on:
Be a positive role model. If you’re practicing healthy habits, it’s a lot easier to convince children to do the same.
Limit TV, video game and computer time.
Don’t reward children with food. Candy and snacks as a reward encourage bad habits. Find other ways to celebrate good behavior.
Food is my favorite reward: ice cream after a big job, a treat at the check out for surviving the grocery store, cookies after dinner chores... What do you use as a reward?
I wasn't really planning on it, but I think I will jump rope today. Sydney is home sick (fever, cough), and it is raining, so I'm not going to make it on my morning run. I was thinking that I wished I had an exercise video for these kind of days, but maybe I'll go find my jumprope, and one for John, and put on some music.