Soccer, lacrosse, baseball, football—getting involved in youth sports is a rite of passage for many children, enabling them to learn physical and social skills on the playing field.
When Lolana “Lane” Madrid caught wind that Roseville High School’s athletic department was facing a financial crisis last year as a high school freshman, she knew exactly what to do.
The First Lady, Michelle Obama, decided to use her influential position to help create and promote a program that could potentially take a massive step in the right direction for controlling the childhood obesity epidemic.
Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.
Beginning in the preschool years and continuing on to high school, children benefit immensely from playing sports. Not only are sports a source of fun and exercise for children, participating in sports can also lead to better cognitive and social skills.
As many as 59 percent of adolescents can identify a role model in their lives, according to research published in the January 2011 issue of the “Journal of Adolescent Health.”
Dear Mr. President, I am pleased to present you with the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity’s action plan for solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation.
Sports are a big part of culture in the United States and across the world and often play an important role in our lives – whether one participates at the professional level or in pick-up games, watches sports on TV or drives the soccer carpool.