Montgomery County Recreation, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), announces the creation of an online Summer Activity Calendar for children. Much like a summer reading list, the calendar lists games, activities and fitness challenges for kids to mark off each day of the summer break.
The calendar was developed by physical education instructors at MCPS, and can be accessed on the “Be Active Montgomery!” website. In addition to the calendar, the website features weekly wellness tips, opportunities for recreational activities in Montgomery County, wellness resources and suggestions for pool games, outdoor neighborhood games and other fun summer activities.
The Summer Activity Calendar is one of the efforts of the “Be Active Montgomery!” initiative introduced by County Executive Ike Leggett. Acknowledging the problem of childhood obesity in the Washington, D.C. area, the campaign is designed to make residents aware that a healthier lifestyle can be achieved in incremental steps. Ideally, kids should be active 60 minutes each day according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, www.health.gov. But, even 10 minutes is better than nothing, and the calendar is full of quick daily games and activities encouraging children to get off the couch and be active.
“The message of the ‘Be Active Montgomery!’ campaign is that it is not necessary to jump into a whole fitness regime but encourages just doing something fun and active every day,” said Leggett. “We hope, with the kick off of this new initiative, children will realize how easy it is to include physical activity in their daily schedules.”
The “Be Active Montgomery!” campaign officially kicks off on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the South Germantown Recreation Park. The field day features obstacle courses and games, sport and fitness demonstrations, active performances and mini-classes and interactive wellness booths for all ages. Participants in the fitness challenge will receive free admission to the miniature golf course at the South Germantown Recreation Park and the Germantown Outdoor Pool located at 18905 Kingsview Drive.
Montgomery County Recreation is organizing the campaign and field day by working collaboratively with agencies dedicated to promoting health and wellness in the community. Partners include Montgomery County Public Schools, United Way of the National Capital Area, Montgomery Parks, Maryland Soccer Foundation and Montgomery Tennisplex.
For more information, call 240-777-6821 or visit http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.
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