Sports, Fitness, Athletics, Outdoor Equipment

Summer 2014

Summer 2014 Playground Magazine: Sports and Fitness

With the growing concern about the childhood obesity epidemic, the attention has been drawn to the health and fitness of our children. This issue highlights many of the great organizations involved in promoting good health through sports and fitness programs. The benefits of youth sports and the challenges of including children of all abilities are considered along with the recent push to encourage children to be more active physically. A reference directory of sports and fitness organizations that promote healthy living for our children is provided as a great resource.

In This Issue...

Jennie Finch
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
The most well-known member in the world of softball, Jennie Finch has served as a role model for young women throughout the world not only for her on-field performance and sportsmanship but how she conducts herself off of it. A Gold Medal pitcher from the 2004 Olympic team, Jennie was a 3 time All-...
Considering Sports from a Developmental Perspective
By: Jay Beckwith
Few would question the value of sports for kids, yet these days there are increased concerns being raised. Is intense competition necessary? What about head injuries? What’s the best age to join a league?
woman and teenage daughter exercising on outdoor equipment
By: Barry King
Most people accept the overwhelming evidence that the general level of physical fitness in the United States has declined while the health risks of obesity are growing. Other studies note that we spend less time outdoors than ever. 
Girl with down syndrome playing soccer
By: Sally Johnson
Youth sports plays an important role as the conduit through which children learn important life lessons, values, compassion, and good ethics. It is that relationship between sports skills and life skills that provide our young athletes with the fundamentals they need to succeed both on and off the...
hoope course
By: Reeve Brenner
The question needs to be asked: How can we mainstream the physically challenged into sports activities? The trend to make playgrounds more inclusive has been a tremendous stride in the right direction. However, inclusive playgrounds do not answer the challenge to offer ball-playing sports to those...
Shape American - Society of Health and Physical Educators
By: Paula Kun
“Healthy People – Physically Educated and Physically Active!” is the vision of the newly unified and rebranded Society of Health and Physical Educators, formerly known as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). SHAPE America is the organization’s...
Partnership for a Healthier America and Let’s Move! Active Schools
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
Over the past several decades, physical activity has been engineered out of everyday life. As a result, less than a quarter of children in the United States are getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day. At the same time, obesity rates have risen sharply; more than a third of...
The Miracle League
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
The Miracle League believes that “Every child deserves a chance to play baseball.” After welcoming children with disabilities to participate in the baseball season on a typical baseball field, the magnitude of the need for such a program was recognized. That’s when the dream of building a unique...
NCYS - National Council of Youth Sports
By: Sally Johnson
WHO WE ARE: The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) comprises the who’s who in the youth sports industry. We are well-known for our leadership and advocacy in promoting healthy lifestyles and safe environments for stronger neighborhoods and more wholesome communities. 
President's Council on Fitness Sports & Nutrition
By: Shannon Feaster
June is Great Outdoors Month, the perfect time to renew your commitment to creating active communities across America. According to the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, youth need 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day to be...
‘nPlay: Professional Athletes Unite to Fight Childhood Obesity
By: Eric Cohen
Established in 2008, ’nPlay was created to unite the athletes of the sports world to fight the childhood obesity epidemic. An idea born out channel bouncing between a CNN report on childhood obesity and the NY Yankees game, four partners with backgrounds in marketing, advertising, law, and...
Reference of Sports and Fitness Organizations
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
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Project Fit America
By: Stacey Cook
Project Fit America (PFA) is a national non-profit organization that creates and administers exemplary fitness in education programming in elementary and middle schools. Under this umbrella we address self-esteem, fitness, and exercise as fun, understanding the body as well as learning leadership,...