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Keeping Kids Active


Some Facts About Our Children’s Health

  1. kids running outsideChildhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
  2. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who are obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 25% in 2011. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 25% over the same period.
  3. More than one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on the health and well-being of our kids…and is increasing at an alarming speed!


The Short-Term and Long-Term Health Effects of Obesity

  • kids playing doctorObese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults.
  • Being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk for many types of cancer.


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The reduction of Physical Education classes is a major culprit.  Schools nationally are undergoing budget cuts or are placing a higher emphasis on academic performance while physical education classes and programs are reduced, or eliminated all together. Thus, even while most states are undertaking school reforms, lack of funding is causing American students to have little or no gym time.


Physical education is being short-changed. Many schools don’t have recess. Experts and educators feel that the reduction and elimination of Physical Education has been a major contributor to the skyrocketing obesity rates.

The more unhealthy kids become, the less they will exercise, causing a vicious downward cycle.


The Issues Are Amplified for Minority Students

Minority children display the highest obesity rates; the challenges to implement stronger Physical Education programs in lower-income schools are heightened by larger class sizes, less funding and limited facilities.


Sports Activities Help Fight Childhood Obesity

girl ready on courtSports not only provide children with much-needed exercise, but has also been shown to help psychological skill development, improves bone growth and general fitness.

Sports activity provides total body exercise that gives the cardiovascular system a workout, helping prevent heart disease and strengthen the immune system. It also strengthens the major muscle groups in the arms, legs and torso.

Tennis provides practice in sprinting, jumping and lunging. Studies show a player changes direction five times in ten seconds during a point, so it is ideal for improving reaction times and motor control. Bone density is also improved in young players, helping prevent osteoporosis in later life.

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“I have used the ABC letter balls to help with letter identification, letter sounds and spelling first names in my Physical Education classes.  They are light weight and perfect for 3-6 years old to throw around the gym.  I would highly recommend purchasing them for your PE curriculum to help reinforce reading in the gym setting.”

Roxie Williams/Physical Education Teacher
Hmong International Academy
Minneapolis Public Schools

“The abc123 balls are a great added addition to any Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) program for students of varying abilities. They enhance active learning with added academic emphasis to include Math and reading skills. The abc123 balls can be used in so many ways to engage kids in fun and simple learning while they move and improve eye-hand coordination. I recommend the abc123 balls for physical education programs, special education programs and for students that want to learn in an active way! They are great!”

Bonnie Moren
Adapted Physical Education teacher

“I am using the abc123 Tennis format for our young tennis players. The system really works and keeps the kids interested throughout their group lessons. The kids continue to learn and improve their math, spelling, and reading skills by way of using the abc123 Tennis. Learning while playing tennis! What a wonderful concept!”

Raman Jayapathy

“abc123 is an amazing program! It should be used by any organization working with children and the development of their academic and athletic skills. The program is built with fantastic progressions that allow an instructor to work with very diverse groups of kids exhibiting wide ranges of academic and athletic skill levels. The cooperative design of the drills, games and lessons encourages and helps build very valuable leadership skills that are rarely addressed in other programs. Kids of all academic and athletic abilities are easily engaged. The kids are challenged with physical activity and at the same time practice their literacy and math skills. This is simply a BRILLIANT program!”

Marc Miller
Former Executive Director, Saint Paul Urban Tennis
Former Director of Player Development – USTA Northern

“The Players love it!, the Parents love it! And the Insructors love it!”

“ABC 123 is a fun program that combines academic and athletic skills taught to 10 and under players of all abilities enjoy. The skills games and progressions make it easy for the instructors to plan and improvise their lessons if needed. The parents are all for it - academic skills combined with tennis skills, what a plus!”

Peggy Niccolai
Tennis Director Tuckaway Country Club

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