Spring Thaw and Being Active

 Now that the weather is finally turning warm, it’s about time we all shake off the hibernation blahs and get outside. Around my Playbourhood the number of kids out on the street has certainly grown in the last few weeks and I’m thrilled by all the excitement. One of our neighbours is teaching his daughter how to ride her bike without training wheels. Kids are slowing down traffic with their pick up hockey games and several basketball nets have been moved to the curb. It’s a wonderful time to get outside and spend some quality time with the kids and the neighbours. And to encourage that healthy attitude, the folks at Today’s Parent magazine have a new contest going on. It’s called Every Minute Counts and you can find out more about it here. The idea is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, but I’m sure they won’t mind if we suggest that it also helps to build great Playbourhoods, too. The contest has an educational element where you track the activities of your family members (walking the dog, doing yoga, or playing basketball at those curb-side nets I mentioned) for a week. The results can be quite enlightening. Then with that information in hand, you log onto the contest site and enter to win a great prize or two. Check it out here. Even if you don’t win, the benefits of being outside, helping to build your own neighbourhood connections are well worth the effort.

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