On Saturday July 2, IWS launched the inaugural Health Activity Initiative event in Shanghai. Health Activity Initiative (H.A.I.) is a comprehensive wellness plan for kids aged 4-11 and families focusing on the importance of a healthy lifestyle – making exercise and fitness a lifelong habit.
IWS participated in the fourth annual Family Fun Fair at Shanghai Center, an event for families across the city promoting healthy & happy lifestyle in Shanghai. IWS works with Health Activity Initiative, a program tailored for kids aged 4 to 11 with focus on improving their overall physical and mental health by organizing weekly indoor and outdoor events.
Playgrounds are fun and exciting places for children to build dexterity, strength, endurance and learn how to make friends. Kids are quite inventive and sometimes use playground equipment in many different ways which are unsafe. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, more than 156,000 children under age 14 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries occurring on public playgrounds.
Growing pains are a bit of a mystery to parents and physicians alike. Do any search on the internet and you’ll find yourself entrenched in websites and blogs with parents asking, “Are growing pains real?”
A study by the US Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission calculated that carrying a 12-pound backpack to and from school and lifting it 10 times a day for an entire school year puts a cumulative load on youngsters’ bodies of 21,600 pounds — the equivalent of six mid-sized cars!
Imagine a group of 100 girls. How many think they are beautiful or pretty? Only 41 of them, according to a recent survey of 11,500 girls.
As you travel around China we all have seen motor scooters loaded with an entire family and no one wearing a helmet. We shake our head knowingly and think they ought to know better. But what about our own children – are they wearing helmets when they are biking around the neighborhood? And should they?