August 3-9 is National Exercise With Your Child Week and the White Tiger Martial Arts Center (WTMAC) in Wheeling is joining this worthwhile movement by issuing a challenge to encourage area parents to, literally, jump in and get involved with their children.
According to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition's most recent statistics, on average, children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen and less than 20% of adults meet the 30-minutes of recommended activity each day.
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To support National Exercise With Your Child Week and to encourage joint family activity, the WTMAC is offering free classes to area families. "Parents can use this week as an opportunity to bond with their children by introducing them to a new physical activity," stated Head Master Shik Lee, Owner of the White Tiger Martial Arts Center. "Taekwondo is very much a family sport and one of the few organized activities in which parents and children can actually do it together, side-by-side."
According to Dr. Badar Zaheer, Weight Management Program Physician with the Compassionate Care Network, parents simply being with their child during activities can create an emotional bond between the child and physical activity. "Children shape their own behaviors through cues learned by watching their parents' actions," commented DR. Zaheer. "When children see their parents physically active they are more likely to be active themselves. This is known as Modeling."
Local families can simply drop by the White Tiger Martial Arts Center at 286 W. Palatine Rd (at the corner of Wheeling Rd.) in Wheeling throughout the week of August 3-9 or they can call 847-279-2780 to get more information.