Post Content

LynnPosted by:

Lynn Beattie, Nutrition Education Specialist

 

 

With the 2012 Summer Olympics just a few days away, are you getting excited to watch your favorite games and cheer on the athletes? Or, are you feeling adventurous and want to try a new activity with your family?

It’s only natural to feel inspired by the greatest athletes in the world. The Olympics feature such a wide variety of sports and can motivate us to try a new sport or even hold our own version of the games with our family or friends—complete with medals! 

Here is a list of fun and easy activities to try outdoors.  If you don’t have a backyard, head to the nearest park or field!

  • Throw a bean bag and compete to see who can throw it the farthest.
  • Create an obstacle course with household items. You can set up hula hoops to hop through, a table or bench to crawl under, and balloons hanging from a tree branch to reach and touch. You’d be surprised how innovative kids can be with additional ideas!
  • Play discus using Frisbees (or heavier paper plates).
  • Show off your simple gymnastics skills (cartwheels, somersaults, hand stands).
  • Have relay races. Mark a starting line across the yard. Have children take one shoe off and put it into a pile. Have them take turns running to the pile of shoes, putting on their shoe and tying their lace. Then, run back to the finish line.
  • Make a homemade badminton game by creating racquets using wire coat hangers, nylon stockings and string.
  1. Bend the wire hanger into an oval shape, so it looks like the top of a racquet.
  2. Twist the ends together to make a handle. Pull the nylon over the top of the oval and wrap it tightly around the handle. If necessary, wrap a piece of string around the hand to make it secure.
  3. Stretch a string between two trees and secure the ends to the tree.
  4. Hit a light, soft, small ball back and forth across the string.

 Have fun, and remember that the Olympics are a celebration of friendship, unity and peace that can inspire us in our everyday life in more ways than one!  Synchronized swimming, anyone?

Written By:

Recent Posts

Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults posted on Sep 22

Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

Falls among older adults (age 65+) are a major public health challenge.  In Massachusetts, there are nearly 50,000 emergency room visits each year for fall-related injuries.  These injuries, which can include broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, are also very expensive to treat. In 2014,   …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained posted on Sep 20

Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained

When you say ‘temp worker’, many people picture a receptionist filling in while a company’s employee is on vacation or out sick. Back in the day that was what the temp industry looked like. (I remember working as a temp in an office during summer   …Continue Reading Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained

Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 14

The September 14th meeting of the Public Health Council included a vote on one Determination of Need request, followed by a series of information presentations on the current status of various proposed regulatory amendments. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need application from Nantucket   …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting