Oh, the summer holidays. Waking up late, eating all day and lazing around watching TV or playing video games – it’s the stuff kids’ wildest dreams are made of. As a parent, it’s natural to want your child to kick back and live out their idyllic conception of a good summer holiday. However, research suggests that for the sake of your child’s long-term health, you should be wary of summer holidays, as it is the most unhealthy time of the year for a child.
A study from the ukactive Research Institute found that British schoolchildren, on average, lose 80 percent of the fitness built up through the school term when they go for summer break. When asked to run as far as possible, results showed that students’ capacity to run was significantly less after the summer break. Despite having more time to go out and exercise, children are far more physically inactive during vacation time, choosing instead to partake in excessive snacking and activities like watching TV or playing video games.
1 in 5 parents also noted that during the holidays, their child would snack more frequently out of boredom. Compared to any other time of the year, parents let their kids consume up to five times as much sugar during summer break. Combined with the sedentary lifestyle that is all too easy to fall into, children’s BMIs were found to have significantly worsened from an average score of 17.64 to 18.26 in the span of just three months. With 1 in 3 Singaporeans at risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime, these are worrying statistics. Furthermore, a recent study by the Singapore Health Promotion Board found that 70 per cent of children who were overweight at the age of seven stayed chubby as adults.
Sign your child up for a Sports Camp!
With kids recommended to get at least sixty minutes of physical activity a day, parents should try to nurture a love for sports in their child from young. Give your child that extra ‘push’ by signing them up for our Sports Camp programmes!
Shown below is a sample of one of our holiday camp programmes. For one whole week, your child will be engaged in learning how to play different sports and interacting with new friends.
Sign your child up for sports classes!
This holiday, help your child pick up a healthy hobby by signing them up for sports classes here at Sport4Kids. Sport4Kids offers loads of sports for your child to choose from: Swimming, soccer, basketball, tennis, karate, multisports.
Sport4Kids, the leading sports coaching company in Asia, was established in Hong Kong in 2011. We provide professional, structured, and engaging sports programmes to children in international and local schools, kindergartens, sports clubs, and condos.
Our staff are highly qualified and experienced in working with children. With our knowledge and expertise, we aim to give all children the opportunity to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Currently, we operate in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia.
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Will is one of the founders of Sport4Kids (now ProActiv Sports) in Hong Kong and was the driving force behind bringing it to Singapore in 2014. Will obtained a degree in Sports Science and Health, from Dublin City University and has vast experience coaching children and adults of all level and abilities. Will is experienced at coaching in a wide variety of sports with a particular interest in Soccer, Basketball and Gaelic Football. He is also a very keen sportsman having represented Ireland in underage basketball and Gaelic Football.