FREE LiveFit & LiveWell Classes During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The City of Southlake Parks and Recreation is joining in the national effort to bring attention to the dangers and health risks of children who are overweight.

Did you know one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese? Childhood obesity puts more kids at risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, but many of these conditions are preventable through lifestyle changes. In some communities the childhood obesity rate is as high as 40 percent. And the U.S. childhood obesity rates are 3X greater than they were in 1980 according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The good news is there’s hope. Families can help an overweight child get healthy by making changes in their daily food intake and joining a program to help shed the pounds and develop an active lifestyle. Mayor Laura Hill says, “Getting healthy is so much easier when the whole family does it together. I would like to encourage everyone to look over the FREE LiveFit and LiveWell classes that are being offered and find one or two that’s right for your family.”

Want to sign up your kids for Zumba? How about Family Yoga or Boot Camp? Take a look at some of the FREE classes that are offered below, register and get your whole family moving.

LiveFit Classes

Zumba for Kids is every Tuesday in September from 4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Classes feature kid-friendly, easy routines with dance steps, games, and activities that will leave your child excited for the next class. This class is for kids ages 7 – 11 years,

Family Jiu-Jitsu is on Thursday, September 14, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This class is a great one for the whole family. Kids ages 3 and up will learn some of the finer techniques of the Martial Arts.

Family Yoga is another great class for the whole family. The session is Thursday, September 16 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tell your friends and neighbors about the class and bring the family for an hour of Yoga. Remember it’s FREE and fun.

Family Boot Camp Class will be held on Thursday, September 21, from 4:30 – 5:20 p.m.

You will learn a boot camp style workout that you and your kids can do at home together. It’s a great class for ages 3 and up.

Youth Mindfulness is a class for mind and body on Thursday, September 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

This is a great class for children. Kids will learn how to use breathing, yoga, art and music, to calm their bodies and minds. Children will be encouraged to explore their emotions and how to “respond vs. react” to difficult emotions.

Top 10 Tips for a Healthier Family is a Live Well Lecture Series presented by Executive Medicine of Texas. The class will be held on Thursday, September 14, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Healthy adults start as healthy children. Children will learn what they need to do today to live a healthier tomorrow. The first 10 participants will receive a FREE signed copy of the award winning book, “Stay Young: 10 proven steps to Ultimate Health.” **No registration required for this class.

Remember, the family that plays together stays healthy together.

*All classes will be held at the Southlake Activity Center, 307 Parkwood Drive, except for the LiveWell Lecture Series which will be held at the Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive.

For more information on the classes offered please visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com or call (817) 748-8019.

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Increasing Awareness About Deadly Game

Protecting teenagers from societal dangers can be a difficult task for parents and educators. There are already many challenges to overcome such as bullying, eating disorders, alcohol and drugs, just to name a few, but now there’s a new danger in the form of an online game called the Blue Whale Challenge. The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.

No one knows for sure where the game originated but some believe it may have gotten its start in Russia and now exists in several countries. The Blue Whale Challenge is an Internet game that goads vulnerable teenagers into role playing with deadly consequences. To play the game, teenagers are given a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.

The participants are told to record all of their tasks, which include waking up at odd hours, inflicting harm on one’s body, listening to psychedelic rock music etc. The Blue Whale Challenge also involves carving out shapes on one’s skin and other forms of self-mutilation. The game reportedly can be played with an app or other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram etc.

Police Chief James Brandon says, “Parents should educate themselves about this latest threat to our children and talk to them about the dangers of playing this deadly game. Children who are vulnerable to peer pressure should be reassured that it’s okay to refuse to take part in any activity like this and if they hear the game being talked about they should immediately report it to an adult.”

If you, or a friend, or a family member are having serious thoughts of suicide, unrelated to the Blue Whale Challenge, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. A skilled, trained crisis worker will answer the call and will be able to help. Suicide is not the answer. Talk to someone.

 

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May is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month

At the Tuesday, May 2 City Council meeting, the City Council recognized May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.

Today’s society is finding more citizens involved in motorcycling on the roads of our country; and,

Whereas, motorcyclists are roughly unprotected and therefore more prone to injury or death in a crash than other vehicle drivers; and,

Whereas, campaigns have helped inform riders and motorists alike on motorcycle safety issues to reduce motorcycle related risks, injuries, and, most of all, fatalities, through a comprehensive approach to motorcycle safety; and,

Whereas, it is the responsibility of all who put themselves behind the wheel, to become aware of motorcyclists, regarding them with the same respect as any other vehicle traveling the highways of this country; and it is the responsibility of riders and motorists alike to obey all traffic laws and safety rules; and,

Whereas, we are urging all citizens of our community to become aware of the inherent danger involved in operating a motorcycle, and for riders and motorists alike to give each other the mutual respect they deserve; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2017, as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month

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New Proclamation: Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month

The month of May 2016 is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.

Today’s society is finding more citizens involved in motorcycling on the roads of our country; and,

Whereas, motorcyclists are roughly unprotected and therefore more prone to injury or death in a crash than other vehicle drivers; and,

Whereas, campaigns have helped inform riders and motorists alike on motorcycle safety issues to reduce motorcycle related risks, injuries, and, most of all, fatalities, through a comprehensive approach to motorcycle safety; and,

Whereas, it is the responsibility of all who put themselves behind the wheel, to become aware of motorcyclists, regarding them with the same respect as any other vehicle traveling the highways of this country; and it is the responsibility of riders and motorists alike to obey all traffic laws and safety rules; and,

Whereas, urging all citizens of our community to become aware of the inherent danger involved in operating a motorcycle, and for riders and motorists alike to give each other the mutual respect they deserve; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2016, as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.

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April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Southlake Police Department is reminding everyone, teens and adult drivers alike, to put their phones down while driving.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), distracted driving causes more than 100,000 traffic accidents each year in Texas. In 2015, 38% of Texas drivers admitted to talking on their cell phone while driving at least some of the time, according to a survey conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The study also found that more than one-fifth (21%) of drivers said they read or sent text messages or emails when behind the wheel.

While using a cell phone when driving is the most common offense, there are many ways in which a driver can be distracted. Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving including:

  • Posting to social media
  • Checking email
  • Eating
  • Grooming
  • Reading
  • Programming a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Teenaged drivers are most at risk. Drivers under the age of twenty make up 27% of distracted drivers in fatal crashes across the country. One quarter of teens say they have responded to text messages one or more times while driving.

Police Chief James Brandon says, “Sending or receiving texts takes your eyes off the road for approximately 4.6 seconds. That’s the equivalent of driving blind at 55 miles per hour for the entire length of a football field.”

“If it has been awhile since you’ve talked to your teens about distracted driving, now would be a good time to sit down with them again and remind them of the dangers of distracted driving. We want everyone to arrive at his or her destination safely”, adds Chief Brandon.

Drive now – talk later. The message is simple and it can save lives.

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