Head Injuries

Some very good information about Head Injuries from our friend Emma at First Aid for Life

Babies and children often bang their heads. This is partly because their heads are disproportionately large but also because they tend not to look where they’re going, are oblivious to risk and are therefore unaware of danger around them.

Head injuries can be frightening. It can be difficult to assess how seriously a child is hurt and what you should do about it. Fortunately, most head injuries are superficial and only involve the scalp. This can be alarming as the head and face are extremely vascular and therefore often bleed profusely, but is rarely life-threatening. A severe blow to the head or repeated injury, however, can cause damage to the brain and it is signs of this that people need to watch out for.

What to look for following a head injury

Call 999 or 112 if a baby or child is injured and they lose consciousness, even momentarily.

Also call 999/112 if they:

• won’t stop crying
• have head/neck pain
• are unable to walk normally

If the child has not lost consciousness, is alert and behaving normally after the head injury:

• Reassure the child and remain calm.
• Control any bleeding with direct pressure using a clean, non-fluffy
cloth.
• Apply a wrapped ice pack or instant cold pack to the injured area for
10 minutes (this will reduce bruising but has no effect on the severity
of any internal head injury).
• Observe the child carefully for the next 24 hours. If you notice any
worrying signs (see below), get medical help immediately.
• If the incident has occurred close to bedtime or naptime and your
child falls asleep soon afterwards, check in continually to look for
anything unusual.

Worrying signs

• Twitching limbs
• Disturbances in colour
• Disturbance of breathing.

It’s fine for your child to go to sleep, don’t confuse falling asleep with losing consciousness!

 

First Aid for Life and onlinefirstaid.com provide this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made or actions taken based on this information. The best way to be prepared for action in an emergency is to attend a practical first aid course or do one online.

Please contact emma@firstaidforlife.org.uk , visit our website www.firstaidforlife.org.uk or call us on 02086754036.

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Coping with Children’s School Phobia

sue_atkinsRead this insightful article by our lovely colleague and parenting expert Sue Atkins.

Many children at some time in their school career find going to school a challenge and may feel anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed.

School phobia (known to may professionals who work with children as school refusal), is a complex and extreme form of anxiety about going to school (but strangely may not be attached to the school itself as the name suggests)

It can be brought on by a bad experience, either with a teacher or with other children or can be related to a “traumatic” experience like being bullied, asked to stand up and read in class, or made to speak or sing at assembly, or when someone has laughed at them for a mistake.

The most common symptoms include stomach aches, nausea, fatigue, shaking, a racing heart and frequent trips to the toilet.

Young children up to the age of 8, that suffer school phobia experience separation anxiety and find it really difficult to be parted from their parent or main carer.

In older children, social phobia can manifest itself in anxiety about their performance in regular school activities such as during games, or drama or in tests and exams.

Children with anxieties about going to school may suffer a panic attack if they are forced to go and it can start off a vicious circle which then makes them fear having another panic attack and there is an increasing spiral of worry with which parents often don’t know how to deal.

How Does School Phobia Start?

Going to school for the first time can be a period of great anxiety for very young children. Many will be separated from their parents for the first time or will be separated all day for the first time.

This sudden change can make them feel very anxious and they may suffer from a feeling of separation anxiety.

Children, who have never been to a nursery or playgroup, are probably unused to having their entire day organised for them and they may be very tired by the end of the day. This causes them to feel further stress and makes them feel very vulnerable and tearful with a sense of overwhelm and they may build up an aversion to going to school.

For older children who are not new to the school, who have had a long summer holiday or have had time off because of illness, returning to school can be quite a traumatic experience. They may no longer feel at home there. Their friendships might have changed. Their teacher and classroom might have changed. They may have got used to being at home and closely cared for by their parents, so they suddenly feel insecure when all this attention and support is removed and they find themselves back in the hurly-burly of school life again.

Other children may have felt unwell on the school bus or in school and associate these places with further illness and symptoms of panic, and so they want to avoid them in order to avoid the panicky symptoms and panic attacks fearing, for example, that they may vomit, faint or have diarrhoea again.

The “traumatic” or negative experience has been anchored in their mind as a bad experience so every time they find themselves back in that situation it brings back all the bad negative memories and they panic.

A negative anchor or a negative association has been made and an “anchor” is when your mood changes in response to some trigger or stimulus and your unconscious registers it every time you see it, hear it or feel it (which is a bit like going to the fridge to get a snack after seeing an advert on the tv or like jumping up at a party when your favourite song comes on that reminds you of going to college, someone’s birthday or a romance that’s become “our song”!)

Here are the most common possible triggers for school phobia:

1. Being bullied.

2. Starting school for the first time.

3. Moving to a new area and having to start at a new school and make new friends or just changing schools.

4. Being off school for a long time through illness or because of a holiday.

5. Bereavement (of a person or pet).

6. Feeling threatened by the arrival of a new baby.

7. Having a traumatic experience such as being abused, being raped, having witnessed a tragic event.

8. Problems at home such as a member of the family being very ill.

9. Problem’s at home such as marital rows, separation and divorce.

10. Violence in the home or any kind of abuse; of the child or of another parent.

11. Not having good friends (or any friends at all).

12. Being unpopular, being chosen last for teams and feeling a physical failure (in games and gymnastics).

13. Feeling an academic failure.

14. Fearing panic attacks when travelling to school or while in school.

Some children have a particular susceptibility to school phobia because of a medical condition such as Asperger Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Children with Asperger Syndrome need to be dealt with differently to children without the syndrome as, for example, teaching them relaxation techniques can actually make them more anxious.

How to Help:

The longer school phobia goes on, the harder it is to treat so referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are usually quite quick to ‘nip it in the bud’. However, if your child is severely affected, it is better to ask for a referral (from your child’s doctor or head teacher) to the service before you are desperate as it is often overstretched: in reality, it can take some time to get an appointment.

Things you can do yourself as a parent include getting help from your child’s school. Teachers need to be aware there is a problem. Sometimes being taught in a special unit in school, if the school has one, may help your child feel more secure as it is a cosier place and acts as a half-way point between home and school.

Some children are so severely affected that they stop going to school altogether. It should be made quite clear to your child’s teachers that they are not ‘playing up’ but that their anxiety is very real and they are suffering from it.

I always advise the parents that I work with to step back and imagine a camcorder is sitting on their shoulder noticing how they react to their child and the circumstances as often the child has picked up their parents anxiety and reacts to that too, making things much worse.

At home, life should continue as normal with all your normal routines and activities. In fact, that can really help calm things down. But you might find that your child wants to stop going out, especially without you, even to parties that they were quite happy being left at before.

Although you need to deal sensitively with this, it’s best to help your child through this transition by going by going with them for part (or all) of the time so that their world does not shrink altogether while they build back their confidence.

It is also helpful to:

• Reassure your child. Keep a diary of the triggers and what is the main thing that brings on the feelings of anxiety so you can be aware of them.

• Explain that their fears are brought on by thoughts that are not completely true thoughts so you create doubt in what they are thinking so you can turn down those scary voices. I often get the child to imagine they have a remote control button and can “turn down” the nasty, scary voices in their heads so they can’t hear them so loudly. Then we make the scary voices sound like Donald Duck – really silly and daft so they start to laugh at the scary voices– knocking out the hold those scary voices have over them.

• I also do a technique called the Circle of Confidence where the child imagines a lovely bright circle in front of them. They choose a colour which represents confidence to them and as they step into the circle the colour starts to spin all the way up and down through their body from the top of their head to the tip of the toes spinning faster and faster, giving them the feelings of confidence throughout their whole body.

I also use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to “tap” away their phobia which I have found to be the quickest way to alleviate school phobia and anxiety. For more information on EFT go to my Positive Parents Club to download my free ebook called “EFT Questions and Answers”

• Keep to the same routines as it builds confidence, predictability and security.

• Learn to relax yourself and find simple ways for your child to relax and make life predictable for your child so that they have less to be anxious about. (No sudden surprise trips out !)

• Deliberately look for things that your child can look forward to each day to keep them in a positive and upbeat mindset and don’t encourage lots of negative thinking and language to creep in that brings their confidence down.

• Encourage your child to find small and specific things that they can enjoy during the school day as it gives them hope and confidence and a new more positive attitude and mindset.

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Christmas Stress

Read this insightful article about the upcoming festive season by our lovely colleague and parenting expert, Sue Atkins.

 

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Festive stress

Christmas, although a time of great joy and celebration, can also be the most stressful of times for even the best of parents, with the family home chaotic and often besieged by visitors. Throw into the mix over-excited children who have weeks to sit around at home and the situation can quickly spiral out of control.

Keeping your children calm and entertained will be the key to helping keep the peace and getting through the Christmas holiday period with as few hiccups as possible. But before you begin to think about your children make sure you give yourself some time each day to relax and unwind.

It is important with so much going on around you that you make time for yourself, keep your energy levels up and remain positive in order to keep on top of everything – successful parents will look after themselves as well as their kids, setting an example of behaviour that their children can look up to and imitate.

Top tips

Here are a few practical tips to help you and your children have the happiest Christmas ever:

• Make time for both you and your kids: – provide times of the day where you will be together and uninterrupted (don’t even answer the phone!). Similarly, make sure that at least once a week you give yourself enough time to do things you want without distractions.

• Organise group and family activities to keep your children as active as possible, such as making Christmas cards, decorations or wrapping presents.

• Homework: – provide your children with some options as to when they should do their homework. If possible try to get them to complete this early in the holidays as the later they leave it the less motivated they will be.

• Give your children a sense of routine, keeping to weekly events. You could also provide them with some added responsibilities such as some regular housework. They could then complete this in return for being allowed to watch the TV for a little while extra etc. This will give you a little respite and reminds your children that holidays are not simply an excuse to do nothing at all.

• When disputes break out between siblings try to remain calm as this helps to prevent their squabbles escalating. Take them both to one side and explain the behaviour that you do want to see very clearly and specifically. Focus on the positive things you see and hear and give praise when your child does something you want to see – no matter how small this may be.

• Find some good quality ‘me’ time where you go and relax in a hot foamy bath with aromatherapy candles, or sit down and read a gossipy magazine or good book. Take time for you to re-charge your batteries so you come back refreshed and relaxed ready to start a new day.

• Write a ‘to do’ list and then put people’s names, including your children’s names, next to that job. Learning to delegate teaches everyone responsibility and it takes away your sense of feeling overwhelmed, keeping the spring in your step at a busy time of year.
Coping with festive stress

Bringing up children isn’t always easy. Many challenges, frustrations, and changes are involved in raising happy, confident, well-balanced children – tomorrow’s adults.

Eliminating stress takes time. You just have to experiment with lots of different ways until you find something that works for you or a combination of methods that suits you – acupuncture, aromatherapy massage, working out, having a candlelit bath, watching TV, enjoying a cup of herbal tea, or chatting with a friend are just some ways to help you feel in control of your life.

Stress management has now become a routine part of large businesses as they have realised that handling stress positively increases efficiency and well-being. So start this week to take notice of where you are becoming overwhelmed or feeling stressed and write down the things that make you feel out of control and anxious. This will help you to notice a pattern and will help you to make some small changes that will make a big difference in your life.

Overwhelmed and stressed are two words many parents use to describe their situations when they come to me for coaching and although feeling slightly stressed is often described as normal, you must tackle your parenting challenges head on if you want to feel generally more in control of your life- don’t let stress take control of you.

Take some time here to think of the benefits that taking control of your stress will give you and write them all down as this gives you clarity and motivation to make a positive change. Remember that stress drains your energy and always has a huge negative impact on you and your family. If you run on empty for too long, you run out – your family needs you to be energised, upbeat and happy.

Start to manage your stress by taking energy breaks and making dates with yourself. Write down a list of all the little things you can do to replenish your batteries, put back a spring in your step, which makes your eyes shine and has you singing in the shower again! Is it enjoying a cup of green tea, sitting down quietly for 15 minutes in the kitchen, or taking a long, hot bath?

Just become more aware of taking time out for yourself each day, each week and each month. And make a promise to yourself to do these little things on a regular basis. Put some dates in your diary so you get into the habit of making these treats an everyday occurrence.

And finally…

A simple physical change you can make is to just start smiling. This may sound crazy, but merely smiling actually sends a message to your brain that makes you feel better straight away as it releases endorphins which make you feel good. Try it for yourself and see the difference!

So the next time you feel everything is getting on top of you don’t panic or get angry, simply start by pressing your own internal pause button, taking three deep slow breaths in and out and feel yourself getting grounded and centred. And remember to be patient with yourself, learning new ways to cope and breaking old habits takes time.

Always keep the big picture in mind, parenting is not always easy but the rewards and happiness you get in the long run always make it all worthwhile and remember you are creating the memories that last a lifetime.

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Fussy Eaters & How To Keep Your Sanity!

Read this insightful article by our lovely colleague and parenting expert Sue Atkins.

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If you suddenly have a fussy eater on your hands – you’re not alone!

Lots of parents go through the same thing with their children as faddy eating is often a phase that young children go through to explore their independence, test you out and to get some of your attention (no matter how bad it is!)

Children like things to be familiar, as it helps them relax and feel safe so whether it’s their bedtime routine or their cheese sandwich, many children won’t try new foods until they’ve been exposed to them several times. So just bear that in mind when you are offering some new foods to your toddler as it helps you relax!

Toddlers pick up on your vibes all the time so if you suddenly become anxious around food time and start to tense up around the table – guess what… your child does too and frustrating though it is, staying calm, centred, positive and relaxed is often all it takes to go with the flow of this phase and survive it!

Many parents I coach worry that their children are not getting the nutrients they need to thrive and stay healthy, and they react by putting a lot of pressure on their toddler to eat more, eat less, or eat the right kinds of food but this approach often makes the problem worse by creating power struggles between you and your little one.

So make up your mind to change this pattern straight away and to start to look at the bigger picture to what you want to teach your toddler about food long term and for a healthy life.

Ask yourself:

What do I want my child to feel around food when they are a teenager?

– How can I empower my toddler and celebrate their striving for independence around food?

– How can I relax and teach them to have a lifetime of good health and a healthy relationship with food by only offering two healthy choices from now on and relaxing if they don’t eat much at each meal?

– How can I eliminate coaxing, bribing, and disguising food as a way to “trick” my little one into healthy habits as this only reinforces an unhealthy relationship with food?

– How can I take the battle out of meal times and make food more fun?

Weekly Overview

Start to notice how much food your child normally needs to remain healthy as this is the key to ending the battles around meal time. Think of their food intake over a week rather than a day as it is probably better than you think.

Once you understand the portion sizes your child needs to thrive, you can offer nourishing snacks and feel relaxed knowing that your toddler is meeting his or her nutritional requirements that’s right for them. It will stop you comparing and worrying what other kids are doing which frees you up to trust your child’s natural rhythm and food patterns!

The good news is that once you’ve embraced this mindset and this simple strategy, your child will love their newfound sense of responsibility, which will take the stress out of meal times and end the food fight forever, well it will certainly reduce the battles

Here are some practical tips to help you keep your sanity and get your child’s diet back on track.

– Provide a variety of healthy food for your child to eat at each meal.
– Keep in mind that it takes multiple exposures to a new food for a child to see it as familiar and OK to try. – In fact, it takes 11 times for your child to have a food sometimes before they will have a go……
– So, be patient. When you do offer a new food, simply place it on the dinner table with everything else, and don’t make a big fuss about it. Eventually, after your little one has seen the family eating the food a few times, they will feel more open to trying it themselves.

Relax at mealtimes.Notice your language around meal time – if you say, “It’s dinnertime. What do you want to eat?” your child will probably choose something familiar to them and you are handing them all the power so try saying , ‘Here’s dinner’ and just smile and relax.

When introducing new foods, offer just one or two, and present them in small quantities

Just give your toddler a taste before putting a whole serving on their plate so they don’t feel overwhelmed – and it won’t seem like a waste of food to you.

Whenever possible, let your child be involved in some food decisions. Limited choices are great for fussy eaters as this gives them a sense of control over their diet and they’ll be far more likely to eat something that they’ve chosen for themselves . (This works best if you let your child choose from a small selection of healthy foods you’ve already picked out!)

So have fun taking your toddler shopping or making their lunch.

As your child’s world expands and they begin to go to a playgroup or nursery, their taste in foods often broadens as well. They see other children eating new and exciting different things and this is often enough to inspire them to eat new things, too.

Remember some children’s palates are more sensitive than others.

They simply won’t like the texture, colour, or taste of some foods. This is why a child will often claim to dislike a food they have never even tried.

Likewise, some children may have an aversion to a food because it reminds them of a time when they were sick or has some other negative association.

If your child complains that a particular food will make him ill, stop offering that food for a while. You can always try again when your child is a little older.

Get the fork to talk and make food time fun. Get the fork to talk and say “Hello, can I help your lunch go in your tummy please?” Or play aeroplanes with it zooming in the food with all the full on noises of a plane landing at Gatwick!

Have tea or a meal with another child who is a good eater and don’t criticise your child but be amazed and delighted by the other child “Wow X you are such a good eater.”

Sing some fun songs as you sit at the table or play their favourite music as it relaxes you all and makes meal time enjoyable.

 

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Get teddy to join in – one for teddy – one for you.

If mealtimes are becoming a misery or a battleground then change where you eat. Have tea in a tent or at a small table with tiny chairs with all their toys coming along too or have a car picnic – get creative and change the atmosphere.

-Add new things S-L-O-W-L-Y. Take a basic food that they love like bread, and add new things to it bit by bit.

– Try bread with some cheese then bread with scrambled eggs or bread with a boiled egg and soldiers, or bread with ham or jam – have fun experimenting – it takes the pressure off.

– Chop things up really small as little fingers love exploring and don’t feel overwhelmed by large amounts.

– Hiding goodness in sauces. Putting healthy vegetables into sauces often works a treat too.
– Leave a fruit bowl full of colourful fruit in a place where hungry children can help themselves (and deliberately hide the biscuits away).

Change your meal times to later so your child is hungrier.

Keep off the snacks and sweets in between meals.

– Play shops, restaurants and cafes with your toddler and get them helping to prepare the food – washing fruit or vegetables, mixing, kneading, carrying unbreakables and then let them taste testing what they have made.

– Make mealtime a family time where you all sit-down, chat, share, laugh and relax together and your toddler will relax too and enjoy the sociability of the family spending time eating together.

– Remember no child can like everything and we are all different.

– Remember children who are ill go off their food so offer plenty to drink and take them to the doctor if you are worried.

– Remember if your little one is worried about anything like going to a new playgroup or having a new childminder, they may go off their food.

Your child has an innate sense of how much food their body needs to grow and be healthy, so the best thing you can do is to provide a wide variety of healthy foods in a positive, relaxed environment so that mealtimes will be enjoyable for everyone involved.

Keep in touch with your health visitor if you’re concerned, but don’t pass on your fears to your child. If you’re constantly hovering over them at mealtime, nagging cajoling, and worrying about what they are eating, they are likely to become even more resistant to eating.

Just continue to offer a variety of healthy foods without making a big fuss, and trust your child to eat what they need.

Food Diary

I have created a “Food Diary” to help you relax as you keep a record of the food your child is eating over the course of a whole week!

This daily diary will help you to plan your child’s diet, ensuring that they get just the right amount of proteins, vitamins, and carbohydrates that are so important.

Why not download my free “Food Diary”

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Amanda’s Top Tips For Fighting Childhood Obesity

Last week, Ofcom published a report showing alarming statistics regarding the time pre-schoolers and school aged children spend online. These are truly frightening statistics showing that time spend on tablets and online  is ever increasing.

 

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  • Three- and four-year-olds are online for an average of 71 minutes per day, or eight hours, 18 minutes a week – an hour and a half more than a year ago.
  • The research found that a third of pre-school age children own their own media device, such as a tablet or games console.

We, at Amanda’s Action Club do everything we can to get children active from a very young age. Our tops tips for fighting childhood obesity have been published in The Mirror this week.

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Happy World Nursery Rhyme Week

It’s time to celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week everyone!

We love nursery rhymes here at Amanda’s Action Club. Every day in our classes we sing nursery rhymes. We have lots of fun putting our own little modern twist on them with cool music tunes and educational props and lots of physical activity!

What is your favourite nursery rhyme, why don’t you tell us on our Facebook page?

Here’s a sneak peak at Amanda in action:

Have lots of fun! Just because the weather is rainy, we keep active every day in our classes through music and fitness!

Love Amanda and team

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World Heart Day – 29th September 2016

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Today we are marking World Heart Day!

The numbers….

  • Globally over 17.3 million deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease
    (CVD) each year. I am sure we all agree that this is truly staggering.
  • Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer; most heart
    disease deaths are caused by a heart attack.
  • Coronary heart disease kills more than twice as many women as breast
    cancer.

Physical inactivity can contribute to heart disease as it can lead future health problems. World Heart Day highlights how we can take control of our heart health by getting more active. The World Health Organization recommends that children aged 5-17 years of age should aim for at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity a day.

Our top tips for good heart health:

  • Be active with your children by walking or cycling to school together.
  • Walking to school instead of getting in the car. Even doing the
    housework is a great way to keep the heart pumping.
  • Go to the park to run or visit the playground.
  • Take the stairs rather than the lift.
  • Get an activity app on your phone and monitor how many paces you
    are walking or download an exercise you like doing.Put the radio on and dance around the living room. Why not we do it all the time – inside or outside, we’re doing mini workouts!

 

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Fun heart facts

  • Your heart is one of the most important organs in the human body.
  • On average did you know your heart beats 100,000 times every day!
  • Your heart has the mighty job of keeping blood flowing through the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that feed your organs and tissues.
  • Your heart sends 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body.

We want you all to look after yourselves! It’s never to late to start to make a change in your lifestyle.

Amanda

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Welcome Back!

Autumn? Sunny days all round…

We’ve been running our classes during the summer so we’ve never been away!

Some of you are returning from your holidays and are back and rearing to go!

It looks like our classes can continue outside with this good weather – long may it continue.

The easiest way to book our classes are online. You can save money on classes with the various options:

• 5 class flexi pass for siblings is £90
• A term booking is £8.50 per session

Other ways to book:

• Pay as you go £12 (cash only) to the instructor on arrival
• Pay as you go for siblings is £22.
• 5 class flexi pass £50 (cash only) to instructor on arrival or contact office for bank transfer details. This pass can be used at any of our classes and does not expire.

 

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Party Time!

It’s never too early to plan a party!

We have a variety of party packages available and can tailor each party to individual needs. From one hour to two hours or more, a memorable time is guaranteed for all!

Our children’s parties are unique, high energy and full of funky music, interactive props and active games. We dance, we sing and your children will get a fantastic mini-workout whilst having lots of fun.

For more information, please contact us on 01895 623999 or by email: info@amandasactionclub. co.uk.

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New: Amanda’s Action Club in Ealing

We’re VERY happy to announce that we’re launching classes in Ealing. We’ve teamed up with the amazing local experts Pitter Patter Hub.

We start on Wednesday 28th September at 3.45pm to 4.30pm at the spacious venue The Forester.

Book here to reserve a place or pay as you go.

25 Year Anniversary Celebrations

We’re rather excited to be celebrating our 25th anniversary at Chiswick Town Hall next week on Friday 23rd September.

If you are a nursery or children’s centre manager, we would be delighted if you were able to attend. We will be showcasing our classes and new children’s wear range and lots more!

Please email me for further information: info@amandasactionclub.co.uk.

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See you all soon!

Amanda’s Action Club Team

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THE LOST BOYS

With the publication today of a Save The Children Report about boys, it has been found that a quarter of boys are falling behind by the time they start in reception, their first year at primary school.

It is so important for teachers to make learning fun for children. Boys also need more physical activity and outdoor play to expel their energy – this in turn can help their concentration.

Learning must be about having fun and in the reception year, play is a crucial component of this. For example, children enjoy using their imagination and role play their favourite super heroes. Play will help with speech development and communication.

 

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At Amanda’s Action Club, we continue to engage boys and girls as early as possible. With us, they learn to listen, play and do lots of physical activity to help their development in readiness for school.

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National Childhood Obesity Week – fighting obesity here and now!

The numbers….

• Almost 3 in 4 adults will be obese by 2035 – a frightening statistic to think that the children of today are very likely to be very overweight as adults.

• Over the next 20 years an additional 670,000 people will get some form of cancer because of being overweight and/or obese.

• A 2014 survey of children aged 2-15 showed that 14% were classified as overweight and an additional 17% were obese.

• Obesity reduces life expectancy by an average of three years, or eight to ten years in the case of severe obesity (BMI over 40).

These statistics are very disturbing. We must try and help stop some of these predictions coming true. We have to act now!

A for Active!

We must keep our children active – we can do very simple things to make this happen:

• Walk to school
• Ride a bike
• Kick a ball in the park
• Run around in the fresh air
• Go to the playground
• Take part in a sport at school and in free time
• Dance around the living room

Our children can have better lifestyles if we make some small changes. This means, getting more active and eating more healthily. Keeping energetic and eating a balanced diet will be an effective combination in keeping us in good health.

At Amanda’s Action Club, we love being active from the moment we wake up!
We help you and your little ones as young as 4 months to jiggle and get excited about moving their arms and legs to music, song and laughter.

It is essential that we continue to support our children and young people in getting fitter outdoors and indoors – we can all do it! Simple things are a great start and this can take place even in the confines of our own living rooms. So here’s how you can start, dance around to Amanda’s Warm Up Song:

 

Let’s help the next generation keep fit and stay healthy!

Amanda and team

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