but those girls have left. We want them
to stay in long enough to get the benefits
You don’t have to enroll your young
girls and boys in tennis lessons or
suit them up with expensive hockey
equipment. “Get them out in a non-
KEEPING KIDS IN THE GAME
Kids are born to move, but may need some help to stay in sports. These tips
can keep them interested and active.
1. Get them moving when they’re little: Just knowing how to run, skate or
ride a bike will help your child succeed in sports.
2. Know what the sport (or sports program) offers your child.
3. Be safe: Know what you need to help keep your kids safe during an
activity. For more information visit myhealth.alberta.ca and search for
4. Be your child’s advocate: If a sport isn’t the right fit for your child, help
them find another activity that is.
5. Play along: kids are more likely to play sports when their parents play
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threatening environment with their
friends or the family to try something
new,” says Norris. Throw a Frisbee or a
football around. Try playing tag or going
for regular family bike rides.
“The important thing,” she says, “is to