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Combat Childhood Obesity through Safe Play!

Childhood obesity rates are skyrocketing! Let?s join the first lady, Michelle Obama, in her major initiative to combat this epidemic. Good nutrition is only a part of the solution, physical exercise through outdoor recreation is imperative.

A recent study found the average American between 8 and 18 years old spends an average of 7.5 hours each day in front of electronic entertainment media. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) inactivity is an energy imbalance and a major cause for overweight and obese children.

Playgrounds are designed for much more than fun, they help children develop both socially and physically. As we encourage our children to play outdoors, let?s make sure we do everything we can to ensure their safety, starting with safe playground equipment. Maintaining your existing play equipment through routine inspections to identify hazards, needed repairs and preventative maintenance will not only protect your investment but will protect our children from unnecessary accidents. The International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) states ?Playgrounds fight childhood obesity? and ?As adults, it is important to value playtime ? for ourselves and especially for our children?.

This is an excellent start to fighting an epidemic in our own backyards. For safe healthy children there is no price tag, playing outdoors is a healthy, happy solution for all of us.

We can help and we want to help. Playground safety is not only our motto it is our business!