Youth sports inspire health

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, September 20, 2012

It is no secret that the U.S. is one of the most obese nations and the state of Alabama seems to be right at the top of the list of fattest states.

Health and government officials seem to constantly remind us to eat healthy and exercise and could seem like such a chore. After working, running errands, taking care of children and paying bills — working out just does not fit in our 24-hour day.

But even though we may not have time for exercise, our children surely do and the benefits of our children exercising go far beyond just physical health.

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The best way for children to exercise is through organized sports. On Saturday the Selma Recreational Department youth football leagues will start up at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. In addition soccer, basketball, volleyball and other teams are around the area for youth to participate throughout the year.

These sports leagues give our children great exercise and health, while giving them team work skills and problem solving abilities. While other children may use violence or rage, sports teach children how to communicate on and off of the field.