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August 2011 5 Redefining recess: Contributed by Erin Randall on


behalf of Great Play There’s no question encouraging physical fitness in children at a young age helps them build healthy habits for life. Studies show participation in regular physical activity lowers the risk of both childhood and adult obesity, reduces stress, builds self-confidence and can even raise students’ grade-point averages. It is surprising then that the United States has no official federal policy for recess, and


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ROYAL FUN: Young “kings” and “queens” have a blast at Great Play’s magic castle.


Arizona allows each school district to decide on its own. A recent law required Arizona school districts to have a public discussion


on providing daily, structured recess to young students, but most made no changes to their policies after meeting last fall. With so little institutional support, what can parents do to make sure their kids continue to stay active during the school year? Rich Iwanski, owner of Chandler’s Great Play, a franchised children’s gym that helps build confidence and competence in sports and motor skills, offers these tips for parents to help encourage exercise during after-school hours. Turn your basement


into an Interactive Arena – Founder Keith Camhi was inspired to create Great Play after building a Madison Square Garden-inspired


Redefining recess: Keep kids active through the school year Keep kids active through the school year Submitted photo


PLAYFUL: Chandler Great Play franchise owners Richard and Barbara Iwanski.


Nerf basketball arena for his sons in his basement.


“You don’t have to be tech-savvy to turn your home into a fitness hot spot,” says Iwanski. “Clear out a safe space in your home, set up speakers and make the kids feel like professional athletes as they play floor hockey or basketball, complete aerobic activities, or work up a sweat dancing around.”


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