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6 March 2012 Keep ‘em active during spring break by Brian Hugins of i9 Sports School will soon be out for spring break,


which means some kids will be camping out on the couch or glued to their cell phones, texting and tweeting. With more than a third of American children overweight, what can parents do to get kids moving and active over the upcoming spring vacation? “The trick is to make it fun,” says Brian


Sanders, COO of i9 Sports, the nation’s fastest growing youth sports franchise with local leagues in the SanTan Sun area. “You can sneak exercise into spring break activities, and it won’t feel like hard work. ... Parents have a responsibility to get off the couch themselves, explore fun activities and engage with their children.”


10 ways to get them moving While on vacation, play with children and


join the fun. Bring a football, basketball or even a hula hoop. While watching TV, have a contest of who


can come up with the most fun exercise during commercial breaks. Create a spring break tradition such as a trip


to the woods, a visit to a skating rink – replace sedentary habits with more active ones. Encourage the use of active toys for kids like


jump ropes, Twister or even a movement-based video gaming system like Xbox Kinect or Wii Sports. Create your own Spring Olympics with


friends and neighbors. Kids who don’t want to participate can help judge. Walk the neighborhood or area parks to


check out spring gardens, bird watch or identify insects. Take the dogs for daily walks. Visit indoor jump houses, trampoline


houses and indoor playgrounds that have open play for kids. Have a closet cleaning competition to see


who can clean out the most stuff and unload it at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Bake and hand deliver cookies to the


neighbors. To keep kids active over spring break, i9


Sports, a new concept in youth sports that’s sweeping the sidelines of the nation, has indoor sports camps such as indoor soccer, football, baseball and basketball. Local families who pre- fer not to engage in do-or-die competitiveness can get more information about the local i9 Sports by contacting Grant Gunkel or Kim Olsen at 480-664-4039 or kolsen@i9sports.com, or visit www.i9sports.com.


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ACTIVE FUN: Soccer is one of the many games i9 Sports offers to SanTan Sun area youth. Submitted photo


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