Safe "Play Spaces" for Children and Physical Activity is Featured in an Upcoming "Leading Edge" Segment with Jimmy Johnson

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Stressing the Importance of Exercise and Safe Play Areas for Children

Obesity in school age children is a rising problem in America's society. The average child spends the majority of his or her free time indoors watching television, or on electronic devices in preference to playing outside. While most people feel safer with their children indoors, it is vital that safe play areas are found for children and teens to increase their physical exercise.

While most single parent children prefer indoor entertainment to outdoor recreation, the number children from nuclear families who prefer electronic entertainment because it is 'cool' is increasing. Fresh air and sunshine attribute to healthy growth and is a necessity for the mental wellbeing of children. Parents and guardians should explain to their children the significance of both mental and physical activity and the need for both in their lives.

Public Health Authorities, in conjunction with school representatives, are trying to encourage parents to create safe 'play havens' for children and teens. They also advise creating a play schedule to balance out time shared between homework, indoor and outdoor activities. "Leading Edge with Jimmy Johnson" hosts a series for Public Television to inform viewers on the importance of physical activity for children. The "Leading Edge" Series will also present ideas on how parents in the community can form and find safe places for kids to play outdoors.

The series is distributed to Public Television stations throughout the United States and is not distributed through PBS. Visit the website at, or contact the LE team at info(at)leadingedgeseries(dot)com.

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