Resolving to get more active and engage in healthy exercise in the new year isn't exclusive to adults.
As January rolls around and adults begin their annual gym memberships and diets, children also have an opportunity to take action about their health. In Louisiana, the child obesity rate is one of the highest in the country, according to the 2016-17 National Survey of Children’s Health. In the state, 19.1% of Louisiana children ages 10 to 17 are clinically obese. The national childhood obesity average is 15.8%.
For kids and families looking for opportunities to get active in Northeast Louisiana in 2022, here are a few ideas worth looking into that don't involve just going to the park:
Join the North Louisiana Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Club of North Louisiana offers an afterschool program starting up again Jan. 10. Participants in the program get a hot meal Monday through Friday and are able to partake in various activities, including physical recreation, arts and crafts and homework help, according to Chief Programming Officer Sabrina Love.
The program takes place from 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 500 Evergreen St. in West Monroe. Folks interested in the program can visit bgcofnl.org to learn more.
Love said spots will still be limited to 100 kids due to the pandemic.
Play spring recreational soccer
The Northeast Louisiana Soccer Association begins its spring season around the second week of February, giving families enough time in January to sign up.
The youth recreational league ranges from under age 4 to under age 14. Costs for the league vary between age groups. For Under-4, the cost is $50. All other age groups cost $99 to join.
The season lasts about eight weeks, and teams play six games. Practices last roughly an hour and occur about twice each week. Learn more at bit.ly/3yDlatH.
Visit The Rec at 7th Square
In West Monroe, The Rec sports center offers several activities fit for the entire family.
The Rec, which costs $2 for each person to enter, has open courts for people to play on and classes to try out. Twice a week there's a Zumba class that costs $5.
There are also recreational team sports offered for kids and adults. There is an adult softball league that opens registration in early May, and volleyball tournaments begin in the summer. Later in the year when November rolls around, kids can tryout for basketball. Learn more about monthly deals and other programming at bit.ly/30AzAhA.
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This article originally appeared on Monroe News-Star: Opportunities for Northeast Louisiana kids to get active in 2022