One of the projects I’m about to get involved in is to help the PTO at my kids’ school organize their second annual 1-mile fun run. I ran the “race” last year with my children, and we all had a blast. I got to watch my oldest son blaze the first half in the lead, only to crash and burn on the uphill return trip (his pacing needs some work…). I also discovered that my 7-year old daughter has a competitive side I never knew about – an adult woman passed her heading toward the finish line and she bolted ahead and passed her right back!
I was recently Facebook chatting with my columnist Nate Sanel about the topic of getting kids active, and as a dad he shares a similar interest in the topic. Nate has a passion for topics relating to nutrition, and he asked me if I had ever seen Jamie Oliver’s TED talk about teaching kids about food. I hadn’t, and my wife and I watched it last night. It’s one of those videos that really makes you stop and think. I like to be active, but my diet is far from pristine. Sometimes I need a reminder that I need to set a better example for my kids, and Oliver’s video really hammers this home (my wife does an amazingly good job of making sure that we eat well, I wish I were more like her in this regard).
Anyway, I wanted to share the talk here, it’s really well done and I highly recommend that you watch it: