As youth development practitioners, we often focus on the needs of individual youth.
However, research shows that considering the individual without considering
the larger family and community system provides an incomplete picture of what
must be done to achieve positive change.
Cox, M. J., & Paley, B. (1997). Families as systems. Annual Review of
Psychology, 48(1), 243-267. doi:10.1146/annurev.psych.48.1.243
As a parent, you want to make sure that your child has the best opportunity for success. One way
to accomplish that goal is by fighting obesity through activity. Research shows that overweight
kids become overweight adults. With obesity on the rise, make sure that you are providing your
kids with solid opportunities for activity.