By DAVID DEATON
Well, Christmas break starts on Monday and though I am ready for a break, I hate the idea of being away from the kids for two weeks. I like seeing the smiles, feeling the hugs and the having the photo opportunities. Needless to say the kids who attend the Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County are my reason for going to work every day.
Last year, I had a heart attack over the Christmas break. I don’t want a repeat of that this year, so eating right and moderate exercise has been the key to being a little healthier. (Well, that and medication.)
It is my hope that the kids will stay active over the Christmas break as well. We as families need to do our part to keep kids active.
If your family is anything like mine during the Christmas break, there is probably a lot of sitting around and lots of eating. Let’s face it, we all love to eat and though opening present does require using some energy, most of us are probably not going to exercise much.
So I want to give each family in LeFlore County a challenge. For the rest of 2011 let’s gather around the living room and do some weight-pumping workouts to holiday tunes.
It might be kind of fun, and whether it is cold outside or not, a little movement certainly cannot hurt.
Put in a Christmas CD or some sort of musical device and wave the arms and move the legs. Try doing or learning some old dances from times gone by like the “Twist” or the “Pony.”
Pretend you’re on “Dancing with the Stars.” If you have a Wii or an Xbox Kinect, try as a family to gather together and enjoy not only time with the family, but do heart pumping movement as well.
Depending on the room to move in your living room, maybe try jumping jacks, cartwheels or hand stands. The important thing is to move.
For more added family time and to help break up the boredom that most kids feel when they are out of school try turning off the television, the computers, put away the cell phone and just turn on some music and move.
Some great things might just happen.
Speaking of great things. It is almost time for a New Year and this brings on new challenges and goals. The BGCLC is always looking for new and exciting things to do with the kids, so anyone who has ideas, please contact us. We could always use volunteers and we definitely need your support.
In February, the BGCLC board is hosting our 2nd Annual Valentine dinner.
So, if you are still looking to find a gift for someone for Christmas, why not give them a gift that will help the kids in the county as well.
“Affair of the Heart” is sure to be a night of fun with dinner, dancing and a live auction.
Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the BGCLC office, the Poteau Chamber of Commerce, The Community State Bank, First National Bank of Heavener as well as from any BGCLC board member.
This would make a great Christmas present for that someone who has everything. The event is going to be held at the Reynolds Community Center in Poteau, on Feb. 11. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will start at 7 p.m. Corporate tables are also available. Come and support our biggest fund raiser of the year. It should be quite fun.
To find out more about the BGCLC contact our office at (918) 647-7136 and remember to check us out on facebook and our website at www.thebgclc.org