By Roya Burton
Holt Journal Staff Reporter
Delhi Parks and Recreation programs continues offer not only various seasonal sports and activities to children of all skill levels, but opportunities for children of different household incomes.
Recreation Coordinator Tim Tilma knows just how important it is for any child to be able to participate in local recreation programs.
“We welcome children and families of all incomes a waived fee. We want everyone to get the opportunity to get out there and experience different sports and activities; the affordable prices benefit everyone,” said Tilma. The recreational fee is just $25 per child, however families with multiple children or families who may not be able to afford it, the fee is waived.
While in the age of iPads and iPhones, parks and recreation programs are more crucial than ever. According to The State of Obesity 14.7 percent of 10- to 17-year-olds and 13.2 percent of two- to four-year-olds from low-income families are obese in the state of Michigan.
“We really just need to get young kids involved, even its 30 minutes a day of exercise they need to break a sweat. They’ll always remember how much fun it was and every child should have the opportunity to be a part of it,” he said.
Silvana Good, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at California Lutheran University, said poor psychological effects can happen to a child growing up in a low-income family with little exposure to extracurricular activities.
“Growing up in a poor situation can give a child lot of stressors. Recreational activities promote social interaction, wellness, but also building trust with people who could potentially play a role that might not be present in that child’s life,” she said.
Low-income families and minority families are at higher risk of childhood obesity.
“Sports have always been a great outlet for emotions, it’s about turning your energy to something that is productive not destructive,” said Good.