It used to be that kids would come home from school, change into their sweats, and run back outside to play until the sun went down. But in today's world, there are hundreds of television stations, video games, and interactive Web sites that keep kids occupied for hours on end. This leaves many of today's children feeling perfectly content spending their free time sitting still. We used to talk about kids and use words like "basketballs" and "jump ropes" -- today we're just as likely to use words like "obesity," "heart disease," "high blood pressure," and "diabetes."
So how can we get our kids up and moving again? Here are five popular outdoor sports for kids and the benefits they offer today's children.