International day of play

Play or no play?

International day of play

By Published On: June 7th, 2024

Imagine holding two bottles of pills, one in each hand.

One is labelled PLAY, and the other is labelled NO PLAY.

The PLAY bottle holds a cure-all capsule that will help you feel happier and younger, keep your memory sharp, improve your sleep, strengthen your heart and muscles, preserve your mobility, not to mention stave off a host of diseases.

The NO PLAY pills increase depression, wreck your hormone levels and sleep patterns, weaken your heart and muscles, reduce your mobility, and attract disease like a moth to a flame.

You can only take one pill. Which do you choose?

Put in these terms, the choice seems pretty clear, doesn’t it?

While there is no one magic pill, there is a simple choice you can make that will significantly improve your life and help you thrive.

Let’s play

You just read the opening I wrote for my book (page 3).

I could never have imagined all the places the play journey has taken me as a behaviour change coach, forming new connections to global communities and the opportunity to lead RED January in Canada.

And how incredible that June 11th, 2024, is being observed internationally as the first-ever International Day of Play. 

International Day of Play marks a significant milestone in our collective efforts to preserve, promote, and prioritize playing. It’s about ensuring that all people, especially our children, can reap the rewards and thrive to their full potential.

One of the key messages from the children and young people of the International Day of Play Network?

“97% of us believe play is important, yet one in three do not have the time to play.”

Now, more than ever, we can all change this through awareness, inclusivity and taking action.

Pick an activity you love, call a friend or two to join you, and share the love of play with your friends, family and community.

You don’t need to wait for International Day of Play.

No matter what your age, make time to add play to your everyday life by putting play back on your agenda. It’s the ultimate form of self-care.

Play or no play, the choice is up to you.

Play on!

Your friend and coach,

Jan xo

PS: Whenever you are ready, here are 3 more ways I can help you PLAY for life:

  1. Click here to grab a copy of my best-selling book, The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health.
  2. Join the FREE 7-Days of Healthy Habits Course that can help you starting today.
  3. Do you want to work with me on your wellness goals? Click here to book a call and discover exactly what that can look like.

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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