Get Those Kids MOVING!
YOUR CHILD PLAYS SPORTS
That’s good enough, right? Apparently not according to a recent sturdy. This article from U.S. News today was discouraging and encouraging all at the same time. It was discouraging because a recent study shows that the vast majority of children aren’t getting the recommended daily dose of movement (60 minutes per day, according to the government) despite the fact that they are playing organized sports. The encouraging part was that the reader is given suggestions as how to best get your kids moving. Rather than relying on P.E. class and organized sports, parents can (and should) take an active role in their kids’ overall health and wellness.
THE RESULTS ARE IN
The study claims that only 25% of those involved in sports actually get the recommended 60 minutes of activity. Some athletes spent 30 minutes of a given practice standing still! That’s not good when you consider that for the vast majority of kids, that is their daily dose of movement. As the author states:
Kids really need that hour of daily activity; there’s abundant evidence showing that children do better academically when they have gym or other physical activity every day. And given that 16 percent of children are obese, and 31 percent are overweight, every extra minute of exercise reduces the risk of health problems that come with being overweight or obese.
Obviously, there are immediate physical benefits of moving, but I believe too many folks miss out on the academic benefits associated with exercise. If you don’t believe me, read “Spark“.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
One of the reasons this hits so close to home for me is because of The Egoscue Foundation‘s “Patch Project Initiative.” If you want your kids active again, get them on The Patch. If you want to help get a Patch donated to your child’s school or to another non-profit group check out our Birdies for Children campaign. There’s still time to donate to The Egoscue Foundation, and while you’re at it, you could win a new car!
Does your child’s school have P.E.? Do you wish your child was moving more throughout their day? What kinds of things do you do to encourage movement?