Physical Activity: Making the Case for Kids Moving More


Professional Article by Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

This article talks about the benefits of the regular physical activity.

Physical activity helps with weight management.

Regular physical activity is important for children for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the long-term health benefits. Physical activity also aids in maintaining a healthy weight.  In addition to long-term health benefits, children also benefit from keeping active.

Some of the additional benefits are: Decreases chance depression, helps with sleeping at night, strengthens bones and muscles, helps with maintaining a healthy weight, and active children enjoy the ability to move easily.

This article also covers the how children become more active, utilizing the outdoor environment for physical activity, and the link between physical activity and academics.


Recommended Daily Physical Activity

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends that children participate in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity five days a week. However, the Shape of the Nation Report 2010 reveals that fewer than one-third of all children ages six to 17 engage in vigorous activity defined as participating in physical activity for at least 20 minutes that made the child sweat and breathe hard for at least 20 minutes.

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