School provides about 30 minutes of free play time for children daily. I know that my 10 year old needs at least double that to be happy and to sleep well. If he is able to get more than that the benefits increase significantly. By being active and exercising daily, my son develops stronger muscles and bones and is less likely to become overweight.
With obesity on the rise in many states, Roger Rodriguez, physical education and health coordinator for the San Antonio Independent School District, decided to do something about it. After viewing results of Fitnessgrams, yearly assessments of weight and fitness required by Texas students in grades 3 through 12 he knew something had to be done. Jen Ohlson, of Interactive asked Rodriguez if she could
Sometimes it takes a journey to reach a goal. In this case, it really does. Joel Kirsch is a former sports psychologist for the San Francisco Giants and president of the American Sports Institute, a nonprofit educational organization that applies the principles and practices of sport culture and wellness to other kinds of challenges. Together with the Institute, they are creating the Arete School
When kids are home from school, sometimes all they want to do is eat junk food and lounge around in front of the television. The folks over at CANFIT who are firm believers in improving the health of today’s youth, have come up with a great resource for anyone in charge of children in afterschool programs. The 99 Ways Toolkit is free to download.