Leading experts speak out about the need
for physical activities for children:
- Most children learn by moving and doing. 85% of children
are natural kinesthetic learners.
- Play is important in early brain development.
- Movement facilitates awareness, thinking and judgment
all of which play key roles in learning.
- The general window of opportunity to build basic gross
motor skills appears to be open from the prenatal period
to around age five.
- The primary motor circuits that control posture and
coordination forge during the first two years.
- Obesity among our nation’s youth has tripled
in the last two decades. Obesity and physical inactivity
are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
- All children age 2 and older should participate in
at least 30 minutes of enjoyable,
moderate-intensity activities every day. They should also
perform at least 30 minutes of vigorous physical activities
at least 3-4 days each week to achieve and maintain a
good level of cardiorespiratory (heart and lung) fitness.
- School-age youths should participate, on most days
of the week, in 60 minutes of various moderate-to-vigorous
physical activity (MVPA).
- Helping children adopt an active lifestyle early will
have a tremendous impact on their physical, intellectual
and emotional development.
- Physical activity as a young child can promote an active
and healthy lifestyle as an adult.
- A number of studies have demonstrated that increased
physical activity is linked to better school performance.
Sources: Brain Gym®, earlychildhood.com, actionbasedlearning.com,
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE),
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics,
American Heart Association, American Alliance for Health,
Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Sep/Oct ’07
issue), The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation &
Dance (Sep ’07 issue).