This month is all about getting active! We will be highlighting the role that fitness plays for children and young adults both in and outside of the classroom.
In recent decades, there has been an increased emphasis on the integration of more rigorous physical education programs across both elementary and high schools.
There are huge benefits for children and young adults who are encouraged to get active both at school and at home. Better social and motor skill development, increased school readiness skills and increased learning capacity are amongst the many benefits to getting our kids more active.
(Tandon, P. S., Tovar, A., Jayasuriya, A. T., Welker, E., Schober, D. J., Copeland, K., … Ward, D. S. (2016). The relationship between physical activity and diet and young children’s cognitive development: A systematic review. Preventive Medicine Reports, 3, 379–390. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.04.003)
It’s important to incorporate curriculums that emphasize the importance of getting active. Early childhood education can benefit from including movement and based programs as a means better engage students within the classroom (especially those students that can’t sit still for long periods of time).
So let’s get moving!