Schools have direct contact with more than 95% of our nation’s young people aged 5 to 17 years, for about 6 hours per day and up to 13 critical years of their social, psychological, physical, and intellectual development. Schools play an important role in promoting the health and safety of children and adolescents by helping them to establish lifelong health patterns.
FITNESS IS FOR EVERYONE
Healthy students are better learners, and academic achievement bears a lifetime of benefits for health. Schools are an ideal setting to teach and provide students with opportunities to improve their dietary and physical activity behaviors and manage their chronic health conditions (asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, food allergies, and poor oral health). When school health policies and practices are put in place, healthy students can grow to be healthy and successful adults.
Compared to students with lower grades, students with higher grades are:
More likely to
Engage in physical activity for at least 60 minutes per day on all 7 days.
Play on at least one sports team.
Less likely to
Watch television for 3 or more hours per day.
Play video games or use a computer 3 or more hours per day.
"International Sports Science"
Strength and Conditioning
IMPROVING FITNESS LEVELS
JUMPING AND PLYOMETRICS
SPORTS FITNESS PLANS
BENEFITS OF YOUTH FITNESS
Physical activity contributes to preventing and managing noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, asthma and diabetes.
Boost Your Mood
Physical activity reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety amongst children.
Increase Energy Levels
Physical activity promotes energy release to support vitality in the classroom and on the field.
Heart and Lungs
Physical activity improves blood pressure and aerobic fitness.
Physical activity helps to regulate body weight and reduce body fat to eliminate body shaming and build self esteem among peers.
Strong bones are very necessary among girls for pelvic support and among boys for intense physical activity.
Physical activity improves the attention span and memory of children due to increased blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
Physical fitness is described as “one's ability to execute daily activities with optimal performance, endurance, and strength with the management of disease, fatigue, and stress and reduced sedentary behavior.” This goes beyond being able to run quickly or lift heavy weights.
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