Establishing physical activity habits in young children is critical to building a foundation for an active lifestyle in the adolescent and adult years.
While physical activity promotes healthy weight, just as important, physical activity stimulates the brain and can improve brain function, academic performance, help children sleep better and handle physical and emotional challenges. It is important to consider how much activity a child gets both in the school and the home environment combined to ensure he gets the right amount.
Teachers and parents need to be positive role models and participate with their children. Be sure to include all children regardless of age, ability, size or weight status. Make physical activity a positive experience and never use it as punishment or withhold it from a child for disciplinary reasons. It’s not only a good idea, in most states, it’s the law.