Life is hectic for most families. Parents and caregivers have work and kids have school. When you add in the elements of housework, meal making and carpooling, most of us are on overload.
But it still is important to make time and pay attention to physical activity for children, as well as parents.
Experts say physical activity is key to good health for a number of reasons:
- Activity helps reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure
- It helps children and adults control weight
- Activity contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints
- It makes you flexible
- It improves your mood
- It can provide social interaction
- It can boost energy
Even more important for students is the fact that physical fitness delivers academic bonuses as well. Researchers say physical fitness has a direct impact on school performance. It also can improve self-image and promote positive social and emotional growth, all of which make for healthier and better students. In addition, studies have shown that aerobic activity may improve memory.
The idea of making sure students get enough physical activity, as well as good nutrition, are all related to the Coordinated Youth Initiative belief that Healthy Kids Make Better Students and Better Students Make Healthy Communities.
While exercise is good for everybody, it provides a double payoff for children, because while they build a healthy base today increasing their capacity for good academic performance, children also are laying the groundwork for a healthier tomorrow.
Experts say it is important for parents to get involved and participate in their children’s activities, because children with involved parents are three times more active than children with inactive parents.