Promoting Physical Activity In School


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The benefits of physical activity and how it can be incorporated into school.

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Promoting Physical Activity In School

  1. 1. Promoting Physical Activity In School
  2. 2. Physical Activity <ul><li>Physical inactivity is a serious problem here in the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>If a physically active lifestyle is adopted early in life, the chances are better that it may continue into adulthood. </li></ul><ul><li>Schools can provide environments with opportunities for learning and practicing active lifestyle behaviors. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Physical Activity?
  4. 4. Physical Activity… <ul><li>Any athletic, recreational or occupational activities that require physical skills and utilizes strength, power, endurance, speed, flexibility, range of motion or agility to increase physical fitness. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why is Physical Activity Important?
  6. 6. Physical Activity is Important <ul><li>Improves cardiovascular and respiratory functioning </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces coronary artery disease (CAD) risk </li></ul><ul><li>Increased quality of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Beneficial improvements in cardiovascular and respiratory function include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An increased ability of exercising muscles to consume oxygen, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lowered resting and exercise heart rates, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased stamina </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resistance to fatigue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More effective management of diabetes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced bone-mineral loss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decreased blood pressure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased efficiency of the heart. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. How much physical activity is recommended for children?
  8. 8. Physical Activity is good! <ul><li>According to the new 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, children and adolescents should engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How can we incorporate physical activity into school?
  10. 10. Even if physical activity requirements are declining, schools can promote physically active lifestyles. <ul><li>Provide time during the school day for quality physical activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor parent-child activity programs after school. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage and enable school personnel to be active role models by their participation in physical activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow access to facilities before and after school hours and during vacation periods. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan fitness breaks: periodic 5 minute aerobic activities to break up the school day or class. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide students and teachers with physical and social environments that encourage and enable physical activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage and enable parental involvement in physical activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule an activity break after lunch. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide extracurricular programs, e.g. walking clubs, jumping rope, in-line skating. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage teachers to provide time for unstructured physical activity during recess. </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate physical activity in other subjects such as math, science, language arts, spelling and geography. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The impact of physical activity
  12. 12. Impact <ul><li>Schools that promote physical activity may have a significant impact on reducing childhood obesity, chronic disease, and, ultimately, adult mortality. </li></ul><ul><li>As research has shown physical activity has been associated with increased academic performance, self-concept, mood, and mental health, the promotion of physical activity and exercise may also improve quality of life. </li></ul>