Kids & Physical Activity
Health experts recommend that children get sixty minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a day; in common terms, that means any exercise that gets the heart beating fast and gets kids breathing hard. Recent studies indicate that just 1 in 4 kids in the US are achieving that level of activity daily.
Physical activity is a key component to a healthy lifestyle; most of the common causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States are linked to activity levels. Maintaining a certain level of physical activity can help prevent a range of chronic debilitating health issues like heart disease and diabetes, as well as life threatening cancer, heart attack and stroke. Along with proper eating, it can help to control weight, improve energy, work performance, and mood in everyday life. It’s versatile, cheap (or free!), and it makes a bigger difference in health outcomes than almost any other intervention.
Studies indicate that PE programs in schools largely fall short when it comes to ensuring that children are getting the exercise that they need. genHkids programming is intended to teach kids WHY it is important to Move More throughout the day and help kids develop lifelong habits of physical activity. We also use activities as a part of all of our programming, whether the goal is to help transition kids between classrooms or activities, teach them about gardening or eating healthy, or just have fun in school or outside.
Physically active children tend to be physically active adults, and a lifetime of activity can lead to better health. In addition, with children, increasing activity levels on a daily basis can bring additional benefits: being active can help improve academic performance, reduce behavioral problems, help with conflict resolution, and contribute to a positive environment in the schools, communities, and families.