Parents, teachers, and students alike want to see good grades on a report card. Adding physical activity to the school day can not only keep kids healthy, but also improve academic performance.
According to CDC, teens who receive mostly As are almost twice as likely to get the CDC-recommended daily 60 minutes of physical activity than are teens who receive mostly Ds and Fs. Schools are an ideal setting for kids to learn about the importance of physical activity, and P.E. classes are the perfect place for kids to have fun while being active and safe.
How can parents and educators incorporate physical activity into the school day? Follow a few tips to get started.
- Volunteer to teach an exercise classes. Teach age-appropriate exercise classes after school. Be sure to incorporate aerobic and muscle- and bone-strengthening exercises for those growing bodies!
- Teach the benefits of physical activity. Teachers can incorporate physical activity into lesson plans, like marching in place during a math lesson. Check out a few examples of aerobic and muscle- and bone- strengthening activities to try with your students.
- Start a walking school bus. Talk with neighbors about forming a walking school bus. A walking school bus is a group of students who walk to school together, accompanied by at least one adult. In addition, support safe walking and biking routes to school if the community does not already have them.
- Get active yourself. Research has found that nearly 80% of obese adolescents with an obese parent will become obese adults, so it is important for parents to be healthy. Go for a brisk walk or bike ride with your child, swim, take a yoga class, or simply play a game of basketball together.
Cheers to a healthy, happy, and productive school year!
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