CHILDREN DON'T GET ENOUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Fewer than half of all children meet the US Surgeon General’s recommendation for engaging in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. By 6th grade, only 28.1% of girls and 41.4% of boys get the recommended amount of physical activity.

 

INACTIVITY IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM

Research shows that physically inactive children:

  • Are more likely to be overweight or obese
  • Have an increased risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes
  • Are less likely to go to college
  • Earn less as adults
  • Are more likely to have inactive children and repeat the cycle

ABILITY, CONFIDENCE AND DESIRE ARE ESSENTIAL

Children need the ability, confidence and desire to live a physically active life.

Ability. When children aren't competent in the fundamental motor skills (running, jumping, throwing, kicking, etc), they find all types of physical activity challenging. Motor skills competency must be formed through deliberate practice, carefully planned progressions and well designed learning tasks.

Confidence. When children aren't competent in their ability, it impacts their confidence and they find all types of physical activity challenging and embarrassing. They are worried they'll miss a ball that's thrown to them or fall over in a game of tag. Children need a supportive environment with developmentally appropriate activities so they can experience success.

Desire. When children don't have fun engaging in physical activity, they won't choose to be active in their free time. Activities need to be fun and imaginative.


INTRODUCING GROWFIT

GrowFit offers a fun, game-based approach that provides children with the ability, confidence and desire to be physically active for life.

 

But don’t just take our word for it

Thank you for stepping in and providing an excellent PE program to our students.
— Carolyn
Our GrowFit teacher is great at managing the classroom and the kids are having a lot of fun!
— Megan