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 is not developed naturally, it 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 aren't likely to choose to be active in their free time. Activities need to be fun and imaginative for children to want to be active.