Sports & Physical Activities

Physical activity enhances and maintains physical fitness and overall health.

The Challenge

Sports and physical activity are vital for a child’s development and sets the foundation for an active and healthy lifestyle. Fostering an active lifestyle for the development of physical fitness and health encourages entire families to engage in the participation of sports.  Sports, exercise and an active lifestyle help combat inactivity and obesity.  An active lifestyle may prevent and resolve latent health issues in children and adults.  

Physical recreation provides health and social benefits to the participants. Among the health benefits of regular exercise are becoming physically fit, better sleep, stronger muscles, and decreased risk of diabetes and other health related problems. There are also social benefits associated with sports. Such benefits allow individuals to find their role in life, increased determination, discipline, and the ability to work with other for a same goal. These are invaluable advantages of having an active lifestyle that have proven to increase the chances for success in life.

The Opportunity

The goal is to provide physical activities while creating  lifelong opportunities for students to become physically fit, learn motor and behavioral skills, increase self-confidence and self-esteem and to resist negative peer pressure. Children that engage in physical activities and sports may be less likely to be involved in negative activities.

Motivating children through physical activity and/or sports may decrease the likelihood of dropping out of school, getting involved in drugs, and may even prevent unplanned pregnancy.

Quicks Facts

  • Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem, and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being. May help improve students’ academic performance, including Academic achievement and grades Academic behavior, such as time on task Factors that influence academic achievement, such as concentration and attentiveness in the classroom. Children need to be active every day to promote their healthy growth and development. Kids who establish healthy lifestyle patterns at a young age will carry them - and their benefits - forward for the rest of their lives.

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