CLINICAL APPLICATIONS Partnering with Schools to Implement Physical Activity Interventions by Kristi McClary King, Ph.D., CHES and Daniela Terson de Paleville, Ph.D. � Bone-strengthening activities: Include bone-strengthening hysical activity plays a key role in the development of physical activity on at least 3 days of the week as part of the children’s sensory system and brain functions that create 60 or more minutes. neural connections necessary for learning, memory and coordination, and, consequently, academic performance (1). Chil- Although the benefits of physical activity are well docu- dren who regularly engage in physical activity perform better in mented, almost 80% of children are not engaging in enough tasks that include motor control, problem solving, and attention. physical activity to promote positive health outcomes (3). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical The prevalence of those meeting physical activity recommen- Activity Guidelines for Americans ages 6 and older, based on sci- dations is not equitable among demographic sectors. Social entific research, recommends that children engage in a variety and environmental circumstances can deter children’sability of age-appropriate and enjoyable physical activities for 60 minutes to be physically active. For many children, participation in (1 hour) or more daily (2). Specific
ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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