Christopher Quint, Area Manager at Premier Education Group, talks to us about the importance of keeping our kids active
There are some frightening studies and statistics surrounding child obesity, but in a world where it seems the norm and far easier to point the finger than offer a guiding hand, I would like to break the cycle.
With over 5,000,000 children in 2,000 schools around the UK, and following the release of a collection of studies, it is believed that over 25% of all children leave school obese. This results in poor self-image, low self-esteem, and a tendency to withdraw from others and in some severe cases depression which can be taken on into adult life. As adults, teachers, coaches and activity professionals, we have a responsibility and a duty to the youth of today, and to ourselves to step up, take positive action and be the guiding force that inspires change. And it is easier than you think. I’ve outlined three simple steps…
1. Lead by example
It’s the same in adults as it is in children. A healthy and balanced nutritional program and regular exercise helps with both physical and mental states, no matter how old you are. Practice what you preach and be the change that inspires. Staying active, eating healthily and encouraging children to do the same is a great way to learn about new foods and activities and get healthy together. It’s as simple as finding a healthy recipe online or in a magazine, cycling or walking to the shops to collect the ingredients to cook for all the family.
2. Kids need to be kids
Play is the way! Put down the tablet, games console or phone and get outside. A trip to the park, a cycle ride or forest walk with friends can not only help increase physical attributes but encourage social interaction, communication skills and skills like problem solving and working as part of a team. Games such as capture the flag, tag and obstacle courses plus cycle rides round the village, are a great source of exercise as well as working on agility, strength, competitive nature and problem solving in a fun way.
3. Support PE and organised recreation
Organised clubs and PE support in schools and in extra-curricular clubs has been proven to improve learning capacity and classroom performance by up to 25% in areas such as productivity, attentiveness and achievement. As little as 30 minutes exercise has been proven to, not only improve the in-class participation, but overall performance in exams.
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