According to a new study, "Physical activity not only makes kids feel better and helps them develop healthy habits, it's also good for the nation's bottom line." The study results were published May 1, 2017 in the journal Health Affairs.
Researchers used data from the federal government and created a computer model to predict what would happen if all 8- to 11-year-olds in the United States exercised for 25 minutes per day three days per week. The study determined that this exercise would "prevent $62.3 billion in medical costs and lost wages" during the lifetime of the children. In addition, 1.2 million fewer children would be overweight or obese.
In addition to reduction in conditions such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, increased physical activity is linked to muscle development, improved bone density, and improved mood, according to study director Dr. Bruce Lee.
What can you do to add movement to the school day? Walkabouts can help you activate your classroom and integrate movement into your language arts, math, and reading lessons.
To learn more about children and physical activity, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.