School Physical Fitness Cutbacks
School districts all over the United States are cutting physical fitness and health education programs. The effects of these cuts are broad. Ultimately, the result is that children attending these schools do not have the opportunity to participate in activities that will greatly improve their health.
Childhood Obesity in America
Obesity in kids is now an epidemic in the United States. The number of children who are overweight has tripled in the last two to three decades; currently one child in three is overweight. The increase is in both young children and adolescents, and in all age, race and gender groups. Additionally, obese children now have diseases like type-two diabetes that used to only occur in adults. Overweight kids tend to become overweight adults, continuing to put them at greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.
It is well documented that childhood and adolescent obesity are linked to a lack of physical activity. More and more kids lead inactive lifestyles, choosing to spend time watching television, sitting at the computer, or playing video games. What is more, reliable outlets such as school PE and intramurals are being eliminated from school districts across the country. Ultimately, this is sending the wrong message to our children, that being physically active is not important. The reality is that we must educate children on the importance of being well-rounded, healthy individuals.
Active4Youth After School
Behaviors involving physical activity and nutrition are the cornerstone of preventing obesity in children and adolescents. Teaching healthy behaviors at a young age is vital since changing bad habits becomes more difficult with age. Therefore, it is critical that we educate children at a young age.
It is recommended that Americans accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. Even greater amounts of physical activity may be necessary for the prevention of weight gain, for weight loss, or for sustaining weight loss. After school sports programs provide healthy, non-competitive activities that enable children and adolescents to become more active and fill in where schools and school districts fall short.
Active4Youth has taken the initiative of reviving the after school sports programs so many of our children used to enjoy. With your help, we can continue to make a difference within our community and in the lives our children. Please donate or volunteer today.