Most children love being physically active and the exercise they get while doing so contributes to the development of strong bones and muscles.
Sadly, in this day and age, kids are finding an increasing number of obstacles & challenges that prevent them from getting the exercise they need. According to the American Heart Association children should get a minimum of 60 minutes of exercise every day and obstructions such as television, video games, mobile devices, parents who work long hours, cuts to physical education programs, and unsafe neighborhoods make it difficult for kids to meet this requirement.
In the past, parents worried more about their children being home by the time the street lights came on than whether or not they got the recommended amount of daily activity. Today, parents are advised to monitor their children’s Body Mass Index(BMI) as the obesity epidemic among children aged 6-19 has reached an all-time high. Physical activity will not only help today’s children by preventing them from becoming obese or but will help them lose weight if necessary.
Stretch-n-Grow Ventura County aims to help the children in our community develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime. With our programs, children do not simply move around. We focus on developing motor skill such as running and jumping and climbing. We incorporate activities that will increase your child’s endurance, flexibility, and strength, with a fun exciting program that follows kids interests and encourages them to use their imagination.
We also encourage all Stretch-n-Grow stars to make healthy food choices. Every week we incorporate valuable lessons on nutrition into our programs.
Top 10 Reasons Kids Should Get Plenty of Exercise:
1. Kids who exercise are more likely to keep exercising as adults
2. Exercise helps kids achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
3. Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints
4. Exercise improves the quantity and quality of sleep
5. Research shows that exercise promotes improved school attendance and enhances academic performance
6. Exercise aids in the development of important interpersonal skills – this is especially true for participation in team sports
7. Kids who exercise have greater self-esteem and a better self-image
8. Participating in regular physical activity prevents or delays development of many chronic diseases (i.e.; Heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension) and promotes health
9. Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and a better overall mood
10. Exercise helps improve motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills