Physical Activity And Classroom Behavior

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Physical Activity and Classroom Behavior Physical activity guidelines specific to children and adolescents have been developed. In 2008, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) published physical activity guidelines for Americans. Children should participate in at least 60 minutes of exercise each day. When children and adolescents can achieve the recommended 60 minutes of exercise daily, numerous health benefits occur (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). The majority of the 60 minutes should be moderate-to-vigorous intense physical activity. Moderate-to-vigorous activity includes at least three days a week. Schools are a key setting to encourage students’ healthy habits. Schools provide a comfortable environment with access to equipment that students need to promote physical activity.
Incorporating physical activity for students every day is important for many reasons. Physical activity promotes emotional and mental health benefits. It also decreases the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Health and educational professionals agree that physically active students perform better in the classroom. One study found a statistically significant relationship between fitness and academic achievement (Chomitz, Slining, McGowan, Mitchell, Dawson, & Hacker, 2009). Agencies, political leaders, and organizations are beginning to see how important regular physical activity is for children and adolescents…
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