The Role of Physical Activity in the Prevention of Obesity

2248 WordsOct 26, 20109 Pages
Introduction As a nation we need to acknowledge that the prevention of obesity, which affects approximately one in four children today beginning in childhood, offers the most effective means of achieving a healthy weight. Therefore, how do we prevent childhood obesity and what strategies can be implemented that will increase and promote awareness of increased physical activity amongst young children? A whole of society approach can play a major role in addressing and or preventing obesity. If young children can be educated and informed about the important benefits of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through participation of family, media, health and school environments, and apply what they learn to everyday habits, then maybe the…show more content…
Teachers can be pro-active in how they incorporate physical movement into many classroom lessons keeping in mind that it needs to be an enjoyable activity that is been planned with diversity in mind. These lessons can be centred on body image, weight control, nutrition and the importance of physical activity as part of the school curriculum to assist in addressing and preventing obesity (McDevitt and Ormrod, 2010). Firstly, the teacher could assist addressing and preventing obesity through integrating classroom movement into classroom curriculum. A” walk” and “talk” break could involve students moving outside the classroom to discuss what they are currently learning or have learnt during the day. For example a Maths lesson with focus on measurement could involve students physically measuring objects outside the classroom. This strategy could be considered effective as it provides students with an opportunity to expend more energy through movement, therefore positively affecting physical, cognitive and social development during Middle Childhood years (www.humankinetics.com). Secondly, the teacher could encourage school wide physical activities involving the
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