|Planning Activity: Explaining Health Benefits||
ACTIVITY ID: 22291
This lesson has given you an overview of the health benefits that physical activity provides. Part of your role as a school-age staff member will be to explain and teach these benefits to children. How could you deliver it in a way that is fun, interactive, meaningful, and appropriate? Use the chart below to record your planning ideas. Here's a reminder of the health benefits of physical activity taken from the lesson you just explored.
There is a clear connection between leading an active lifestyle and being healthy. For optimal health, school-age children should be physically active for at least 60 minutes each day. Along with a healthy diet, these guidelines help children:
- Improve cognition
- Maintain a healthy weight and body mass index.
- Achieve physical developmental milestones.
- Maintain or improve blood pressure.
- Improve cardiovascular fitness.
- Improve posture and balance.
- Improve overall physical health.
- Improve sleep
Maintaining an active lifestyle will not only help achieve physical health and fitness but will also improve a child’s mental health. Sustaining an active lifestyle increases energy, helps children maintain a positive attitude, and helps them achieve other health benefits such as:
- Improved self-esteem and confidence.
- Reduced stress.
- Improved social skills (especially when participating in team sports).
- Improved focus and brain function.
- Reduced risk of depression
|Health Benefit||Planning Idea|
Maintain a healthy weight and BMI (body mass index).