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Back to School 7: Physical Activity

Posted: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Dr. Bob Leonard

Elise Spronk with Work Systems Rehab and Fitness in Pella always has great information and brings enthusiasm to every interview. In today’s program we talked about how physical activity can help kids in school, and a number of other great back to school tips. Here are some of the major points I took away from the interview.

The CDC says kids should have a minimum of hour of day of activity. Structured play is rewarding on a number of levels, but so is unstructured play. Play brings important social and emotional benefits, and lots of life skills are practiced.

Life skills that are learned in play translate into academics–problem solving, negotiation, sharing, and handling conflicts among them.

Attention is greatly improved after recess or physical activity, in part because swinging, spinning, hanging upside down, or whatever kids do during recess produces lots of great endorphins, keeping them more alert for tasks ahead.

Any movement is great–even during class breaks.

Nutrition is important. Get a good balanced breakfast, and eat protein during the day. Protein helps keep you awake.

Drink lots of water. Hydrated brains think better. If allowed by the school, have your children carry water bottles.

Backpacks should never hold more than 10% of a child’s weight, and be evenly balanced, with most of the load above the belt line.

Enjoy the interview.