Innovative Practices to Make Children Healthy
Everyone knows that healthier kids perform much better on tests and they stay more attentive in their classes. They are less absent and have great self-esteem. Before taking things into consideration, you need to understand the challenge. Kids, mainly spend an average of seven hours in the front of television or computer every day. There are schools that have reduced time in PE classes for the increased academic session and school authorities also allow selling unhealthy beverages and foods in schools. Today, busy parents cook unhealthy and quick meals or snacks for kids. They offer fatty foods to children.
Over time harmless practices take a toll on your kids’ health. So, things should be done in a better way. There are many schools which have already taken some extensive steps for improving the health of kids. There are millions of students who get most of the physical activities and get to drink and eat as half of their total calories offered during school hours. Presently, many schools also offer healthier food to kids who increase their fitness levels, good conduct and also they can score well in their tests.
Nowadays, teachers, principals and parents are working together in order to make your kids healthier. Kids’ habits are never easy to change. But change is possible when required. You should have courage to take actions and ensure every child is healthy in Africa and must be provided equal opportunities to be successful in their academics.
Recent study shows that kids get regular physical activities not just in fitness levels but also to ensure rapid functioning of brain. Kids never want to move more. Physical activities can help the kids to learn better. Different activities cause changes in a kid’s brain. So, slowly and deliberately you can see changes in behavior. An implication of a 2010 report on recent research by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examines the relationship between physical activities and academic achievement.
Researchers found that more than 60% of the studies noted a positive relationship with academic performance and physical activities in school. So, the advice for parents and school administration is very clear: school time spent on the physical activities can improve fitness which can boast your academic performance. There are also evidences that exercises help a kid’s brain to think.
Charles Hillman, Ph.D., a professor in Kinesiology and Community Health Department studied whether cardiovascular exercises can change and improve brain function in children. Researchers found that 9 and 10 year old kids participating in a walk around the school building can increase neuroelectronic activities. This can ensure better test performance during exams.
Today, fortunately, school administrators in Africa are recognizing this connection and thus, they are running innovative physical activities programs during and after school. For example, Colleen Wegimont, a PE teacher introduced the Wakeup Club nearly 3 years ago as an opportunity for the kids to play in the gym for 30 minutes before the commencement of their school. Today, more than 200 students love to participate. “Sometimes we forget that kids just need to play. They’re having fun and getting fit” Wegimont says.