The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. So what’s new in this edition?
Since 2008, new knowledge has been gained on the proven benefits of physical activity for all ages and populations. New information on physical activity benefits include:
- Health benefits in relation to brain health, fall-related injuries, and cancer.
- Benefits for sleep, how people feel and how people function.
- How sedentary behaviors affect overall health.
- Guidelines for children ages 3 through 5 years.
- Tested strategies to get people more active.
These guidelines will be incorporated into the Walk Kansas program for 2019.
Research has shown that students need physical activity to improve classroom concentration and attention, reduce classroom behavior issues, become more engaged in learning, and above all boost grades.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Springboard to Active Schools has released new educator resources to add physical activity in the classroom each day. Incorporate physical activity into academic instruction so that there are several activity breaks during the day. Physical activity can be added into all grade levels. These activities can also be used in other organizations such as 4-H and Scouts.
The program has many resources available at www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/classroom-pa.htm.