We all want our children to have a wonderful, healthy, happy life. We want them to succeed. We want our kids to be well rounded individuals. As parents, we want know our job is to raise responsible citizens who are good people. As parents, guardians, and families reading this, we can all agree so far, right?
So now let me show you the flipside. Some research statements (provided by BOKS) that share some startling news about the statistics our kids are going up against.
· Only 3.8% of elementary, 7.9% of middle and 2.1% of high schools provide daily P.E. or its equivalent (American Heart Association, 2011)
· The median P.E. budget for schools in the United States is only $764 per school year (NASPE, 2009)
· Only 57% of all school districts require that elementary schools provide students with a regular recess (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010)
NOT COOL! I know when I read all of this, I can’t help but cringe just a little. I’m a realistic person. I know statistics can prove the point you need them too, but some research is simply hard to refute. I’m doing what I can to keep my son active. He’s only 2, but I’m working to build a healthy lifestyle for our family so that he can keep it with him through the years.
So what’s a gal to do? How about find an AMAZING program that can take place in ANY school to help our kids get their bodies going, their brains going, and everything running (including their feet) in smooth operating order. BOKS is just that program!
Studies show that exercise and activity CAN make a difference!
· Eleven studies published between 1967 and 2006 have found that regular physical activity is associated with improved academic performance (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2009)
· A 2006 study found that children who were active either at home, school or on a sports team were 20% more likely than their inactive counterparts to earn an ―A‖ in Math or English (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2009)
· A 2011 study found that as overweight 7-11 year olds increased physical activity over a 13 week period, their intelligence scores increased 3.8 points more than their inactive counterparts (Medical College of Georgia, 2011)
· Researchers have found that regular physical activity improves mood and cognitive activity (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2009)
Build Our Kids Success with BOKS. YOU can make a difference in the physical health, mental health, and academic achievement in students near you! What can you do? Where can you learn more? There is a great website full of BOKS information. Check it out and see what you can do.
About Ashley (Managing Editor at MomStart): Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at Momicles and follow her @Momicles2010 .