1.3.18: Healthy Habits Start Early – New Year’s Resolutions Are Not Just for Grown-Ups
As we begin a new year, so many of us have “get in shape” as our top resolution – but let’s not forget about our kids. The importance of physical fitness for kids K-12 may not be as well-known, or talked about on all of the morning shows, but it is crucial to growing up healthy.
Children and adolescents should engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
As schools are cutting “special” programs like art, dance, music and PE, it’s becoming increasingly hard to hit that milestone during the school day. According to HHS, more than 80% of children are not getting enough physical activity. Parents, teachers and school administrators are actively looking for ways to make up for that gap.
2018 is a great year to get your students moving to accomplish their wellness goals. There are so many new strategies and tools that schools, families and communities can use to support youth physical activity.
Flashfit is an easy, fun-to-use app provides aerobic and strength-building exercises in one-minute bursts. Your school can build teams and groups, compete and gamify to increase engagement and reward participation. No special equipment needed – students can move their bodies anywhere. And, Flashfit is offering $100 grants and special support to schools deploying the program. Applications are due February 28, 2018. Find more details and apply here: http://dev-flashfit.pantheonsite.io/grants/
Sources: CDC, HHS