Why is physical activity so important for children? What's the big deal?
Regular physical activity helps children:
- Build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
- Control weight, build lean muscle, and reduce fat
- Prevent or delay the development of high blood pressure
- Reduce feelings of depression and anxiety
- May increase children's capacity for learning
- Promote social well-being
Sanders, S. W. (2002). Active for Life: Developmentally appropriate movement programs for young children. National Association for the Education of Young Children: Washington, DC.
Center for Disease Control. "The Importance of Regular Physical Activity for Children". http://www.cdc.gov/.
Sara Gable, Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009