Kids and Teens Still Aren’t Doing Nearly Enough Physical Activity
Nanci Hellmich in the USA Today article, Kids Need To Step Up Physical Activity, Report Says, argues that, despite prodding from their parents, teachers and doctors, American kids just aren’t getting enough physical exercise.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 29% of teens get the recommended 60 or more minutes a day of physical activity. Aside from staying physically fit, being physically active on a regular basis helps students perform better at their schoolwork.
Government’s Physical Activity Guidelines
The Committee for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition has identified strategies to increase physical activity, especially among children. Suggestions include getting kids moving more in schools and giving preschool children lots of opportunities to be active. They also recommend improving walking and biking infrastructure, such as sidewalks, multiuse trails and bike lanes.
Sports or adventure summer camps can help develop your kids’ love of physical activity. Camppage offers a varied listing of sports summer camps throughout the United States and Canada. You’re sure to find one that’s right for your family.