Category Archives: Physical activity

How We Deprive Children of the Physical Activity They Need

Monitoring, structuring, and protecting reduce children’s activity and health. Most of my writing about children’s free play has been about the mental health benefits (e.g. here), but in this essay, I’m concerned with the physical health benefits. Children are designed, … Continue reading

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Physical activity and academic achievement in children: A historical perspective

As the focus on academic achievement has increased, physical activity (PA) opportunities in schools have decreased in the United States. In an attempt to discover how the decline in PA may affect academic achievement, researchers have been studying the effects … Continue reading

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Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School

Physical inactivity is a key determinant of health outcomes across the life span. A lack of activity increases the risk of heart disease, colon and breast cancer, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, osteoporosis, anxiety and depression, and other diseases. Recent studies have … Continue reading

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