Until recently, early childhood specialists typically ignored the need for formal instruction focused on young children’s physical development. We now know that preschool children are at a critical stage of language and brain development, as well as physical development, and can greatly benefit from planned instruction aimed at achieving physical literacy. Most people are familiar with the term “literacy” as it relates to a child’s reading or writing skills. However, fewer adults are able to define the term “physical literacy,” which describes the proficiency in a wide variety of fundamental movement skills and concepts. In this post, SHAPE America discusses physical literacy in young children.
The Health Professions Mentorship Program (HPMP) is an exciting two-year curriculum out of the CUNY School of Medicine designed for rising high school juniors and seniors considering careers in healthcare. As part of the 2017 HPMP summer programming, the students were asked to provide insight into physical activity behaviors and preferences. In this post, we summarize the results of the students' research into adolescent physical activity preferences and describe a sample program that the HPMP students developed based on these results.
While the health, mental health, and social benefits of regular physical activity are well documented, individuals, families, and communities continue to find it difficult to get the recommended amount of physical activity. The need for physical activity turnkey programs, “how-to” resources, guides, and tools is critical for communities and CDPH is here to provide assistance.
The 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities, released by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance serves to establish a national baseline on walking behavior and identify opportunities for growth. The Report Card is the first comprehensive national assessment of walking and walkability in the United States. It measures the extent to which individuals and communities in the United States meet selected standards related to walking. Grades reflect national-level performance, not that of states or local municipalities. Initial grades indicate we’ve got some improvements to make!
Early care and education providers play a critical role in maintaining a child’s health and safety. Many children are in early care and education settings for several hours during the day, which means this can be the primary environment for children to eat, play, and grow. By modeling healthy eating and physically active lifestyles, early care and education providers can set our children on the road to a lifetime of good habits. During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, learn tips from the Office of Child Care within the Administration for Children and Families for early care and education providers to promote healthy eating and physical activity.
September marks Go4Life Month, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This year's campaign challenges older adults to “Move More with Go4Life®!” by stepping up physical activity, working out a bit more frequently, and trying all four types of recommended exercise: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.