Developing physical literacy gives kids the skills to be physically active. And kids who are physically active are healthier, happier, and more successful. Research proves it.
At Active for Life, we believe in providing parents with science-based resources so that they can make informed decisions about the well-being of their child.
From better mental health to success in school, active kids benefit in more ways than one. Check out these articles and the studies that motivate us!
Studies show you don’t need to be an Olympian to live as long as one. You just need to keep moving.
Research shows homework for young kids is counterproductive; kids benefit more by playing and being active at home. Why not advocate for more homeplay instead of homework this school year?
New research from Statistics Canada and a report by the CBC shows that children benefit when parents increase their own daily physical activity. Likewise, kids are more sedentary when their parents are sedentary too.
A recent article published in Quartz looks at why depression in kids is increasing, and examines the link to lack of free play. It offers up tips for parents on how to increase daily free play.
Kids today are not engaging in independent active free play to the extent that their parents and grandparents did, and there are myriad reasons why children’s free play has decreased over the years.
These new guidelines outline the right amounts of moving, sleeping and sitting children aged four and under need for healthy growth and development.
In a study, researchers found that physically active kids had fewer symptoms of depression.
According to a new Danish study, exercise such as biking or walking to school can improve your child’s concentration in class by up to 60 percent of the standard school day.
Researchers believe that when kids combine movement with academics, overall learning and concentration improves.
The more consistently active you, particularly if you begin when you’re young, the greater the likelihood that your brain function will remain healthy as you reach middle age and beyond.
A 2-year study conducted by the University of Wollengong (UOW) in Australia has shown that girls (and boys) who participate in team sports have an increased quality of life relating to their physiological, social, emotional, and school functioning.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has produced the first 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth to provide recommendations that ensure kids find the right balance between sleep, physical activity, and sedentary time.
Research repeatedly demonstrates that active time is crucial for children when it comes to improving mood and attentiveness, as well as boosting overall physical wellness and development.