Support School Sports!

5%

That’s it. Just 5% of 8-11 yr olds meet the recommendations for physical activity in their PE classes. So if they don’t get much in school, it is vital that they incorporate it into their after-school and weekend activities. According to a study published in Pediatrics, participation in team sports plays a significant role in weight management. Here is their conclusion statement:

Team sport participation had the strongest and most consistent inverse association with weight status. Active commuting to school may reduce the risk of obesity, but not necessarily overweight, and should be studied further. Obesity prevention programs should consider strategies to increase team sport participation among all students.

It’s Friday night which means high school football games. Support your local young athletes and the positive influence the sports have on these players and participants!