Guest post by Erick D. Smith
Erick D. Smith is a blogger living in San Diego, California and writes about teaching kids about the importance of health and physical education.
Teaching Your Children about Fitness and Nutrition
More school programs are developed with the intent of helping children gain the most from physical education. Today, fitness is proving as essential to the student’s day as classroom curriculum. However, the process of staying healthy does not stop with exercise alone. A number of schools are now implementing wellness programs that extend to the cafeteria, with nutritious lunches that are meant to boost student performance throughout the day. In conjunction, these programs are helping to build healthier kids that will grow into the healthy adults of tomorrow.
Why physical education?
Physical education is the discipline that provides students necessary energy outlets and promotes athletic skills during the school day, as well as educates them about lifestyle fitness choices. Although some may question the importance of PE in student curriculum, there are many reasons why it is essential to a child’s development:
1. Health is the number one reason for children to participate in physical education programs.
2. Prevention of future health related issues is an essential long term benefit.
3. Academic performance is reportedly higher in children involved in regular physical activity.
4. Healthy lifestyle habits are reinforced through early training.
5. Muscle strength and agility improve through physical education.
6. Self-concept is fostered through promoting physical abilities.
7. Teamwork is encouraged through group participation.
The importance of equipment
When teachers are provided the best PE resources available, they can maximize the experience for all students. Proper equipment can be used to create enticing activities on school grounds for optimum physical activity. Equipment can start with creativity and basic items that can help establish an exciting environment for students. Once supplies are available, resources can be expanded to include more specific athletic requirements. Various teaching resources can also allow instructors to track student progress and teach teamwork skills.
Nutrition and fitness
Teachers may choose to incorporate messages about proper nutrition into lesson plans as this concept is just as important as exercise itself. Students have the chance these days to eat much healthier at school than ever before. The focus has shifted to emphasize healthy nutrition in the form of natural, fresh foods lower in calories. School lunches and unprocessed foods in general have become a much better alternative for students than popular convenience foods or those offered by fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s. For instance, the seasonal McRib sandwich is loaded with its fair share of sodium, with a tally of 1,040 milligrams that is nearly half the recommendation of a daily intake. The sandwich also comes with a whopping 25 grams of total fat, including 8 grams of saturated fat, which again constitutes nearly half of the daily recommended intake. These McRib nutrition facts prove that the fruits, vegetables and whole grains that schools are now pushing for, are more important than ever before.