Numerous studies have shown that
activity is fundamental in preventing chronic disease .
Being physically active on a regular basis offers children
immediate health benefits, and can also significantly
lower risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes,
high blood pressure, and colon cancer by 30-50%. Active people
do not die prematurely as often as people who are least active.
improves bone and muscle health, and decreases feelings of
depression and anxiety. Since rates of youth depression,
obesity, type 2 diabetes and even heart disease are on the
rise, getting active is critical. This goes for youth, and
for their role models!
Just as physical activity is good for your heart, it is also good for your brain, raising self-esteem and improving academic performance .
Not only can improved self-esteem
and performance make someone feel better, physicial activity
can also help cause the release
of natural chemicals in the body and brain to cause feelings
of elation, happiness, satisfaction and relaxation. In fact,
studies have shown that physical
activity works as well as drugs to overcome depression for many patients. Being active during the day also helps
improve sleep at night.
Youth that are physically active,
particularly girls that engage in sports, are less
likely to turn to drugs, sex, or violence to feel good.
Children who have fun engaging in
in youth enjoy remaining active all through life. Physical
activity can be a private form of relaxation, or a great way
to engage in play with friends, and meet new people.
Infants and Toddlers
Coach K Drive to Fitness
Your local YMCA
Boys & Girls Club
Junior NBA & WNBA
National Youth Sports
America on the Move
BAM: Body and Mind
The K Lab
FitDay.com tracking tool
Triangle United Way 211
Boston Youth Zone