Provide youth with more ways to be physically active every day in school so they learn to become active adults.
Opportunities for children to be active in school are going away. Many schools are cutting physical education, shortening recess, and getting rid of school-sponsored sport teams. The negative effects of children being less physically active are countless. It can lead to attention difficulties, behavioral problems, and can contribute to the problem of childhood obesity. Additionally, research has shown that brains are more active after activity further promoting the need for children to be active throughout the day. These are some of the reasons that “Provide youth with more ways to be physically active every day in school so they learn to become active adults” was chosen by the community as one of the 10 priorities of Healthy Polk.
A panel of experts from the Polk County community came together in the summer of 2011 to analyze the current state of youth physical activity. Gaps, initiatives, and stakeholders were identified as part of this analysis. Stakeholders gathered in November 2011 to affirm the work plan that came out of the expert analysis. Several new pieces of work have begun to advance this Healthy Polk priority. Click here for a full report on the process.