These activities have been created for students aged 6 - 9.
Recent ongoing publicity has reflected American society’s concern with obesity, as well as related health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Research shows that unhealthy lifestyle choices in childhood may be linked to serious health problems later in life if these habits remain unaddressed.
Obesity and associated diseases have a widespread effect on the community, draining health resources as a result of behavior and choices that can be modified during childhood.
These activities are intended to cover all of the areas that are linked to the lifestyle choices that can be made, including:
• Promoting healthy habits such as a nutritious, balanced diet and regular exercise.
• Developing a positive self–image so that children are able to respect their own bodies and feel motivated to look after themselves.
• Raising the awareness of the ways in which modern society influences choices through advertising, particularly about the availability of unhealthy convenience foods.
• Encouraging students to choose physical activity over sedentary alternatives such as television and computer games.
The challenge lies in the need to not only equip students with the information necessary to make healthy choices, but to provide the opportunities and resources for them to experience and practice these skills on an ongoing basis, in their real environments.