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Unstructured Free Play Important for Kids

Too often these days, parents feel they have no choice but to pack their child's schedules with adult-supervised, adult-driven activities such as organized sports, even in the summer, when kids have the most free time.  But, as a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) makes clear, such activities should not come at the expense of free and unstructured play, which is critical to healthy child development.


ChildObesity180 Announces $1 Million in Grants to Revolutionize School Physical Activity

Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP), an initiative of ChildObesity180, has developed a creative grant opportunity to get kids moving in America's schools. ASAP Acceleration Grants totaling $1,000,000 will be awarded to 1,000 schools to award-winning and innovative physical activity programs. First Lady Michelle Obama is encouraging schools to apply for a grant through her "Let's Move! Active Schools" campaign.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Active Children and Adolescents

Regular physical activity in children and adolescents promotes health and fitness. Compared to those who are inactive, physically active youth have higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and stronger muscles. They also typically have lower body fatness. Their bones are stronger, and they may have reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Higher Levels of Physical Activity Not Linked to Lower Obesity Rates Across Race and Ethnic Groups

Conventional wisdom suggests that the less children exercise the more at risk they are at risk of obesity, but a new study finds that the most overweight and obese children are actually members of ethnic groups that are some of the most active.

Sports Drinks Linked To Healthier Food Choices, More Physical Activity: Study

Consumption of flavored and sports beverages (FSBs) by eighth- and eleventh-grade students is positively linked to the consumption of healthy foods, such as milk, fruit and vegetables, and to increased levels of physical activity but increased consumption of soda pop has the opposite effect, says a new study reported in the October 2010 print issue of the journal Pediatrics.
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