Playing at the park helps the kids brain for school!
The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada.
This year, the 2018 edition of the report card taught us that a growing body of research has begun to examine the benefits of childhood physical activity in relation to brain health. Their conclusion: Kids + Steps + Sweat = Healthier Brains.
After reading the newsletter, here are Jambette's favourite statements *.
1 - Participation in regular physical activity improves the ability of children and youth to meet academic expectations.
2 - Physical activity plays an important role in helping children and youth learn better, solve problems more creatively, and develop healthier brains.
3 - Physical activity also helps with convergent and divergent thinking, leading to improvements in creative problem-solving and decision making
4 - Physical activity can change the structure and function of the brain [...] Physical activity can positively affect the amount of grey matter as well as support better communication between grey and white matter.
5 - Among municipalities in Canada with at least 1,000 residents, the majority report the presence of facilities that support community physical activity and sport : 93% have parks and green spaces. [...]
In short, do not wait, go out to play at the park! The benefits are manifold and Jambette is your ally for this adventure !
* ParticipACTION. The Brain + Body Equation: Canadian kids need active bodies to build their best brains. The 2018 Report Card and a summary of its findings (the Highlight Report) are available online at www.participACTION.com/reportcard.