Physical inactivity is a huge issue for our country. Childhood inactivity was recently voted the #1 concern of parents.
The 'Inactivity Pandemic' is draining America's economic resources. This epidemic is adversely impacting far too many families in our country. Please look at the "Cost Of Inactivity" counter just above this section. There are other costs and consequences caused by the 'Inactivity Pandemic' -- see below. We must get this issue under control.
It was then we dug into physical activity trends and realized this pandemic was not only real but getting far worse. Below is research from the Physical Activity Council and other sources which shows how this issue is impacting Americans, especially our children. You can also download some of this information and more by clicking on the The 'Inactivity Pandemic' image to the right.
Physical inactivity is ranked 4th as a cause of death, just ahead of being obese or being overweight. See below the list from the World Health Organization (WHO). You will also notice that physical inactivity has a tremendous effect on four other top 10 ranked causes of death.
Look at the charts below. The trend is not good. While inactivity rates are increasing, the biggest concern is with our children. The percentage of children who are totally inactive* or 'couch potatoes' is alarming. Inactive children means increased health issues and cost. Inactive children are also not performing as well academically. And, an inactive child will more than likely become an inactive adult.
Look at the charts below. The trend is not good. The percentage who are totally inactive* or 'couch potatoes' is alarming.
We know how much physical inactivity harms the body. But, research is pouring in that physical inactivity affects the brain and our ability to learn. Check out this page on the impact of activity on academic performance. The new frontier in education is built upon active-based learning.
The ironic thing is our schools are doing just the opposite. In new research by Pediatrics Magazine, tracking more than 900 kids in schools, it was found out teens are moving (or physically active) in school ONLY 23 minutes per day and 42 minutes overall. 'Sit & Learn' education does not work.
*Totally Inactive is measured by the Physical Activity Council in their annual research of 40,000 American; This means the person does not participate in any of 104 sport or activity program once in the past year.