The Two Major Roots of Physical Activity Are NOT Producing Active Kids

Where do kids learn basic physical activity skills like throwing, catching, running, skipping or standing on one leg? We have studied this for years and there are two places kids are taught these skills which allows kids to lead an active, healthy life today and forever:

  1. THROUGH FAMILY MEMBERS AND AT HOME
  2. IN SCHOOLS THROUGH PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND OTHER PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMS

But what is going on in these two places?


AT HOME

Today, kids in higher income families can be physically active and play sports. Many of these sports programs are very expensive. In many homes and neighborhoods, outdoor play is almost non existent. Kids are very sedentary, sitting inside and are often playing with their electronic devices -- moving just their fingers.  Many parents look at these addictive electronic devices, games and social media networks as pacifiers. “At least I know my kid is safe." is a common response.  But, they are creating sedentary kids who will develop negative health issues for the rest of their lives. 


IN SCHOOLS

Here, the problem is even worse. This was the place where all kids were taught basic physical activity and fitness skills. But, did you know that approximately 50% of schools have NO PHYSICAL EDUCATION? Other schools have reduced P.E. The average budget for physical education for an elementary school in the U.S. is less than $462 per year -- for the entire school!   “Sit-and-Test’ education leaders have eliminated recess, as well. This trend has to stop.  

Kids need to be physically active during the school day. This is why we say, “Active Kids...Healthy Kids...Better Students." And, all the research supports that statement. 

PHIT America is attacking this issue...where all the kids are... in schools with our AMPED program.  We are successful.  In the past five years, we have rebuilt P.E. programs in more than 700 schools helping 400,000+ kids become physically active.  The average cost per child of the AMPED program is less than $10 per child.

 And, we are giving every kid a chance to play sports as well with The PASS. We need everyone's help to do much more.