Fitness Begins in Early Childhood

  • April 9, 2017

North American children today are taller and heavier than their counterparts of a hundred years ago (Gallahue & Ozman, 1998). Over a third of the children today are overweight and obese (Kirchner & Fishburne, 1998). Why is this? Simply put: Today’s children are less active than the children of the past. As a result, many children suffer from obesity which in turn leads to coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and high levels of cholesterol (Graham et al, 1998; Kirchner & Fishburne, 1998; Pangrazi, 1998). How can teachers and parents concerned with their children’s health help?

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