Shore Broadcasting shared in the Children and Nature newsletter that new research by ParticipACTION indicates that physical activity can improve kids’ brain health by boosting both cognitive ability and mental wellness.
It’s all part of ParticipACTION’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.
According to ParticipACTION this is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada.
The research suggests that an active lifestyle can help release a child’s potential in several ways including performance in the classroom, problem-solving skills, and overall focus.
This Brain + Body Equation comes as no surprise to PLAY Coordinator Jason Weppler.
He says for years Play in Bruce Grey has been promoting the benefits of active children for body, mind, spirit and emotional well being.
For eleven years Bruce and Grey have been part of the PLAY movement which promotes physical activity for children to seniors.
Weppler notes Bruce Grey is one of the few regions that still carry the PLAY torch, he says this just goes to show the strong commitment and partnerships there are local to promoting a healthy lifestyle.
He says the challenge has never been higher as screen time continues to increase among children and youth.
Weppler says it all comes down to moderation, saying it is important kids put down the technology and get outside and play.
Weppler is on a crusade right now to get all municipalities across the region to sign the PLAY in Bruce Grey Municipal Charter.
So far 14 of the 17 municipalities visited have signed on.
As a new incentive to families, Weppler says PLAY in Bruce Grey is providing municipalities with PLAY Kits.
These kits are filled with play items like balls, bats, gloves, Frisbees and Nerf toys to get children and families active, the Kits can be checked out at libraries and community centers.