Your Body and Mind

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Your Body and Mind


Froschauer, Linda, Science and Children


Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

--John F. Kennedy

We've all read about it in the news; as a country we are obese and out of shape. It affects our health, our abilities, and our attitudes.

I have to say that I am one of the first people to argue that society places too much of a burden on schools and teachers. Every time there is a crisis we are asked to fix it by addressing the issue with our students and including information concerning this "issue-du jour" in our lessons. I am usually reluctant because I realize that making these additions takes time away from other topics. I also feel that inserting information on the fly does not provide significant attention to actually effect change. However, the issue of young children being unfit and overweight is an issue that we as educators can and should address. The mind-body connection is undeniable. If we are going to provide the best learning environment for our students, we need to begin with supporting their health.

According to First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" website, "Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. …

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