Seattle Elementary school kids are now guaranteed 30 minutes of recess. This is a huge step in the right direction for kids in our city.
I do want to remind you of the recommended guidelines for healthy movement.
The World Health Organizations recommends the following guidelines for children 5-17 years old:
1. A minimum 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA).
2. Amounts above 60 minutes provide additional health benefits.
3. Most of the daily physical activity should be aerobic. Vigorous-intensity activities should be incorporated, including those that strengthen muscle and bone*, at least 3 times per week.
So what is vigorous activity…It’s what we specialize in!
The US Department of Health and Human Services define Vigorous Physical Activity as:
“levels of physical activity at intensities where children get “breathless” or breathing deeper and faster than during typical activities. Children who are “breathless” are exercising their heart and lungs along with the muscles in their arms and legs! They are getting stronger and burning calories, which allows their bodies to balance food intake with energy used to help them maintain a healthy body weight. Provided that children do not have health restrictions, being breathless during physical activity is healthful, safe and will not cause physical harm.”
US Department of Health and Human Services. 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. http://www.health.gov/ paguidelines. October 17, 2008. Accessed April 2009.
US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity. Promoting Physical Activity: A Guide for Community Action. 1999