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Physical activity stimulates growth and
leads to improved physical and emotional
health. Today, research shows that the
importance of physical activity in children
is stronger than ever. For example, medical
researchers have observed that highly
active people are less likely to suffer from
high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer of
the colon, obesity, and coronary heart
disease later in life.
Playing sports can make you
stronger and healthier,
contributing to lower obesity
rates, according to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
But sport, not just exercise, gives a child more than
just physical well-being; it contributes to a child’s
development both psychologically and socially.
Children who play sports gain confidence in their
bodies and their ability to set goals,
It is also seen children playing sports are better in
academics and leadership qualities
Sports are an important part of the lives of most
children in the United States. Just over 21 million
youth between the ages of 6 to 17 play team sports
on a regular basis, with another 5 million engaging on
an occasional basis, according to the Sports & Fitness
Industry Association annual survey of
households. Kids are most active before the teenage
years, though participation is declining. Children ages
6 to 12 who played sports regularly fell from 44.5
percent of that population in 2008 to 40 percent in
•Many adults aged 65 and over spend on average 10
hours or more each day sitting or lying down,
making them the most sedentary age group.
•They're paying a high price for their inactivity, with
higher rates of falls, obesity, heart disease and early
death compared with the general population.
•As you get older, it becomes even more
important to you remain active if you want to
stay healthy and maintain your independence.
•If you don't stay active, all the things you’ve
always enjoyed doing and taken for granted
may start to become that little bit harder.