. SPORTS MEDICINE : CHILDREN: HEALTH AND MEDICAL : MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY: Research Supports First Ladys Childhood Obesity Initiative Research Supports First Ladys Childhood Obesity Initiative Health Canal <http://www.healthcanal.com/child-health/5601.html> Science shows benefits of exercise for kids beyond physical fitnessINDIANAPOLIS First Lady Michelle Obama announced today an initiative to reverse rising levels of childhood obesity and scientific research from the American College of Sports Medicine backs up the strategies related to physical activity in her Lets Move campaign.
Multiple studies published in ACSMs official scientific journal confirm that higher levels of activity important in combating obesity have positive effects for children beyond just weight management.
Perhaps the most encouraging research finds that the most active kids also fare the best in school. In one study of more than 200 middle-schoolers, students who participated in vigorous physical activity after school earned better grades on their report cards.
Kids bodies arent made for sitting in front of the television for hours a day, said James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, President of ACSM. Theyre supposed to be out playing, running, jumping. Research confirms that, and parents should take steps to increase their kids activity levels itll be great for them in the long run, too, to establish physical activity habits at a young age.
A similar study showed that in-classroom activity was helpful in keeping youngsters on task, improving their behavior by up to 20 percent.
Another ACSM study suggests a sedentary lifestyle can mean more emotional and behavioral problems for adolescents.
<snip>ACSM commends the First Ladys office on recognizing every child in her healthy-kids initiative, with special focus on including those with disabilities. ACSM helped form the
Inclusive Fitness Coalition <http://incfit.org/> and partners with theNational Center on Physical Activity and Disability <http://ncpad.org/>
The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 35,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.
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