Prevention of childhood obesity can be addressed in the early childhood years when preferences are established. A positive approach can be that of increasing physical activity everyday!
How can we increase physical activity everyday for young children? To do this, it is necessary to understand a bit about how our bodies grow and develop, how body movement and the brain work together, and how, we, as adults, can best teach and provide physical activity opportunities to children in our care.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension publications offer peer-reviewed, research based information in a range of topics including early childhood education. Written by specialists, faculty and educators at UNL, check out the following early childhood educational publications:
Play and Learning in the Primary Years - Children ages 3-8 need opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of academic concepts through play. Children’s play needs to be encouraged as an essential part of their healthy development. A wide variety of play experiences is necessary to develop a complex and integrated brain.
The Importance of Outdoor Experiences in the Primary Years
Daily experiences in natural environments can have immediate and long-lasting benefits for children. Increased physical activity is associated with decreases in depression and anxiety and increases in levels of concentration. It also is a key strategy in addressing childhood obesity.