2014 /2015 Al Noor school Nutrition and Fitness Plan. By Mohamed Hammad Physical education Teacher
physical Education Goal for elementary School
Elementary School is to provide students with a basic
foundation of motor and manipulative skills, an
understanding of the importance of physical fitness and the
opportunity to develop effective personal and social skills.
Students will be provided with the skills necessary to make
decisions about physical activity for their own health,
enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction.
Our goal is to promote a positive learning environment that meets the needs and
abilities of students and encourages them to maintain a physically active lifestyle.
Students must wear sneakers properly
laced or secured with velcro made for use
on the gymnasium floor. Spiked cleats,
hiking or thick bottom boots, shoes with
heals, non-supporting slip-ons with or
without backs are not permitted for
physical activity. Safe participation
requires students to be dressed
appropriately. It is important that your
child wears loose clothing and refrains
from wearing any jewelry that might get
lost or broken, or cause injury.
Why Kids Need Exercise?
Kids needing exercise in their lives is not a newsflash. We’ve all heard about the positive effects of exercise. Now think about them as they relate to your child. Regular physical activity helps children build healthy bodies and prevent chronic disease. Here’s why:
- Develops muscle strength. Muscle strength helps to reduce children’s risk of injury. Lifting things including their own body weight keeps them strong and limber, so they feel well and function optimally.
- Improves cardiovascular capacity. Moving vigorously cultivates a healthy heart and lungs. Prevent Hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure) which can develop during childhood. Regular physical activity can substantially lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
- Keeps bones strong. The crucial time to build bones starts before the teen years and lasts until the mid-20s, when bones grow to their maximum thickness. Prevent Osteoporosis with weight-bearing activity like jump rope, running games, pivoting and balancing.
- Decreases body fat. Aerobic activity and strength training help children expend energy (calories), which helps them with weight control and positive body fat distribution.
- Maintains a steady, healthy weight. Movement and a healthy diet, combined with reducing sedentary behaviors like watching TV, videos and computer games help to prevent obesity, which in turn can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
Another fact? Regular physical activity helps children mentally. Here’s why:
- Enhances self-esteem. As children exercise, their strength increases, and so does their psychological well-being. They gain confidence and become more comfortable in their own skin. (Often this results in their trying other physical activities like swimming, climbing, or team sports.)
- Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety. Physical activity actually changes your brain chemistry and improves your frame of mind. For instance, exercise increases levels of serotonin, a chemical that some depressed children have in short supply.
- Increases concentration and alertness. Exercise releases ‘endorphins,’ feel-good chemicals that act on the brain as natural tranquilizers. Studies have shown endorphin-rich movement improves mental focus and cognitive skills.
- Boosts energy levels. Movement stimulates attention and energy levels due to improved circulation and blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to your tissues.
- Controls mood swings. Exercise calms kids down and stabilizes their mood swings, thus making good behavior more likely.
- Fosters feelings of happiness. Fun, physical activities and mental stimulation -with family and friends in a supportive environment – give children the sense they have achieved something new and challenging. They feel better. They feel happy.
Top 10 Reasons Children Should Exercise
ACE’s Top 10 Reasons Children Should Exercise
In the past parents worried more about their children being home by the time the street lights came on then whether or not they got the recommended amount of daily activity. Today parents are advised to monitor their children’s body mass index (height-to-weight ratio) as the obesity epidemic among children ages 6-19 has reached 15 percent, almost quadruple what it was in the late 1960s. Physical activity will not only help today’s children by preventing them from becoming obese or helping them to lose weight if necessary, it will also teach them healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Here are ACE’s top reasons kids should get plenty of exercise:
- Kids who exercise are more likely to keep exercising as an adult.
- Exercise helps kids achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
- Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints.
- Exercise aids in the development of important interpersonal skills—this is especially true for participation in team sports.
- Exercise improves the quantity and quality of sleep.
- Research shows that exercise promotes improved school attendance and enhances academic performance.
- Kids who exercise have greater self-esteem and better self-images.
- Participating in regular physical activity prevents or delays the development of many chronic diseases (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension) and promotes health.
- Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and a better overall mood.
- Exercise helps improve motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills.
- Why Bother With Breakfast?
- Breakfast Brain Power
- Making Breakfast Happen
- Breakfast Ideas to Try
- You probably heard it from your own parents: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But now you’re the one saying it — to your sleepy, frazzled, grumpy kids, who insist “I’m not hungry” as you try to get everyone fed and moving in the morning.