Northville Elementary School is committed to the pursuit
of wellness. This means that we encourage proper diet as a life
skill. Our lunch program reflects this initiative. We also believe
that physical activity leads to healthier bodies. Therefore each
day begins with an exercise regime as a part of the morning
announcements. Creating and maintaining a safe environment is an
expectation of every member of our community of learners. Our
efforts to maintain air quality and cleanliness is focused around a
national program entitled "Tools for Schools". Together all these
initiatives support our commitment to wellness.
(The following article was taken from "Kids Health"
found at About.com.)
Kids who are 6 to 12 years old need physical activity to build
strength, coordination, confidence, and to lay the groundwork for a
healthy lifestyle down the road. It's also a time when kids gain
more control over how active they are.
So it's important to give your school-age child as many
opportunities as possible to be active, and to make sure your child
is involved in a variety of activities, sports, and games that are
a good fit for his or her personality, ability, age and interests.
Brainstorm together and let your child choose the activities that
feels right. Typically kids won't mind a daily dose of fitness, as
long as it's fun.
The National Association for Sports and Physical Education
recommends that school age children:
- get 60 minutes or more of physical activity every
- accumulate activity throughout the day which can be
broken down into bouts of 15 minutes or more
- avoid periods of inactivity of 2 hours or
Many parents and kids think of organized sports when they
think of fitness. Though there are many advantages to signing your
child up for the softball team, practice and games once or twice a
week will not be enough to reach activity goals. In addition,
parents can no longer rely on physical education in the schools to
provide enough physical activity for children.
There are many ways you can keep your kids moving at
- Incorporate physical activity into the daily routine.
From household chores to an after dinner walk, keep your family
active every day.
- Allow enough time for free play. Kids can burn more
calories and have more fun when left to their own devices. Playing
tag, riding bikes around the neighborhood, and building snowmen are
some favorite childhood pastimes.
- Keep a variety of games and sports equipment on hand.
It doesn't have to be expensive - an assortment of balls,
hula-hoops, and jump ropes can keep kids busy for
- Be active together. It'll get you moving and kids love
to play with their parents.
- Limit time spent in sedentary activities, such as
watching TV, going online, and playing video
When you have exhausted the possibilities at home, take
advantage of local playgrounds and athletic fields. Make family
fitness outings part of your regular routine. Let family members
choose an activity - go hiking, ice skating, or try-out the
rock-climbing gym. Anything goes, as long as everyone can
Part of helping your child commit to fitness includes being a
positive role model by showing your child that exercise is
important by regularly exercising yourself.