September marks the inevitable return to school of some 50 million children across the nation. Being back in school means more time spent learning and studying and may mean less time for physical activity. Staten Island party venues like Kids ‘N Shape fitness gym offer a solution. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “less than 3 in 10 high school students get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.” With childhood obesity continuing to affect more than 12 million children nationally, now, more than ever, educators must take an active role in helping children stay fit.
Perhaps this is why President Obama has declared September 2015 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The declaration marks the five-year anniversary of First Lady, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, aimed at reducing the incidence of childhood obesity in the United States. While emphasizing healthier food choices for children, the initiative has also spurred a movement toward increased physical activity. Schools are an important partner in this national effort. According to letsmove.gov, “nearly nine million kids attend Let’s Move! Active Schools where they get 60 minutes of physical activity a day.” Increased activity not only helps kids stay healthy, but also enhances academic performance.
What can Staten Island teachers do to help their students get moving? Offer frequent stretch breaks–especially for younger students. Whenever possible, combine music and movement to encourage physical activity and self-expression. Provide a variety of play equipment to inspire physical activity during recess. Take classroom lessons outside–science, social studies, and even math and language arts can lend themselves to the great outdoors.
We’ve all done the zoo and the museum. But have you considered including Staten Island party venues in your field trip repertoire? Whether planning a back-to-school bash, a fall fitness festival, or just rewarding good class behavior, a children’s fitness play facility is the perfect way to combine fun, fitness, and fundamentals. Explore the laws of physics, geometry, and social mores.
Considering a fitness play facility for your next field trip? With a variety of sports fields and courts, inflatables, wheeled toys, sports equipment, a Zip Line, and an XBox Kinect, Kids ‘N Shape is the ultimate fun and fitness destination. We are perfect for grades K-12 and we are a registered vendor with the New York City Department of Education. For just $8 per child, your class will have 2-hour exclusive access to the entire facility and all our has to offer. Contact Kids ‘N Shape Staten Island party venues today to learn about field trip package options that will help keep your students fit.