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SchoolTV: Physical Activity & Exercise

In the last decade, children's participation in physical activity and exercise has been in decline.

In this digital age, children are using computers and mobile devices, not only for learning, but for relaxation and recreation purposes. This sedentary behaviour is having a detrimental effect on today’s youth.

Research shows, that regular physical activity and exercise can lead to positive changes in the brain including improved cognitive function, elevated mood, enhanced learning and improved academic outcomes. Playing sport can help children and young people develop their fundamental movement skills, which in turn, impacts positively on their confidence, self-esteem and ability to develop social skills.

Parents play an important role in helping children establish positive habits that will benefit them in the long-term.

In this edition of SchoolTV, you will discover practical advice relating to the benefits of regular physical activity and exercise, as well as tips on how to motivate your child to be active. The school holidays are an ideal opportunity to encourage some physical activity that can continue into Term 2.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and as always, welcome your feedback.

Here is the link to this month’s edition: http://mercedes.catholic.schooltv.me/newsletter/physical-activity-and-exercise

Anne Way
Director of Wellbeing
College Psychologist