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More than 12 million US children live in poverty. Children living in poverty are more likely to lack the basics including food, clothing, adequate housing, and parental support with homework. The stress of these challenges can weigh a child down before they even get out of bed in the morning. Poverty is associated with a higher risk for poor cognitive and academic outcomes, lower school attendance, and grade failure.
Research shows that encouraging free movement can give children space to develop self-awareness, learn non-verbal ways of communicating and to get to know themselves and their body. Children learn their range of motion, balance, muscle strength, coordination, and endurance. Strong evidence supports the connection between movement and learning. Evidence from imaging sources, anatomical studies, and clinical data shows that moderate exercise enhances cognitive processing. It also increases the number of brain cells
The role of active play has been established not just as a part of learning, but as the basis for overall healthy social and emotional development. In America where learning has become a lot more structured and passive, some child education centers are seeking ways to bring physical movement back into the classroom in different ways - whether its dance, yoga, or free play. Schools and early childhood centers that have integrated more movement into the children's day have seen noticeable gains in their student's attention spans.
FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS AGED 2-19 YEARS:
Obesity and Socioeconomic Status