Mental Health Benefits

  • Increase test scores for school age children

Children learn better and more quickly when their efforts toward a task are distributed rather than concentrated or when they are given breaks during tasks. Exercise enhances the brain’s metabolism. Studies show that active children have improved memory as a result of better brain function. Moderate, fun-oriented exercise increases the release of beneficial hormones; some of them act as neurotransmitters for establishing new memories. Moreover, active children have the ability to concentrate much better, even at the end of a long school day.

  • Improve mental health

Although the evidence is mixed, regular physical activity has the potential to promote psychological health in children and adolescents (e.g., improve their self-esteem, reduce their level of anxiety and stress). Participating in regular physical activity appears to enhance self-esteem and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in children and adolescents with emotional disorders or developmental disabilities.

  • Enable students to learn/practice good character trait

Children need to learn to be social creatures. Recess may be the only time during the day when children have an opportunity to experience socialization and real communication. Neighborhoods are not what they used to be, so once the school day ends, there may be little chance for social interaction. Additionally, while in school children are generally not allowed to interact during class. Some school policies even prevent children from talking to one another during lunch. How can children with so few opportunities to socialize and communicate be expected to live and work together in harmony as adults?

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