Shape Your Future, a program of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), encourages students and families to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines.
National Bike and Walk to School Day on May 4 could be a good day, especially for kids to get more active. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. In addition to good nutrition, healthy physical activity can reduce the risk of problems later in life, including type 2 diabetes. Active students also improve their self-confidence and self-esteem.
“With research showing that physically active children are more likely to grow into physically active and healthy adults, it is essential to develop the habit of regular physical activity at an early age,” said Julie Bisbee, director general of TSET. “Staying active lowers stress levels, improves sleep quality, strengthens the immune system and helps kids do well in the classroom.”
She added that riding a bike or riding to school should also be a lot of fun.