Health and Fitness Benefits

Kids doing sit ups Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves…

  • Strength & Endurance 
  • Helps build healthy bones and muscles
  • Helps control weight
  • Reduces anxiety, depression and stress
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Reduces the risk of developing obesity
  • Increases cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Improves motor performance skills
  • Increases resistance to injury
  • Promotes strong bone, muscle, and joint development
  • Stimulates a positive attitude towards lifetime physical activity
  • Prevents chronic diseases; heart disease, cancer, and stroke
    • (the three leading health-related causes of death)


Academic & Behavioral Benefits

  • Higher grade point averages
  • Better attendance
  • Lower dropout rates
  • Higher standardized test scores
  • Better chance of going to college
  • More time spent on task
  • Improved concentration and attentiveness in the classroom
  • Less likely to smoke cigarettes or use drugs