Children’s Physical Fitness Not a Top Parent Priority
|April 26, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Health, Youth Development||
A survey from the YMCA suggests that parents may not prioritize the physical health and activity level of their children as highly as other attributes. The nationwide survey of approximately 1600 families found that parents were more concerned about the monetary security and moral values of their children compared to physical activity and fitness levels. Results from the survey, YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot (available as a PDF via the YMCA website), also suggest that the slow economy may have had an impact on children’s physical activity as over half of the families interviewed (52 percent) reported reducing their children’s out-of-school activities due to financial reasons.
With childhood obesity a growing health concern, the YMCA celebrated Healthy Kids Day on April 16 to highlight the importance of kid’s fitness and the relatively small amount of time and resources it takes to find active recreational play opportunities for the entire family. Since outdoor playtime and other physical activity is so important for healthy childhood development, should nonprofits attempt to promote client and employee wellness by incorporating it into existing programming or sponsoring such outings when possible?