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Sports Matter for All Children to be Physically, Emotionally, and Mentally Healthy!

The HandsOnSports Foundation recognizes that all children need the ability to play sports and improve their health & wellness for life.

The value of sports for children is measured by many organizations across the country, see the interesting facts about our children below:

  • According to the Let’s Move Campaign website, “over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese."
  • The No. 1 reason that kids drop out of sports is because it's no longer "fun," says the new study from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The study, published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, honed in on the factors that made organized sports fun for kids — findings that could help combat the rising risks of childhood obesity.
    • The study found that there were 81 "fun" factors, which ranged from sportsmanship, to team rituals to "swag" (aka medals or cool jerseys). The top rated factors weren't winning or getting medals as you would expect — but being a good sport, trying hard and positive coaching.

"If our goal is to keep kids as physically active for as long as possible, we're looking at organized sport as this solution to a public health crisis," said Amanda Visek, author of the study and an associate professor of exercise science at George Washington University.

  • Children who are active will:
  • Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges — from running to catch a bus to studying for a test.
  • Thirty years ago, kids ate just one snack a day, whereas nowthey are trending toward three snacks, resulting in an additional 200 calories a day. And, one in five school-age children has up to six snacks a day.  Portion sizes have also exploded- they are now two to five times bigger than they were in years past.
  • Beverage portions have grown as well.  In the mid1970s, the average sugar-sweetened beverage was 13.6 ounces compared to today when kids think nothing of drinking 20 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages at a time.”[1]

American Heart Association


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