Lesson 8 discussion

Lesson 8: Physical Activity in Children

Step 1: Discuss the reasons behind the decline in physical activity in many young children’s lives.

Chapter 8 of Child and Adolescent Development discusses the physical health of children, including their need for physical activity. Yet, many children, especially those in middle childhood, do not experience routine physical activity in or out of school environments. Discuss all of the reasons why you think this is the case. Why, in particular, might the decline of physical activity present problems in middle childhood?

Step 2: Provide innovative solutions to help curb the decline of physical activity.

Think about the reasons for the decline of physical activity in children that you provide in the first part of your post. With these reasons and their related challenges in mind, provide innovative solutions that can help children practice routine physical activity both in and out of school.

Consider the following questions when constructing your response:

  • How do we help children get proper exercise within their structured school routines?
  • How do we work against policies and curriculum structures that do not value physical activity?
  • How do we help parents understand the importance of physical exercise and ways to help their children become more active outside of school?