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At Evolve Functional Fitness, our Youth Program is designed to help kids build the confidence and competence to move and stay active. Most importantly, we want them to enjoy it so that it’s something they WANT to do; building a positive relationship with health and fitness that will last a lifetime.

“We can’t always build a future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

How Often Should Children Be Active

* Guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services say that children and adolescents age 6 and older need at least an hour a day of moderate or vigorous physical activity

* School age kids and teens (6-17) should aim for at least 60 minutes a day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity

* Children 3-4 years of age should spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity, of which at least 60 minutes is moderate- to vigorous intensity physical activity, spread throughout the day; more is better.

* Children should also participate in muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activities at least three days a week.

* Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (e.g., TV, video games, computer)

* Only one in three children are physically active every day.

* Parents of preschool age children (3-5) should aim for about 3 hours per day of a variety of activities -light, moderate and vigorous.

How children will benefit from consistent active play

* Physically active kids also are more likely to be motivated, focused, and successful in school. And mastering physical skills builds confidence at every age.

* Other benefits include improved aerobic fitness, muscle strength and endurance in children ages 6 to 17, improved bone health and weight status in children ages 3 to 17, and reduced risk of depression in children ages 6 to 17.

* Incorporating physical activity into your child’s daily routine sets the foundation for a lifetime of fitness and good health

* Active kids are more likely to:

* have up to 40% higher test scores

* 15% more likely to go to college

* Have 7-8% higher annual earnings

* Have lower health costs

* Be more productive at work

* Have reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes

* Children ages 6-13 can also have improved cognitive function, such as thinking and memory skills, with regular physical activity.

* Insufficient physical activity is a key risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes

* More than 80% of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active

* Not getting enough physical activity can lead to:

* energy imbalance (e.g., expend less energy through physical activity than consumed through diet) and can increase the risk of becoming overweight or obese

* higher risk of cardiovascular disease, including hyperlipidemia (e.g., high cholesterol and triglyceride levels), high blood pressure, obesity, and insulin resistance and glucose intolerance

* higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes

* higher risk of developing breast, colon, endometrial and lung cancer

* low bone density, which can lead to osteoporosis

* Vigorous-intensity activities make children sweat and feel “out of breath,” so that they can only speak a few words between breaths. These can include activities like running and swimming fast or for a long time.

* An estimated 6.4 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies have shown that green outdoor settings appear to reduce ADHD symptoms in children, which includes the exposure they get to natural settings like parks and beaches through weekend and after-school activities.