Childhood Obesity Has Tripled Since the 1970's and Recess is Almost Non-Existent
Obesity has tripled and recess is almost non existent. Coincidence? Probably not. In 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new policy statement arguing the benefits of recess for a child’s cognitive, emotional, physical and social well-being and that schools should be adding on to recess periods rather than shrinking them.
Unfortunately, many schools aren't paying attention. Their focus is on getting as many academic hours in so they can prepare students to score high on standardized testing.
The AAP's strong statement included, in no uncertain terms that recess should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons. No taking recess away. Not for behavior reasons. Not for homework reasons. Not for any reason.
Recess is a right, not a privilege but the only way things will change is if parents step in to change them. There is power in numbers and the more parents that come together to speak up for children, the faster things will change.
Why recess matters:
1. Recess helps students decompress from the stresses of academic learning
2. Recess gives students a chance to be social and enjoy their school day.
3. Recess increases blood flow to the brain, allowing students to retain the information they learn.
4. Helps improve classroom behavior
Read more about Why Recess Matters here.
What can parents do?
The CDC has a FREE step by step guide with tips on how parents can help.
Here's an awesome video where kids are advocating for themselves.