Fit 4 Life NYC is constantly researching the latest data, techniques, and science about youth fitness and nutrition. We believe the facts speak
- 43 percent of school age children in New York City are overweight or obese.
- Physically active children perform better academically, while demonstrating higher self-esteem and more socially-appropriate behaviors.
- The more active a child is at an early age, the more likely it is that child will stay active as an adult.
- A school youth fitness program can have life-long positive effects on a child.
- Sacrificing physical education for classroom time does not improve academic performance.
- Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day.
- Aerobic activity should make up most of a child's 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. This can include either moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or vigorous-intensity activity, such as running. Be sure to include vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least 3 days per week.
- Include muscle-strengthening activities, such as gymnastics or push-ups, at least 3 days per week as part of your child's 60 or more minutes.
- Include bone-strengthening activities, such as jumping rope or running, at least 3 days per week as part of your child's 60 or more minutes.