Teamwork, Confidence & Accomplishment
Physical activity also promotes a heightened sense of well-being and confidence through both teamwork and individual accomplishments. A study found that children ages 9 and 10 who participate in sports, tend to have a higher sense of self-worth and physical competence than their peers who do not participate in sports.
Experts agree that strategies to promote healthy behaviors in our youth must focus on reducing sedentary activities, ensuring that all youth have access to daily, quality opportunities for physical activity, and providing nutrition education and access to healthy foods. Afterschool programs provide much-needed opportunities to promote and support healthy lifestyles in our youth.