Imagine if children only learned the letters A-G or to count 1-10. Their ability to perform the basic fundamental tasks required to be contributing members of society would be extremely hindered. So why is it acceptable then that there is a large percentage of our children that lack the ability, or the confidence to perform the fundamental movement skills that are essential to MOVING, LIVING and PARTICIPATING in life?
The U.S. currently spends $305,100,000,000 on obesity related illness.
Kids are dropping out of sports.
“Kids are telling us this is not for me. It might be for you, but it’s really not meeting our needs,” said Mark Hyman, author of three highly-regarded books on kids and sports, including “Until It Hurts: America’s Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids.” Hyman, who is an assistant professor of management at George Washington University, likes to compare the situation to what might happen in the business world with the same kind of fallout. “If 70% of Walmart’s customers walked out of the store and said, ‘This is not for me. I’m not coming back,’ the status quo would not stand. Walmart would figure out a different business model but in youth sports, we seem to be very satisfied with a 70% dropout rate.”
AND inactivity is becoming a major issue.