The Importance of a Physically Literate School

Infusing Physical Literacy into your School can have a significant, positive impact on behavior, performance, and student satisfaction.

  • What is school-based physical literacy? It is the mastering of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that permit a child to read their environment and make appropriate decisions, allowing them to move confidently and with control in a wide range of physical activity situations.
  • Exercise improves mood and sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Parts of the brain that control thinking and memory (the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal cortex) have greater volume in people who exercise versus people who don’t.
  • Mental breaks in our days are key to performance and creativity.

It is the embodiment of the notion of “food as fuel”- when people understand what goes into their bodies and make confident choices the health benefits are astounding-this is how you prevent health-related illness AND substance abuse.

It is the embracing of mindfulness as a tool for self-regulation. Kids and the adults in their lives, need to learn the importance of mindfulness as the key to wellness.

Studies show that “mindfulness interventions can improve mental, emotional, social, and physical health and wellbeing.”