“Physical inactivity is now identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Physical inactivity levels are rising in many countries with major implications for the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the general health of the population worldwide.”
– World Health Organization
Cost-cutting reductions in physical activity programs in schools is contributing to a global crisis of childhood obesity and sedentary behavior. WinTogether believes it is essential for children to be physically active throughout the school day. We provide physical activity programs for all students in all types of school settings. Our annual Undokai program is centered around families and community participation.
WinTogether fully endorses WHO’s “Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health”.
Recommended levels of physical activity for children aged 5 - 17 years
For children and young people, physical activity includes play, games, sports, transportation, chores, recreation, physical education, or planned exercise, in the context of family, school, and community activities.
In order to improve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone health, and cardiovascular and metabolic health biomarkers:
Children and youth aged 5–17 should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.
Amounts of physical activity greater than 60 minutes provide additional health benefits.
Most of the daily physical activity should be aerobic. Vigorous-intensity activities should be incorporated, including those that strengthen muscle and bone*, at least 3 times per week.
*For this age group, bone-loading activities can be performed as part of playing games, running, turning or jumping.