BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Students at Bernard Terrance Elementary School are getting a "Recess Reboot" thanks to the American Heart Association (AHA) and Baton Rouge General (BRG) donating new playground equipment to the school.
The "Recess Reboot" refreshes and revitalizes the recess program to make it more enticing for kids to get active. The program provides equipment needed for the school physical education activities.
RECESS REBOOT (at Bernard Terrance Elementary)
- 500 water bottles
- 100 jump ropes
- 100 basketballs
- Playground balls
- $200 gift card to U.S. Games (for additional supplies)
The American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Inactive children are more likely to become inactive adults.
Studies show that health interventions at school positively influence healthy behavior in children.
"Establishing good exercise habits as a child helps makes physical activity more likely as an adult," said Chatisy Thomas, Nurse Practitioner with Baton Rouge General Physicians. "And by staying active, people can reduce blood pressure, control weight, reduce risk for diabetes and improve psychological well-being."
BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
- Control weight
- Reduce blood pressure
- Raise high-density lipoproteins (HDL) or “good” cholesterol
- Reduce risk for diabetes
- Improve psychological well-being
Inactive children are more likely to become inactive adults, but studies show that schools can positively influence healthy behavior in children. Recess provides one opportunity to promote physical activity.
Only five states currently require recess in elementary schools. Louisiana is not one of them. Even so, many schools, including Bernard Terrace Elementary School, offer recess to their students.