Today's youth spend too much time sitting down in front of the computer, watching television, or playing video games. I have decided to host a field day event in order to stimulate more physical activity in our youth in Columbia MO. The interaction of different neighborhoods across the city promotes a more diverse youth. Pledge to Physical Fitness Field Day target participants from local community centers, local shelters, homeless children, as well as after school programs of middle schools across the city. This is the first time in the history of Columbia Missouri that a student led organization has called upon the whole city's youth to pledge to increase the amount of physical activity per day to 60 minutes. I plan to make this an annual event because it gets the youth out of the house and get them more interested in living a healthy lifestyle.
According to the C.D.C. VERB® campaign, youth participation in sports has declined. The average amount of time a (9-13) kid participates in physical activity in a day has drastically decreased from 52 minutes day (2000), to 40 minutes per day (2010). High school students’ physical activity is dropping as well. Only 18 percent of the students interviewed have their daily 60 minutes a day recommended physical activity. If the 10-13 year old children do not increase their physical activity to 60 minutes a day it is projected that by the year 2020 they will be more at risk to: early death, coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancer, falls, and Depression. However, completing 60 minutes a day of physical activity could: improve bone health, improve cardio respiratory and muscular fitness, decrease levels of body fat, Reduce symptoms of depression.
With currently over 2000 kids per year dying from poor health practices this can easily lower that number tremendously if other communities would adopt the pledge to physical fitness field day event. My goal is to make this a national campaign. But we can only start with one community at a time.