The Benefits of Physical Literacy

Research shows that healthy, well-nourished children are more prepared to learn, more likely to attend school and class, and able to take advantage of educational opportunities.

Shouldnt ALL children have access to healthy food and a place to play indoors & outdoors?

  • Obesity rates tripled in the past 30 years, a trend that means, for the first time in our history, American children face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents.
  • Additionally, we spend $150 billion every year to treat obesity-related conditions, with childhood health care costs rapidly increasing that number.
  • A recent study estimates that 9 percent of all premature deaths worldwide are attributed to physical inactivity.
  • While its essential for everyone to be physically active, focusing on children before the age of 10 could change the trajectory for the next generation.
  • Kids who learn to love being active are more likely to grow up to be adults who are active
  • Universal access to healthy food and physical activity is critical for future generations

At 2-4-1 Sports, our approach to lifelong wellness recognizes the mind/body connection and the value of nutrition and mindfulness as it relates to Physical Literacy.  

As kids, parents, teachers, and administrators work through our P.L.U.S.S. (Physical Literacy Using Sports Sampling) Programming, they will learn how to move, what fuels the body for optimal growth and how to feel good about themselves while having fun. Kids will learn – and stakeholders will reinforce – how what you put into your body affects how you perform. Throughout our P.L.U.S.S. Programming, communities will discover the joy of movement. They will become better athletes, better students, and more engaged members of society. Healthy physical development and a lifelong love of your healthy body can be achieved by becoming physically literate.

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    1. At 2-4-1 Sports, we strive to make physical literacy part of our culture
  • We are working toward physically literate early childhood centers, schools, teachers, coaches, families
  • We already have successful programming in our sports academies

What is 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.
  • Project Play simplified the definition to: Physical Literacy is the ability, confidence and desire to be physically active for life.
  • At 2-4-1 we take it a slight step further and  say Physical Literacy is “the ability, confidence, and desire 2 be active 4 – 1 extraordinary life.”
  • Fuel (good nutrition) is the building block of ability
  • Mental attitude is the building block of confidence
  • Fun is the building block of desire
    1. Fundamental movement and athlete development- Kids prior to age 12 should be engaged in multiple sports. It’s good for physical development.
  • They need to catch, jump, run, swim, and throw. These are the fundamental movement skills necessary for the developing athlete.
  • If you can’t perform these fundamental movements you will not be able to participate in many aspects of movement for life.

At 2-4-1 Sports, we’ve developed a unique approach to incorporating physical literacy into the daily lives of kids. BrainErgizers™ are based on the scientific theory that if you give kids physical activity their ability to focus improves, as well as their executive functioning and time on task.  We work with both George Washington University and UCONN to make these activities developmentally appropriate, mindful and to build self-esteem

    1. Most current solutions to physical inactivity do not focus on getting kids to move more during the school day. Our unique approach to bringing movement into the classroom has the potential to make sweeping changes to the amount of time children are physically active each day. BrainErgizers™ allow and enable ALL school-aged children to be physically active during the school day. The secondary social, emotional, and academic benefits provide additional rationale for this innovative solution. Kids will learn to enjoy physical activity.
    2. Giving kids the right start to the day, allowing them to move, stimulates their brains and makes them better able to focus, and better prepared for success.
  1. If you want kids to learn there has to be a physical literacy component
  2. If we spread the word about physical literacy by creating meaningful relationships with key strategic partners, we know it will result in increased participation in recreation, more performance artists, more people who are active for life and better athletes.
  3. Our programs are socially inclusive, they appropriately challenge and we provide the opportunity to mix successes with failures
  4. Our structured getPLAYing before and after school programming makes a positive impact on the social, emotional and physical health of young people which has an overall positive effect on their academic success

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