Sedentary children become obese, but healthy habits can be learned early in life with systematic attention to diet and activity routines offered by parents, day-care providers, preschool administrators, and teachers. Drawing on her experiences developing the KID-FIT preschool-age fitness programs, the author provides practical, proven age-appropriate diet, nutrition and exercise/activity strategies for youngsters.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain why it is important for preschool children to start learning healthy lifestyle habits
- Identify components of an effective preschool fitness program
- Understand the medical, social and physical benefits of an appropriate fitness program for children
- Apply concepts of child psychology to manage children's behavior in an active setting
- Describe why pediatric obesity has become a worldwide health pandemic
- List five medical consequences of overeating and inactivity for small children
- Demonstrate examples of appropriate exercises for preschool children in regards to strength training, aerobic exercise, stretching and sports skill development
- Explain the role of the adult psyche in the continued growth of pediatric obesity
- Identify nutritional deficiencies common in preschool children
- List exercises that are contraindicated for preschool children
- Understand the difference between adults and children in terms of physiology
- Know the difference in emotional and physical abilities of 2 to 3-year-olds and 4 to 5-year-olds
- Detail what children can realistically learn about the food pyramid and healthy eating
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