Sunday, May 1, 2011

Playground activity vs kids' self-esteem

The relationship between playground activity and the promotion of children’s self-esteem.

There is a general consensus that physical activity reduces the risk of psychological problems in children and fosters their self-esteem.

This consensus is reflected in the Chief Medical Officer’s report (Department of Health, 2004), which stated that a review of available research suggests that the health benefits of physical activity in children are predominantly seen in the amelioration of risk factors for disease, avoidance of weight gain, achieving a peak bone mass and mental well-being.

How might playgrounds reduce the risk of psychological problems in children and promote self-esteem?

Evidence suggests that children who participate in physical activity improve their self-esteem. Indeed, Ekeland, Heian and Hagan (2005) and Gruber (as cited in Biddle and Mutrie, 2001, p186) found that exercise programmes had a significant positive effect on children's self-esteem.

The playground at the Ipoh Polo Ground






7 comments:

SJB AKA SUE J-B. said...

Good exercise for kids.

photowannabe said...

I agree with the whole article. Children, as well as all of us need excercise.

Roger Owen Green said...

Much better than sitting around!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Wanda said...

Exersize is important... I like to
"Sweat with the Oldies" with Richard Simmons.

Jama said...

A great place for kids to burn out those energy, better than sitting in front of the computers or playstation...

Tumblewords: said...

I love seeing kids playing during the day and reading at night. :)

Self Sagacity said...

My kids would love this arrangement.

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