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At Fitness Finders, Inc., our physical activity emphasis is dedicated to encouraging young people to be physically active and fit, now and in the future.

Our philosophy is that if young people are active in their youth, they will have enhanced youth and adult health. We also believe that if young people are active in their youth and have positive physical education, recreation and sport experiences, there is a much greater likelihood that they will be active as adults.

The schematic below demonstrates these relationships based upon current scientific evidence.

Youth Physical Activity Model


Influence of Youth Physical Activity on Youth Health,
Adult Physical Activity and Adult Health
How ratings (weak, moderate, strong) were achieved

Adult Activity's Impact on Adult Health
  • Reduced overall premature mortality
  • Reduced incidence of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduced incidence of certain forms of cancer
  • Reduced incidence of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
  • Reduced incidence of osteoarthritis
  • Reduced incidence of osteoporosis
  • Reduced incidence of obesity/overweight
  • Less likelihood of falling
  • Enhanced mental health
  • Enhanced quality of life
  • Enhanced physical fitness/performance
Association: Strong

Youth Activity's Impact on Youth Health
  • Reduction of cardiovascular disease risk factors
  • Enhanced growth and development
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Enhanced physical fitness/performance
  • Reduced obesity and overweight
  • Reduced incidence of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
Association: Moderate to strong

Youth Activity's Impact on Adult Health
  • Reduced incidence of osteoporosis later in life
  • Reduced incidence of breast cancer later in life
  • Reduced number of risk factors
  • Enhanced muscle development
  • Physical education taught by physical education specialists through elementary school reduces the chances of young boys smoking
Association: Moderate

Youth Activity's Impact on Adult Activity
  • Greater acquisition of motor skills in youth means there is a greater likelihood that a young person will be physically active as adult.
  • Enhanced knowledge and experience in the area of activity
  • Physical education taught by physical education specialist through elementary school means girls are more likely to become active women
Association: Weak to moderate

Youth Health's Impact on Adult Health
  • Less incidence of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
  • Later onset of the incidence of obesity and overweight
  • Fewer cardiovascular disease risk factors
Association: Weak to moderate

Conclusion:
Youth physical activity has a moderate impact on youth health, adult activity and adult health.

So what? Get your child started on the road to adult activity, health and well-being with a daily dose of physical activity.
 
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