Did You Know?

Did You Know

  • Physical play is absolutely vital to children’s brain development; offering children stimulating outdoor environments and time to play freely are two of the best ways to ensure that children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
  • Fewer than 1 in 4 children get 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week. On average, children in L.A. County child care centers spend less than 25% of their day outdoors, and only about 2% to 3% of that time in vigorous play activities.
  • Nearly 200 studies on the effect of exercise on cognitive functioning suggest that physical activity supports learning.
  • 36% of children in L.A. are overweight.
  • One in three California children born in 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more.
  • Children aged 1–3 need 1,300 calories a day. A Big Mac with cheese and a large order of French fries from McDonalds contains 1,154 calories.
  • 60% of children a year old have dessert or candy at least once a day.
  • Only 4.1% of states require recess in elementary school.
  • Obese children rate their quality of life with scores as low as young cancer patients on chemotherapy.
  • Poor diet and inadequate physical activity are the second leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • 80% of prescribed amphetamine drugs are used on children; 8 million American children are on prescribed drugs for behavior/learning challenges.
  • Children under the age of 6 spend as much time in front of television, computers, and video games as they do playing outside; 68% of children under 2 spend over 2 hours per day in front of a T.V. and/or a computer screen; the American Academy of Pediatrics discourages any TV for children under 2 years of age.