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Moving Children to Good Health: Physical Activity for Young Children

The Boys & Girls Club of Clifton’s Early Childhood department recently enjoyed a presentation by Melanie Shefchik, MS, RN, CHES, entitled, “Moving Children to Good Health: Physical Activity for Young Children.” Early Childhood staff learned why active play is important to young children—movement increases blood flow, improves mental clarity, increases focus, and enhances memory—children learn better in motion.  As childcare providers, staff discussed strategies focusing on teaching with movement, becoming a role model, working with parents to encourage physical activity, and setting reasonable limits on behavior. After a review of the gross motor skills of 2 to 5 year olds, staff learned how to incorporate physical activity elements into an early childhood curriculum including Language Arts, Math, Arts, and music. Little steps, big impact.

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Boys & Girls Club of Clifton (BGCClifton)

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For over 70 years, we have provided targeted programs that help youth achieve academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.