The Importance of Recess
September is best known for three words, back to school. Every school day, millions of children spill out onto their school playgrounds, a perfect time for physical and social activity. When Michael and Pele started The Bennett Foundation, their goal was exactly that, to raise awareness about childhood obesity and promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
The importance of recess is often forgotten. What’s more, recess comes with lifelong values and builds character traits — essential to the development of children because it contributes to their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children participate in 60 minutes of “moderate to vigorous activity per day,” and suggested that recess be part of that. “Recess is a necessary break in the day for optimizing a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development,” the AAP wrote in a 2013 policy statement.
Memories from the playground are a lifelong treasure & the wonderful thing about playground time is that it’s free. Like the goals of the Foundation, primary school (sometimes known as elementary school) encourages youth to engage in activity that will positively impacts their lives!