The Science Of Play.

Is play as natural phenomenon as sleep? University of Alaska Fairbanks exercise scientist Robert “Trey” Coker thinks so. I recently came across an article titled "Science of play at heart of healthier, happier humans," that talks about how "play literally shapes our bodies and our brains." The article speaks about how we want to view physical activity as a normal, every day activity. It also speaks to the negative impact on child's health and that of their community when physical activity isn't part of their life. The article concludes with a quote by Coker, where he says, “The more we can develop a menu of healthy behaviors for kids and a community that supports those behaviors, the better the health and the happiness of the kids and the community will be.” One of the healthy behaviors Coker has researched is a cross-country ski program for 8-12 year olds and I'm wondering what programs are making a difference in your lives and your communities? I'm also hoping you will share your thoughts in the Comments section below. Thanks!

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