April 05, 2018
Curing A National Epidemic With Physical Literacy And SEL
- Social and Emotional Learning
Source: gettingsmart.com | Re-Post Fight for Life 4/5/2018 –
At the micro level, personal change occurs when an individual throws their proverbial hands up and declares “I’ve had enough” and then commits to being their top self through daily choices and habits. At the macro level, it often happens when things get so uncomfortable that the cataclysmic change has either occurred or is seemingly about to occur.
We are at that point with our nation’s health, especially for children. We have reached this moment by neglecting the whole child and looking at the next generation in pieces segmenting mental health, physical health and intellectual capacity as if we can address one without impacting the others.
The result? This is the first generation of children whose life expectancy will be less than their parents. There is a solution that can help with the global physical and mental health crisis that we are experiencing. The answer lies in a literacy movement, but not one you might suspect.
Physical Literacy (PL) has the capacity to finally have us participate in a race to somewhere. Physical Literacy is the ability, balance, confidence, desire and explorative nature to be active for life. Imagine a blending of health, physical education and school counseling/ psychology with a splash of all other curriculums interspersed.