Physical health improves with the practice of sports in the neighborhoods of Chile
While the new rules of health and sport seek to increase the practice of various disciplines and create more spaces, studies indicate that carrying out activities such as simple and constant games, or playing soccer, with certain periodicity, can generate improvements in the prevention of cardiometabolic diseases of the kids.
One of the major problems facing the ethereal group between 3 and 13 years of our country, is the physical inactivity and the incidence that it has in generating cardiometabolic diseases (diabetes and heart disease, among others). Twenty years ago, we were worried about malnutrition and today we are looking at how we fight against weight gain and its effects on health. To a bad diet are added the lack of sports or play activities that help to balance the excessive consumption of calories.
In this way, Chile ranks 6th in the world and first in Latin America as the country with the highest percentage of childhood obesity according to figures from the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA), which also warns that 70% of Children could suffer from obesity in the short term. For this reason, the sport and promotion of socio-sporting workshops that help exercise physical activity in children from different sectors of the country contributes directly to the health and prevention of diseases that these can develop during childhood and then adulthood.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 180 minutes of physical activity of any intensity in pre-school and 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous activity for school children and adolescents is recommended. However, 7 out of 10 preschoolers do not follow the rule, while 8 out of 10 teens do not.
” It is important that children perform physical activity from a young age to enhance psychomotor and muscular development, preventing health illnesses that are a consequence of inactivity. The recommendation is that the child performs at least five routines a week, doing moderate activities such as jumping, climbing, jogging or riding a bicycle, “explains David Salazar, physical education teacher and territorial coordinator of Fútbol Más.
Today the World Sports Day for Development is commemorated worldwide, a concept that foundations like Fútbol Más have been working for more than 10 years, and where the central focus is to use any sports discipline to improve the conditions of social life and people’s health. Through the implementation of comprehensive programs that promote the development of physical activity and reduce sedentary lifestyles in children and adolescents, the foundation assumes the role and responsibility of protecting children, as well as other factors such as inclusion, development of soft skills and respect for the community.
After a year of work in Fútbol Más in the neighborhoods of Chile, the waist-height index reveals that 74% of children no longer represent a risk of heart disease and only 1% have a state of obesity. ” Since 2014, the proportion of children in Soccer More at risk of suffering cardiometabolic diseases fell to around 18 percentage points. In addition, 80% of them said they had better physical condition and to be more sure of themselves “, explains Fernando May, coordinator of studies of the foundation.
In this way, sport is impacting the health of hundreds of children, and it is no coincidence that the model of using sport to develop improvements in health continues to grow. The challenge is that it be soon, for the sake of the Chilean children.
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