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Digital pedometers to combat childhood obesity (20/02/2018)

More than 10,000 steps a day is the figure that marks the digital wrist pedometer of the children of the CRA Alzabara school of Fuente Álamo, the same number that, at the end of the day, they point at a table to control the amount of exercise and physical effort accomplished.

This initiative is called Active Schools, a project with the aim of encouraging mobility among children and that have launched Juan Eugenio Alcaraz Díaz, program director and teacher of Physical Education, and María Sánchez Baños, also a teacher of this subject.

"Facing the scale at the beginning of the course was a sacrifice for some children," Maria commented in the presentation.

According to the World Health Organization, overweight and childhood obesity is one of the most serious problems of the 21st century and, for this reason, the teachers decided to "prevent and act", explained Juan Eugenio.

During the hours of Physical Education and recess times, the students perform the motor challenges proposed by their teachers.

In this way, "through the movement all the plots of the child are removed and they take it as a game when, in reality, they are doing physical exercise," said María.

In addition, activities are also suggested to convert leisure time into an active time, such as walking to school.

"Since we have the pedometers, my friends and I stayed every afternoon and see who gets to get to the 10,000 steps before, we always passed!" Said Andrea, an 11-year-old student.

However, not only the children are motivated, also the families "have been very involved and have helped us to make this work", said the teachers, who have pointed out "constancy and a simple methodology" as the keys to success.

The team of Pediatrics of the Health Center of Fuente Álamo has joined the educational team, who did not hesitate to advise and collaborate in Active Schools.

"This initiative does not have to be limited only to the municipality, it is very interesting for the entire Region of Murcia," said the mayor, Antonio Jesus Garcia Conesa, who took the opportunity to announce the presentation of the idea to the Ministry of Health and counseling of Education.

"Go for the 10,000!"

is the battle cry that parents, children and teachers want to disclose, always pedometer in hand.

Source: Agencias

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