Since 1985, Michigan has been celebrating April as The Month of the Young Child. During the month of April, we ask that our community and families concentrate on a specific focus, please take this time to reflect on a young child’s physical development– the need for daily exercise, proper nutrition and available health care. Children need proper nutrition and movement to develop healthy brains and bodies.
Physical Activity Results:
- Children maintain a healthy weight
- Reduces risks of stress, depression and developing obesity
- Builds strength, flexibility, and endurance
- Enhances motor skills, social skills, and brain development
- Develops and maintains strong bones
- Children sleep better
- Builds self-confidence as bodies grow
Parents, caregivers, communities and policy makers should pledge this month to ensure all our children have a great start in life. Let’s start now!
Karolyn McEntee, Director of Sanilac Great Start Collaborative.