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HVP September 2018

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Page 22 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 23 Break up the "sit and learn" routine The typical "sit and learn" routine can be mentally exhausting for kids, often times putting more stress on the brain with less favorable outcomes. Sitting confined at a desk all day may not be the most conducive way to get kids to learn. "Many children learn through multi-sensory techniques," explains Riordan. "Kinesthetic awareness and movement are a major factor in this." "The body as a whole needs to be addressed during childhood development," says Desire Mingst, a Fishkill mom of two with an associate's degree in exercise science and a bachelor's degree in physical education. "We tend to have our schools focus on academics, yet studies have proven that both structured and unstructured physical activity aids in a healthy development." "Greater rates of activity in children have proven to lead to higher test scores and increased cognitive development," explains Stasaitis. With four children currently enrolled in the Arlington school district, Stasaitis finds the two to three days of gym per week falls short of promoting positive learning behaviors. "I don't believe that is nearly enough, especially when the majority of the remainder of the school day is spent sitting behind a desk." Step away from the screen Since kids spend so much of their time using some sort of technology, gym class can be a great avenue to spark interest in physical activities outside of school that could distract kids from their screens. "Children today spend more time in front of TVs, tablets, and phones and less engaged in activities that support their overall health and fitness," says Stasaitis, referring to her experience with students as a coach. "A consistent fitness routine (Continued on Page 24) • Fun, friendly atmosphere • Sedation services available • Treating kids of all needs • Most insurance accepted 3206 Rt. 9W New Windsor, NY 12553 (845) 561-5227 ORANGEPEDIATRICCARE.COM ORANGE PEDIATRIC CARE, P.C. Looking for Quality, Compassionate, Personalized Pediatric Care? Maria Bernardez, MD - Board Certifi cate, FAAP Pediatrician Remember to get your FLU shots early this year!

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