Short-term and Long-term Effects of Nutrition and Physical Activity
The short-term and long-term effects of nutrition and physical activity are shown in the figure below:
As illustrated in the figure above, the short term benefits of early childhood nourishment and health maintenance contributes towards brain development, overall growth and muscle development and enhanced metabolic system that includes the production of proteins, lipids, and growth hormones.
In addition, the long-term effects of healthy activity and nutrition leads to better cognitive performance that ultimately contributes towards better academic performance and creativity. Moreover, the long-term effects of healthy physical activity and good diet can develop better immunity and work capacity. In the long run, children reduce the chances of developing heart diseases, obesity, high blood pressure and cancer.
How to ensure that your child gets what he needs?Most parents make the mistake of sending their kids off to preschools and day care centers where children get the least amount of physical activity. Another common practice is to keep younger kids inside the house to avoid environmental allergies and injuries. To make sure that your kids get a healthy diet and ample exercise:
- Choose a day care or preschool institution that offers outdoor playground equipment or school playground equipment for children.
- Make sure that you prepare a homemade lunch with the essential vegetables and fruits according to your kid’s age.
- Inform the day care or preschool staff about how much hours of physical activity your child needs to get.
- Schedule your child’s every day structured and unstructured play activity.