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Physical Activity Boosts Academic Performance

Physical Activity Boosts Academic Performance
Na Turaga na Tui Vaturova Vilimone Vodonaivalu and the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou during the handing over of the new Vanuavou District School ground in Cakaudrove Province August 24, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News
August 25
10:18 2018

Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitu­bou has reiterated that increasing physical activity and physical fitness improves academic performance.

Speaking at the commission­ing of the Vanuavou Primary School grounds in Vaturova, Cakaudrove Province yesterday, Mr Tuitubou said it was impor­tant set aside a time during the school day for physical educa­tion classes or a physical activ­ity during a curriculum.

“Some academics and re­searchers have also concluded that mathematics and reading are the subjects that are most positively influenced by physi­cal activity,” Mr Tuitubou said.

Mr Tuitubou said teachers knew that children who partici­pated in vigorous or moderate and intense physical activity benefitted the most.

He said from the amount of time allocated for learning, stu­dents should also be provided some time for physical activity.

“Physical education gives more opportunity at an early age to develop hand-eye co-or­dination, muscle and skeleton development, balance, respect, team spirit for all young people.

This includes those with spe­cial educational needs and dis­abilities.

It is also a key to promoting healthy living thus fostering a healthy Fiji.”

Mr Tuitubou said his Ministry promoted school-based sports programmes and it brings about out noticeable positive development and behaviour in students.

“I want to reiterate that sports and physical activity are essen­tial to preventing illness and combating non-communicable diseases to promote mental wellbeing, combat bullying, im­prove academic results as well as build social cohesion.

Teachers and schools need to be agents of this change.”

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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