Both recess and physical education in schools promote activity and a healthy lifestyle, and should be a daily break for young children and adolescents.
A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “The Crucial Role of Recess in Schools,” will be published in the January 2013 issue of Pediatrics and released online Dec. 31, 2012.
Safe and properly supervised recess offers children cognitive, physical, emotional and social benefits.
It should be used as a complement to physical education classes, not a substitute, and whether it’s spent indoors or outdoors, recess should provide free, unstructured play or activity.
Its just what kids need to help their minds work harder in school.