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Survival of the Fit: How Physical Education Ensures Academic Achievement and a Healthy Life

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From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Getting kids off their devices and outside to play can be challenging these days. Experts say children are supposed to be doing 60 minutes of moderate to physical activity each day, but that has been on the decline in recent years, and especially in this sedentary year of pandemic life.
Air Date: 2/26/21
Duration: 26:07
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Dr. Daniel Fulham O’Neill
DANIEL FULHAM O’NEILL, MD, EdD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine doctor, and sport psychologist. At the intersection of physical health and sports, he has built over 30+ years a successful medical practice and revolutionary education platform that is transforming today’s approach to children’s fitness. His research, presentations, and books have consistently challenged the status quo, inspiring educators nationwide to discover and nurture the athlete in every child.

Dr. O’Neill currently practices at The Alpine Clinic, the largest orthopedic practice in Northern New Hampshire. As a physician, he worked with a diverse patient list that included the U.S. Ski and Ski Jumping Teams, Plymouth State University, and Burke Mountain Ski Academy. After appreciating the importance of mental preparedness and rehabilitation was missing from the world of sports medicine, Dr. O’Neill went back to school to study sport psychology so he could better help his patients heal—both in body and mind. A noted thought leader, he speaks and writes on the topics of the exercise mindset, sports psychology, optimizing athletic performance, rehabilitation & recovery, and motivating the ‘non-athletic’ child from within. His first book, Knee Surgery: The Essential Guide to Total Knee Recovery was published in 2008 and continues to be recognized as one of the top sports medicine books for knee rehabilitation available today.

Daniel Fulham O’Neill holds doctorates in Medicine and in Exercise and Sport Psychology. He lives the active lifestyle he inspires, always finding great adventure hiking, biking, and skiing in the White Mountains with his wife, Patty, and two rescue dogs, Lenny and Carlos.

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Survival of the Fit: How Physical Education Ensures Academic Achievement and a Healthy Life

Getting kids off their devices and outside to play can be challenging these days. Experts say children are supposed to be doing 60 minutes of moderate to physical activity each day, but that has been on the decline in recent years, and especially in this sedentary year of pandemic life. 20% of American kids even meet the criteria for obesity.

Dr. Daniel Fulham O’Neill is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine doctor, and sport psychologist. At the intersection of physical health and sports, he has built over 30+ years a successful medical practice and revolutionary education platform that is transforming today’s approach to children’s fitness.

He talks with Dr. Susanne about rebranding physical education, the importance of getting outside wherever you are, encouraging play in our kids, segregating students into athlete and non-athlete, and where we can go from here.