Is your child playing enough?

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Play has a crucial role in brain development among children as shown by various researches, supporting intellectual, emotional “” and social abilities.

By DR JUSTINE ODIONYI

Promotion of physical activity among adults has elicited a lot of attention in the recent past. People are learning the importance of staying active, taking up a sport, walking, jogging or going to the gym. Children on the other h”” and are expected to naturally not have a challenge with physical activity since in our traditional set-up physical play time was more than enough.The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines physical activity as any body movements produced by skeletal muscles “” and results in energy expenditure. Physical activity can be achieved through working, doing household chores, engaging in leisure activities “” and physical play. WHO further explains that it is beyond exercise, which is planned coordinated movements “” and is a subset of physical activity.

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