Why Kids Need JumpStart!

JumpStart! Builds Healthy Habits…

JumpStart! participants learn to love physical activity and healthy play. If children learn to enjoy exercise and physical activity when they are young, studies show they are more likely to exercise and pursue a healthy lifestyle as adults. Conversely, an inactive childhood can be incredibly destructive to future health. JumpStart! sessions consist of age-appropriate exercise/aerobic routines, fitness games, and educational lessons such as nutrition, hygiene, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Most Pre-Schools/Day Care Centers Do Not Provide PE Classes…

Participation in structured physical activity at a young age better ensures a higher quality of life as children grow. Unfortunately, most pre-schools and day care centers do not offer structured physical education activity and curriculum. However, JumpStart! is a mobile operation and classes are taught in participating day care centers, pre-schools, playgroups, and grade schools.

Health Experts Recommend Childhood Exercise…

  • Exercise is a sound and largely risk-free investment in a child’s present and future health…Exercise facilitates weight control, helps strengthen bones, and can improve cardiovascular risk factors…An active childhood may also lay the groundwork for a lifetime of fitness. The Physician and Sportsmedicine- vol 28 - no. 2 - February 2000
  • Kids who feel good about their fitness abilities are more likely to participate in the type of activity necessary to improve health and fitness. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, vol 67, 324-336, 1996
  • Preschool physical education has been shown to assist children at risk of developmental delay/school failure. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, vol 13, 288-300, 1996

The Costs of an Inactive Childhood are Tremendous…

  • For the first time in 100 years, children have a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to the epidemic of obesity. Baylor College of Medicine, 2002
  • Poor diet and inactivity are the second greatest identifiable killers in the United States today. National Center for Health Statistics, 2000
  • Private spending on obesity-linked medical problems mushroomed from $3.6 billion in 1987 to $36.5 billion in 2002. The Journal of Health Affairs, 2003
  • One in three U.S. children born in 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2003