National Preschool Health and Fitness Day – January 27, 2023

We celebrate National Preschool Health and Fitness Day on the last Friday in January every year. This year, it falls on January 27. We’re all getting ready to raise awareness and promote healthy lifestyle habits of physical education and healthy eating in preschool children. It’s a day to ensure our preschoolers are moving physically and staying healthy. Did you know that having a healthy, warm, and supportive environment for kids in the early days can help them develop better social skills and build character? So, let’s come together and implant healthy habits in our children through National Preschool Health and Fitness Day.

History of National Preschool Health and Fitness Day

Education in preschools has a huge impact on the later stage of children’s lives. A study by HighScope showed that children who went to preschool were more likely to hold a job, reach higher earnings, commit fewer crimes, and be more likely to continue their education. Moreover, with the growing concerns over childhood obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and malnutrition, it is becoming more and more important to teach the young generation about regular physical exercise and healthy eating. This is exactly what National Preschool Health and Fitness Day aims to achieve. The day is where childcare centers, preschools, parents, local communities, and businesses come together and encourage children to engage in healthy eating habits and physical activities.

National Preschool Health and Fitness Day is the brainchild of The KID-FIT, an organization focused on the health and fitness of preschoolers. Its mission is to develop a habit of regular exercise, sound nutrition, and adequate rest in children of ages two to five. They aim to achieve it through their education curriculum.

Children don’t come with an instruction manual, and it might be hard sometimes to steer children in the right direction, but ensuring a healthy environment and setting up a platform for your child’s future is crucial. So, make sure they get chances to improve their health and fitness. Let’s come together to teach our children about the significance of healthy eating and regular physical exercise and create a healthier community!

National Preschool Health and Fitness Day timeline

1800s
The First Kindergarten

Friedrich Froebel develops the first kindergarten with the belief that children learn best through supervised play.

1965
The First Preschool in the U.S.

Head Start, the first publicly funded preschool program, is created by President Johnson.

1991
Creation of KID-FIT

Michele Silence creates KID-FIT to address the need for early fitness classes for her child.

2013
The Preschool For All Initiative

President Obama expands access to high-quality preschool for every child in America, called The Preschool For All initiative.

National Preschool Health and Fitness Day FAQs

Is preschool education important?

Yes, preschool provides an environment for children to explore and understand how the world functions, which is important for the later stages of their life.

Is preschool compulsory in the U.S.?

No, preschool is not mandatory in the U.S.

What is the right age for a child to join preschool?

Although people enroll children as young as two-and-a-half years in preschool, three years is considered the right age for a child to join preschool.

How to Observe National Preschool Health and Fitness Day

  1. Play with your kiddies

    Take your kids out to the park and play with them. Make them jump, run and walk! If you can’t take your kids out, you can play with your kids at home.

  2. Start a no-cheat day routine

    We all know how much kids love junk food, but try to steer them towards healthy food. Make a day in each week as a no-cheat day where junk foods are not allowed.

  3. Sign them up for yoga

    Yoga is a suitable exercise that promotes physical and mental well-being for both kids and adults. Why not sign them up and let them get the benefits at a young age?

5 Quirky Facts About Pre-schoolers You Didn’t Know

  1. Play is important

    Playtime is important for kids to unwind and is also an excellent way to learn other things apart from classroom studies.

  2. Preschool years develop self-regulation

    The preschool years are crucial for teaching children to focus, wait, and control their impulses.

  3. More preschool years, more skills

    Studies show that children who go to preschool for two years are more likely to do well in school later.

  4. Preschools can do it

    Studies show that preschool can provide better education about health and essential skills in children.

  5. Your support matters

    Children seem to develop and grow better when they have consistent contact with at least three supportive and loving adult influences in their life.

Why National Preschool Health and Fitness Day is Important

  1. The world needs it

    Most people think that fitness is only important for children in their early adolescence or adolescence. However, children can start physical fitness as early as preschool. National Preschool Health and Fitness Day was created to highlight this.

  2. It is a meaningful initiative

    A child’s brain and body undergo dramatic growth from birth until the age of five. So, National Preschool Health and Fitness Day is a great way to raise awareness of raising healthy children.

  3. It teaches us early is better

    This day and its cause is an example that we can correct several issues in the world if it's identified and resolved at the early stages. Take care and keep in mind what issues your child may face.

National Preschool Health and Fitness Day dates

YearDateDay
2022January 28Friday
2023January 27Friday
2024January 26Friday
2025January 31Friday
2026January 30Friday

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