PSY FPX 6030 Assessment 3 Lack of Physical Activity: The Impact on Adolescent Health
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PSY FPX 6030 Assessment 3 Lack of Physical Activity: The Impact on Adolescent Health

PSY FPX 6030 Assessment 3 Lack of Physical Activity: The Impact on Adolescent Health


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PSY FPX 6030 Adolescent Psychology

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With only a quarter of adolescents meeting the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise, as suggested by the American Heart Association, the repercussions on adolescent health are extensive. Factors such as location, available resources, and socioeconomic status significantly influence adolescents’ level of physical activity. Public schools can play a pivotal role in addressing this issue by enhancing physical activity initiatives while upholding academic standards through various innovative, cost-effective, and practical approaches. Differentiated strategies and choices should be implemented to engage students who have not thrived with conventional methods or organized sports. By promoting increased physical activity, adolescents from diverse backgrounds stand to benefit not only in terms of physical health but also in fostering autonomy, self-identity, executive function skills, social abilities, self-regulation, and mental well-being.

Negative Impacts on Adolescent Health

The absence of regular exercise during adolescence is associated with a plethora of health concerns, including heightened risks of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, elevated cholesterol levels, obesity, and diminished fitness levels. Furthermore, inadequate physical activity correlates negatively with gray matter volume in the brain, potentially leading to cognitive impairments and various other complications (Kokubun et al., 2021). The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this issue, with a significant decline in moderate to vigorous physical activity among adolescents aged 10-14 (Nagata et al., 2022).

Addressing Physical Activity Decline in Schools

While elementary schools typically mandate recess and physical education (P.E.) classes, the emphasis diminishes in adolescence, with fewer compulsory recess periods and elective P.E. classes. Shockingly, nearly half of American teenage students do not participate in any P.E. classes per week, and only slightly more than half are active in at least one sports team (Zimlich, 2018). This decline in physical activity is particularly pronounced in low-income communities and among racial and ethnic minorities, underscoring the need for targeted interventions (Fessler et al., 2014; Nagata et al., 2022).

Integrating Academics with Physical Activity

The integration of academics with physical activity presents a promising avenue for addressing the dearth of exercise among adolescents. Regular physical activity not only enhances physical health but also positively impacts mental well-being, reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety while bolstering executive function skills and academic achievement (Jarbin et al., 2021; Hilton et al., 2020). Given the significant amount of time adolescents spend at school, educational institutions serve as ideal settings to promote physical activity while nurturing cognitive and social development.


In conclusion, the majority of adolescents in America fail to meet recommended levels of physical activity, posing significant health risks. Public schools have a vital role to play in reversing this trend by implementing innovative, research-based strategies to increase physical activity while maintaining academic rigor. By integrating physical activity into the school curriculum, educators can foster not only physical health but also cognitive development, social skills, and mental well-being among adolescents.


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PSY FPX 6030 Assessment 3 Lack of Physical Activity: The Impact on Adolescent Health

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