Physical Activity and Health Promotion in the Early Years

Effective Strategies for Early Childhood Educators

  • Hannah Brewer
  • Mary Renck Jalongo

Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Foundations of Physical Activity and Health Promotion in Early Childhood

  3. Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies that Promote Physical Activity and Health During Early Childhood

  4. Physical Education Programs and Preservice/Inservice Teacher Education

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 285-292

About this book


This book focuses on improving well-being among young children. It provides a theoretical base explaining why physical activity is important, and offers practical strategies for increasing health and well-being in early childhood settings. It takes ancient wisdom on the mind and body connection, applies it to the youngest children, and supports it with current empirical and international evidence—all with an eye toward improving wellness across the lifespan. The many topics discussed in the book include children’s motor skills, movement, interaction, physical literacy, the use of video games, dog ownership, developmental delays, as well as strategies to improve physical activities in the classroom and broader contexts.

In recent years, children’s health has become a priority worldwide. Topics such as “screen time” “sedentary behavior” and “childhood obesity” have become important issues everywhere- in the news, in schools, in community and commercials settings, and among health care providers. Limiting sedentary behavior, increasing physical activity, and maintaining a nutritious diet are three fundamental needs during early childhood. Preschool years are a time when children begin to explore the world around them, and develop more vivid understandings of their surroundings. As this book shows, the early years may be the best time to teach wellness concepts and assist young children in establishing healthy lifestyle habits.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hannah Brewer
    • 1
  • Mary Renck Jalongo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physical and Health EducationSlippery Rock University of PennsylvaniaSlippery RockUSA
  2. 2.Journal and Book Series Editor SpringerEmerita, Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76004-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76006-3
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