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Integrating mindfulness into school physical activity programming

Integrating mindfulness into school physical activity programming
Brock Teaching and Learning
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2012
Pages: 37-46
Source ID: shanti-sources-21295
Zotero Collections: Education and Contemplation
Abstract:

Mindfulness is a missing dimension in current school physical activity programs (e.g., physical education, intramural, and interscholastic physical activities). School physical activity programs are a key vehicle used in developing healthy active lifestyles among children and youth; however, the absence of mindfulness in these programs has given rise to numerous problems (such as body-mind dualism and stress) that interfere with attaining program objectives. This paper discusses what mindfulness is, why it is needed, and how mindfulness can be integrated into school physical activity programming. The integration of mindfulness can help develop a healthy lifestyle for a whole child; in turn, our school physical activity programs can be re-conceptualized and transformed to deliver this objective on a perpetual basis.

Subjects: 
Education and Contemplation