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Children who took part in the grand skiing event do not suffer from insufficient physical activity

According to studies, children spend most of their day sitting. But this morning, this statement was broken by two thousand active children who gave a start to the skiing event of Tartu Marathon with the children’s races in Tähtvere Park.

The mini marathon was also attended by 150 children from substitute homes and safe houses, who covered the courses of “Tiny race” and “Mini marathon”, with distances from 540 metres to 5 kilometres. There were children from Tallinn, Pärnu, Harju County, the City of Tartu and Tartu County, Viljandi County and Sillamäe, Narva and Kiikla in Ida-Viru County.

We know as adults that physical activity influences the development of a child’s body the most, and that the habit of being active supports the habit of learning as well. Our children have trained diligently for quite a few weeks. A part of the training was trying out skis, ski poles and ski boots. Today was the long-awaited day, the culmination of which was the feeling of success on the skiing course.

Many children tried skiing for the first time in their lives this winter. Even the littlest skiers –the youngest skiers were three years old – showed their skills on the course and stood apart with their great will. Before the start was given, quite a few children were certain that they would bring home their very first medal. Five years old Nora, from Harju County, said: “I already have a spot for the marathon medal on my bedside table. I will go to kindergarten on Monday with the shine of my medal dazzling my teachers!”

Managing muscles is the central assignment of the brain. At the same time, studies conducted with children aged 9 to 17 (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2012) show that children spend 70% of their time sitting and 23% of their time engaged in light activity and only 7–8% of the day engaged in moderate or intensive activity. Kristjan Port, Director of the Institute of Health Sciences and Sports, paraphrases George Bernard Shaw: “We do not stop moving due to old age, but old age arrives because movement has stopped. Let us not make our children old too quickly. Help them be physically more active!”

The presupposition of a comprehensive development of a child is physical activity in fresh air, and during winter the joy and pleasure from sporting activities comes mainly from skiing. Under the leadership of the Fund, children from substitute homes and safe houses took part in the children’s races of the marathon already for the third year in a row. Skiing equipment (skis, ski poles, ski boots, clips) of the children staying in safe houses were acquired with the help of 7000 good-natured Estonians, and thanks to the supporters positive energy of sports was shared also with those children who do not have other means for it.

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