Focus on Fitness

By incorporating daily movement activities into the early childhood curriculum, you help lay the foundation for children to experience an active childhood, which will help them create an active adulthood. In fact, research has shown just how important the early years are to promoting physical fitness and wellness. According to Gabbard (1998), the "window of opportunity" for acquiring basic motor movements is from prenatal to five years of age; for fine motor skills the window is from after birth to around nine years of age. During this period, the brain gathers and stores information and a solid foundation for movement activities is built. At age ten the behavioral development window closes. Here at GBN we incorporate fitness activities in all of our programs and are committed to providing the basis for a healthy and active lifestyle.