We believe in the positive relations between physical activity, nutrition, self-esteem, happiness, social and cultural integration, and the economy.
Urban Georgians lack sufficient places to play and learn healthy nutrition. Obesity is a recognized nationwide epidemic, and its cause is clearly linked to a lack of physical activity and poor eating habits. Atlanta ContactPoint aims to attack this epidemic head on – starting with good, old-fashioned play and incorporating the importance of nutrition, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship.
Did you know?
- Atlanta ranks 63rd nationally in park acreage
- Roughly 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese and another 13 percent are overweight
- For years, schools have been eliminating recess to spend more time on math and reading
- The implications of play deprivation are substantial, because play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children beginning in early childhood
Play allows children and adults to engage creativity and imagination while developing physical, cognitive, and emotional strengths. It increases their capacity to store new information, as their cognitive capacity is enhanced when they are offered a drastic change in activity, and it offers an opportunity for parents to view the world from their child’s perspective as they engage fully with their children during playtime.
“Play is the highest form of research.” — Albert Einstein