Editor’s Note: Welcome to the debut of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin’s new Health and Wellness column which will be written by variety of health professionals in the community. This issue’s column is by Dr. Karen Palayew, a pediatrician in Ottawa.
Physical activity, in its various forms, is known to be important for both our bodies and our brains. Organized sports and free play each provide very different but equally important benefits to our overall health and well-being.
Organized sports are valuable in that they integrate physical activity into children’s day-to-day lives, hopefully helping them avoid many age- and weight-related health issues in adulthood. In addition, following rules and the intricacy of a sport alongside peers encourages children to learn self-discipline, the value of teamwork, and strengthens their social skills. It helps them learn about and manage disappointment and failure and the importance of being a part of something greater than themselves, without simply focusing on the win. [Read more…]