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Play for Youth Through Movement

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

Now, more than ever, it is important we help kids play and move! Kids, tweens and teens today are facing a mental and physical health crisis not seen in decades as they move through continued pandemic related closures, isolation, and uncertainty.

The C.D.C. reported that between March and May of 2020, hospitals across the country saw an increase of approximately 24% and 31% for children aged 5–11 years and adolescents aged 12–17 respectively, compared with those in 2019, in the proportion of mental health emergency visits. The C.D.C. also reports the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s, rising to 20.3% among 6- to 11-year-old and to 21.2% among 12- to 19-year-olds.

Physical exercise helps improve depressive symptoms in youth because moving helps you feel good. Physical movement alone is not what kids, tweens and teens are longing for. They want friends and they want a community they can identify with. Having friends and social connections has life long benefits. nuxcrew programming helps them improve their mental and physical health through movement and peer social connections in a safe, supportive environment.

Youth nuxcrew team members enjoy our program because they get to move and have fun interacting with each other. Some participants enjoy participating before they go to school and say there is no pressure to behave during the zoom sessions as they exercise and move, a pressure they do find during academic class interaction. Parents also enjoy the safety and connivence of at-home participation, which provides a supervised activity that the parent can either observe or take that time for themself.

Check out our open classes and come join the nuxcrew!

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