MONTANA KIDS COUNT ISSUE BRIEF - VOL 5, NO 1 WINTER 2016
Data shows that our children in Montana tend to be more physically active than their peers in other states, whether it is at home, in school, in the community or in the outdoors. To many of us who live in Montana, this is intuitively obvious given the culture and access to the outdoors. But what difference does being physically active actually make to children? This issue brief looks at how physical activity in all settings can improve the lives of children; active kids tend to be physically healthier, and more emotionally resilient and mentally acute than their sedentary peers. We report on social issues where often Montana kids fare worse than their peers in other states; but, regarding children engaging in physical activities, we are happy to report that Montana kids are doing well.