Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Human Development & Family Science
My capstone project focuses on increasing school-aged children’s awareness about the need for physical activity to improve overall health. There are reports that children’s physical activity has decreased in recent years. Because they spend so much time behind a screen, they do not get adequate exercise and experience feelings of depression and lack of motivation to change their habits. Potential reasons for this could include the COVID-19 pandemic forcing children inside, increased popularity in video games, and an increase in social anxiety due to the pandemic. By focusing my project on swimming-related skills, I hope to increase children’s physical activity levels, while also improving their physical and mental well-being. A study by Wegner et al. (2020) found that physical exercise can reduce diagnosed and undiagnosed depression in children. This study proves that exercise promotes children’s overall health. Physical exercise is good for children between the ages of 7 and 13. My project improved my students’ activity levels and taught them the positive impacts swimming safely on physical and mental health. I incorporated my project into my pre-arranged swim lessons with my students ages 7 to 13 years old by presenting them with information throughout the swim lesson.
Sonni, Fiona, "How Swim Lessons Improve Overall Health in Children Ages 7 to 13" (2023). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 1659.