Healthy Habits

Learning new skills like swimming or bicycling and understanding the importance of hydration helps kids make their health a lifetime habit.

“A whole child comes to school each day; not just the test-taking parts.”
– Paul Orfalea

The Audacious Foundation supports programs that improve a child’s confidence, independence, fitness, and safety.

Bicycling

A young rider’s practice of balance builds neural connections during a critical period of brain development. “Learning how to ride a bike brings happiness, confidence, and self-fulfillment through the experience of competence mastery.” The Audacious Foundation partners with local organizations and schools to integrate bicycling into the physical education curriculum.

Bicycling Improves Overall Fitness & Ability to Learn

Bicycling enhances early brain development and reduces both long and short-term risk of diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.

Riding Encourages Exploration & Social Independence

Bicycling helps children develop a sense of direction, place, and geography while allowing them to gain some independence.

Regular Riding Reduces Stress & Attention-Deficit Symptoms

Exercise in general, and bicycling in particular, has a profound effect on mental health and is often used to treat behavioral disorders.

Bicycling Improves Classroom Behavior & Achievement

Exercise and outdoor activity improve concentration, retention, behavior, and cognitive function.

Swimming

Learning how to swim improves a child’s confidence, independence, fitness, and safety. Like bicycling, swimming develops coordination not just of muscles, but also synapses in a child’s growing brain. The Audacious Foundation helps schools and students with in-school swimming lessons.

Learning to Swim Improves Overall Fitness & Saves Lives

Swimming improves cardiovascular fitness, strength, balance, and posture while preventing drowning, one of the most common causes of accidental death.

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Bilateral Cross-Pattern Movements Enhance Brain Development

The bilateral motion of swimming improves coordination in both body and brain by stimulating the growth of nerve fibers between hemispheres. 

Mastery of a New Skill Builds Confidence & Earns Self-Esteem

Swimming lessons provide a real-world opportunity to apply new knowledge, practice skills, and succeed. 

Like All Exercise, Swimming Improves Classroom Performance

According to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, exercise improves concentration, retention, behavior, and cognitive function. 

Hydration

The Audacious Foundation funds water fountains/bottle filling stations along with free canteens so students have easy access to cool, clean water on campus. This prevents the learning-inhibiting effects of dehydration, reduces plastic waste, and builds eco-conscious habits.

Hydration and Learning

Proper hydration is fundamental to basic health. Dehydration significantly inhibits a student’s ability to learn.

Reusable Bottles Reduce Waste

Providing students with water bottle filling stations and reusable bottles reduces the waste caused by single-use plastic water bottles, on a school-wide scale. 

Healthy Hydration Habits

By providing students with the tools for proper hydration, we empower them in learning healthy hydration habits.

Environmental Stewardship in Action

Choosing a reuseable water bottle is a simple, eco-conscious action that students can take to practice good stewardship of the environment. 

Orthodontia

Experience teaches us to not judge a book by its cover, but research reminds us that nearly everyone does. Orthodontia intervention helps children thrive socially and academically, prevents disease, and bolsters self-confidence and self-esteem.

In California, over 500,000 kids missed school for dental problems, but our poorest kids have little access to dental and orthodontic care due to underfunded implementation of Denti-Cal. The Audacious Foundation helps schools and local practitioners provide orthodontic care to children of low-income families.

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Straightening of Teeth Helps Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease

Treatment of crooked teeth eases and improves dental hygiene, leading to fewer cavities and diseases of teeth and gums.

Dental Appearance Strongly Influences Perceptions of Social & Intellectual Ability

Right or wrong, others perceive healthy smiles as evidence of social competence and intelligence. 

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Early Intervention Shortens Treatment Time and Severity

Treatment is begun while the jaw bones are still soft. Because the bones are still pliable, corrective procedures such as braces work faster than they do for adults. 

Poor Oral Health Affects Academic Performance

Untreated students miss more school and experience frequent distracting toothaches and other ailments.