In this interview, Tamara Antonchyk — the Let Kids Move Project Coordinator — tells us about how the idea for the project appeared, which opportunities and obstacles are there, and what is the future of the Tech4Good movement in Ukraine.
DYVYS.INFO: Almost every student is uncomfortable with a long stay at the desk. Few people know the classmate who was sitting at his desk properly. And who would have thought that a regular school desk could trigger an epidemic of scoliosis, hypotension or obesity. And the problem is rooted in a school where school furniture is not properly adjusted for the proper development of children.
OSVITA.UA: Almost every pupil feels uncomfortable sitting at the desk for a long time. Few people know the classmate who was sitting at his desk properly.
Who would have thought that a regular school desk could trigger an epidemic of scoliosis, hypotension, or obesity? These problems root back to the school where school furniture is not adjusted to the proper development of children.
Many IT professionals and service workers in the modern economy are concerned about the health effects of constant sitting and hypodynamia. Business executives are concerned about employees' health. Yet, it is difficult to change the habit and culture of sitting.
Reflecting on this and looking at the situation in Ukraine, the project team of Let Kids Move! wanted to make a social shift, which would help change the culture of inactive life. They want to let early school children be more active.
Lessons in the 3-B form begin at 8am. In addition to the three or five regular lessons, they also have corrective classes. These include rhythmics, physiotherapy, social orientation and developmental correction. These are special subjects that help children with special needs to adapt to the educational environment, explains their teacher Olena Antsibor.
It is quite obvious that hypodynamia is one of the most acute problems of our time, and it causes many other health problems in both children and adults. It is also quite clear that the studies in this area are important, they should be strongly encouraged, stimulated, and widely reported.

It is very important that Let Kids Move! study is not limited to theory but gives specific applied advice.

We sincerely invite you to a meetup. This research is really needed in today's society.
Volodymyr Bazarnyi, a scientist and an author of the health-saving method of workflow, considers it optimal to stay in one position for no more than 25 minutes.
Now, just think about how much time do you sit in front of your computer? This usually takes hours.
While you are sitting, the muscles of the neck, back, and waist do the static work. They get tired during the day even if you sit comfortably in a modern chair. In this case, it interferes with the blood supply to the organs. As a consequence, you experience fatigue, loss of concentration, and general discomfort.
Let Kids Move! is a national civic movement in Ukraine, which supports transformation in primary school education in order to prevent scoliosis and non-communicable diseases.