The power of play

Kake’s junior high basketball team is playing home games for the first time since 2010. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)

A growing body of evidence shows the health benefits of play.  In addition to the well-known cardiovascular benefits of physical activity, play during childhood may have positive effects on brain development. This week on Line One Your Health Connection, co-host Dr. Jay Butler speaks with a panel of experts, including both pediatric doctors and sports organizations, about on the power of play in early childhood development.

  • Dr. Janet Shen, pediatrician at The Children’s Clinic in Anchorage
  • Dr. Michael Yogman, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Wallace Wilson, Director of Positive Leadership for Active Alaska Youth at the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame


  • Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (10:00 – 11:00am)
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LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. AKDT
REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. AKDT


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