Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May = National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

10979028721L3Q5nMay is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  However, many people are challenged with finding a convenient, affordable, and safe place to be physically active.  The We Can! materials provide lots of simple suggestions for easily getting more physical activity.

 

Interesting Statistics:

Did you Know?

* Over the past 30 years, the prevalence of childhood obesity has more than doubled among children ages 2-5, has tripled among youth ages 6-11, and has more than tripled among adolescents ages 12-19?  In fact, the most recent government surveys indicate  that about 17 percent of children ages 2-19 years are obese.  An additional 15 percent are considered overweight.  These statistics are important since childhood obesity can increase risk for a wide array of health problems.

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition), a science-based national education program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), helps children ages 8-13 stay at a healthy weight. We Can! offers materials to help caregivers and families encourage children to become more active.

We Can! Make Physical Activity Fun

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/downloads/tips.pdf

Click on the link above, which offers a number of great ideas.  The physical activity ideas include:
• Do something physically active with your kids each day. Take a walk, play tag, or simply dance around the house to your favorite tunes.
• Make new friends that share your interests. Sign up for a fitness program at your local recreation or community center and meet others with similar fitness goals.
• Meet a friend for workouts. Working out with a friend may help you stay on track and encourage you to challenge yourself.

 

We Can! Fit In Daily Physical Activity (Physical Activity Log)

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/downloads/activity-log.pdf

The physical activity log will help all of us schedule and track our physical activity to make sure we fit in regular activity!!

Source: Holly Turner, American Institutes for Research (on behalf of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)

 

Have a great day,

Anthony

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