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

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)

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,


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