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Getting kids outside should be a piece of (birthday) cake!

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It’s no secret that the sedentary habits of America’s kids have contributed to our country’s obesity crisis. Programs such as the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative are helping communities get kids to be more active – but we need to continue to create more safe places for kids to play outside. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a great resource for communities to use in the fight against childhood obesity. LWCF uses fees paid by oil companies drilling off-shore to protect parks and public lands and create outdoor recreation...

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Exercise: Getting Started

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Exercise: Getting Started

There is no question that regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do to keep your body healthy and strong. In fact, a large body of research confirms that performing moderate-intensity physical activity on a regular basis can help you live longer and reduce health problems. In fact, people who exercise can avoid many common health issues, including obesity and high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Exercise also strengthens the muscles and bones, which can reduce your risk of osteoporosis as you grow older, and may...

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April 6 is World Physical Activity Day

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April 6 is World Physical Activity Day

World Physical Activity Day began in 2002, when the World Health Organization designated promotion of physical activity as a theme for World Health Day, inspired by the Brazilian movement Agita São Paulo. Proponents are encouraged to download a World Physical Activity Day poster and to organize local events encouraging inclusive opportunities for physical fitness. For some, barriers to a physically active lifestyle include a lack of nearby parks or sidewalks, walking trails, or safe neighborhoods in which to play and walk. Good planning can...

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Do Your Part to Establish a Fit Community

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Do Your Part to Establish a Fit Community

Summertime brings people outside enjoying the sunshine and blue skies. Unfortunately, just because people are outdoors more does not mean they are being active. Many people get in their car, drive to a pool/beach, set out their towel and lie or sit for hours, get back in their car, drive home and sit in their AC while watching the latest episode of their guilty pleasure. This is a day full of inactivity! For some people it is second nature to be active year ‘round. Others may need a push. How can you help your community participate in...

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Fight back for Physical Activity

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The answer is simple: Be active as a family, and talk about healthy lifestyles. Incorporating physical activity into busy family life doesn’t have to be expensive, time-consuming or difficult. The Federal Physical Activity Guidelines state children should be active for 60 minutes per day, and 150 minutes a week for adults. This is as easy as walking or jogging, or as fun as playing capture the flag or shooting hoops. For example, a parent can walk with their children, or dog, for 20-30 minutes after dinner or to school. These activities...

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