Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Get Fit!

Exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways to prevent heart disease.  Can you find a way to incorporate cardiovascular exercise into your schedule?  Can you actually follow the Play 60 recommendations?  For this challenge, you have to be active for 60 minutes a day for a minimum of three days.  You need to do something out of the ordinary - try a fitness class,  go for a run, walk the dog...anything that you are not use to doing.  It is helpful to take this challenge with a group of friends or family.  Discuss what you did and write a brief reflection on the experience.  Explain why exercise is important for cardiovascular health.


Attend one of the UTSW sessions this month either on Monday, January 28 to hear from a Pediatric Nurse or on Monday, February 25 to learn about melanoma.  Discuss your thoughts about what you learned and what you thought of the experience of attending a medical school seminar.  Don't forget to RSVP to the event on the class website.

NFL Play 60

The NFL's campaign PLAY 60 encourages youth to exercise and be active for 60 minutes a day.  

"Enter for a chance to win a visit from the NFL PLAY 60 Bus at your school or community center. Tell us what your community needs to help kids from Kindergarten to 8th grade PLAY 60 every day and stay active and healthy - your school or community center may end up winning just what you asked for!"   

Write a brief essay that answers these two questions.  Be creative and original 

What's the biggest challenge facing your school/center's health & wellness efforts? 

How can the NFL and the NFL PLAY 60 Bus make your community a better place for kids to get active and healthy?

Cardio Health Challenge

Can you become heart healthy for 5 days?  Choose one or more of these 5 Day Challenges to improve your heart health.  Try to convince family or friends to join you.  It's only 5 days!

Was it difficult to complete?  What was the most challenging part?  Do you think you will continue?  Why is it necessary for heart health?

Challenge 1:  No fast food or anything FRIED 

Challenge 2:  Replace white flour with 100% whole wheat

Challenge 3:  No processed food! (This one requires some work!)  

You can take any of the mini pledges from the 100 Days of Real Food blog