It’s hard to believe, but only 3.8% of U.S. elementary schools offer daily physical education classes for their young students, and only nine states require that elementary schools offer recess. How can this be? As any parent knows, the chance to have kids run around and burn up some of their boundless excess energy is good for their bodies AND their minds. To deprive children of that opportunity is to
While the benefits of exercise may be obvious, many people might be surprised to find that brisk walking can add as much as seven years to your life! Recent stories in the Daily Mail, Associated Press, USA Today, and BBC News have reported on the astounding health benefits of brisk walking, as little as 150 minutes a week. Representatives from Harvard University and the U.S. government’s medical research agency analyzed
Perspiration is a key part of the pathway to getting good grades. The results of a recent study, reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, indicate there is a direct correlation between academic success in the classroom and daily physical exercise. This study, which focused on nearly 5,000 students, “found that grades increased in direct correlation with the amount of physical exercise undertaken in the average day.” The bottom
How can you take your community’s talents and use them to make children healthy and active? Monmouth County, NJ, found a way by engaging a variety of health and educational professionals to pilot a “School Health Council” project called, “Action for Fitness in Monmouth County.” In 2010, Monmouth County piloted a School Health Council to promote healthy eating and exercise among schoolchildren, as well as to educate students and families
I have always loved the wintertime, especially growing up in Central New Jersey. I can still remember sitting at our kitchen table with the radio on full blast, listening to the long list of school closings being announced in the hopes of being one of the lucky ones to be able to declare, “YES, we have a snow day!” Things haven’t changed very much now that I’m raising kids of
Every day, Americans take in an average of 100 calories more per day than they need. If we reduce that number, we can halt the rise of obesity by 2020. In May 2010, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation made a commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America to reduce 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace by the end of 2015. On January 9, 2014,
As the seasons change, so can the eating behaviors of our kids. Nestlé, a Together Counts™ partner, with the help of Dietitian Connie Evers, MS, RD, answered some recent questions about children’s food allergies, hunger pains, and energy-boosting snacks. Allergy alert Ages 2 to 5 Q. My 2 year-old son sometimes breaks out in hives an hour or so after he eats breakfast. He often has scrambled eggs and toast.
With the start of 2014 upon us it’s common for many people to set New Year’s Resolutions around living healthier and more balanced lives, following in-line with what Together CountsTM encourages for families all year long. Whether it’s about eating better, being more active, or taking better care of yourself, health and wellness is at the top of our minds. This is a great opportunity to engage children in the process
It may be no surprise to learn that American’s waistlines have been steadily expanding in recent decades – more than 35 percent of Americans are obese, and 70 percent are overweight. Twenty percent of children in the U.S. are estimated to be obese. We’re taking the steps to involve as many stakeholders as possible to create the solution, from parents and schools to food and beverage companies, retailers, non-governmental organizations
One of the best gifts you can give your children is a set of healthy habits that they can take with them into adulthood. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, I realize that getting your family to be more physically active and share more families dinners together can be a difficult task. These four simple steps will help your family develop healthy habits that stay for a lifetime.