... that inactivity may be a greater contributing factor to childhood obesity than diet
... that 80% of obese teens go on to be obese adults
... that quina, a South American grain, is the only plant that is considered to be a source of complete proteins
... that raising your arms shoulder height increases your heart rate
... that this is the first generation of kids that is not expected to live to be as old as their parents because of insufficient activity and poor nutrition
... that get E.F.S. in Phys. Ed. does not refer to a failing grade but Endurance, Flexibility, and Strength ...components of health related fitness ...
... that in line dancing ... no one ever has to worry about not having a partner
... that T'ai Chi is a form of exercise ... not a martial art form or self-defense
... that HAG stands for Heredity, Age, and Gender ... risk factors for heart disease you can not control
... that GYM stands for Get Yourself Moving
...that a simple definition for kids of "being fit" is saying that you eat well, get lots of physical activity, and has a healthy weight. Your body works well, feels good, and can do all the things you want to do. (www.kidshealth.com)
...that exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learng. That's according to Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, John Ratey, author of the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and Brain. "Every 10 minutes of activity changes your brain."
... that NASPE ... the National Association for Sports and Physical Education has a new "fighting slogan" ... get your G.A.M.E. on ... Get Active ... Move and Exercise
... that GYM can stand for ... Get Yourself Moving
... that the sale of the yellow Livestrong wristbands has now reached over 70,000,000 ... the original goal was 6,000,000 ... and they thought that would be a stretch ... summer of '10 Nike announced that with the sale of the Livestrong bands and profits from Livestrong athletic gear, Nike and the Livestrong foundation have raised over $80,000,000 for cancer research!!
... that there are 3 types of athletes ... competitive (their goal is to win/out perform others), fitness (their goal is to be fit), and social (their goal is to be with their friends/have a good time) ... regardless of type ... all can achieve fitness
... that lack of exercise is second only to smoking as a health risk.
... that The USS Abraham Lincoln has five gymnasiums on the ship and a basketball league with 22 teams.
... that a little under one quarter of the people in the world are vegetarians.
... that not exercising is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day
... that 1 out of every 4 kids in the USA is overweight
... that there is another weight classification above obese ... morbidly obese ... people in this category have a significantly increased risk of dying prematurely due to complications caused by their excessive weight
... that the new term to describe people who exercise to reduce their risk of injuries and illnesses as a result of low fitness levels is "fitness athletes". Those people
who train to do well in a particular sporting event are termed "competitive athletes."
... that the current middle school students are predicted to be the first generation of kids that don't live to be as old as their parents will.
... that instead of the "10,000 steps a day" that has been offered as a general rule of thumb to develop a preventive level of cardiovascular fitness that research
shows that middle school girls should get about 12,000 steps a day and that middle school boys should get about 14,000 steps a day.
... that a newer, simpler way for people to determine whether or not they are exercising hard enough to make their heart and lungs stronger is to simply ask
themselves these two questions ... "Am I sweating?" ... "Am I breathing harder than usual?"
... that the term "Inactivty Disorders" refer to those diseases and disorders associated with not getting enough activity/exercise. Some of these diseases/disorders include high blood pressure, elevated levels of bad cholesterol, coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, obesity, Type II diabetes, certain types of cancers, stress, depression, increased risk of skeltomuscular injuries,fatigue, increased risk of falling.
... that approximately 300,000 people die each year from what is now being termed Sedentary Death Syndrome ... people are dying because they sit around and do nothing!
... that bowling, one of the country's most popular recreational activities, has been around for over 7,000 years.
... that women's hearts beat faster than men's. www.amusingfacts.com/facts/Health_and_Body
... that people who suffer from gum disease are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack
... that being angry weakens your lungs. (AOL Health/WebMD)
... that pudgy toddlers face a good chance of becoming overweight 12-year-olds. (AOL Diet and
... that a person who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day will on average lose two teeth every ten years.
.. that you need to exercise your brain to keep it healthy ... just like the rest of your body. Some "healthy games for busy brains" include word searches, cross word puzzles, sudoku, scrabble, boggle ... even just reading and discussing what you read with someone else can help.A person who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day will on average lose two teeth every ten years.
... that bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by ...
... that Alaska is the state that has the highest percentage of people who walk to work
... that Coca Cola was originally green.
... that the word "GOLF" stands for "Gentlemen Only ... Ladies Forbidden."
... that putting a dryer sheet into a pair of sneakers will help to eliminate odor.
... that eating a source of calcium with an acidic drink, like O.J., helps in the formation of bones and bone strength. Vitamin C helps to build bones and D helps the body's ability to absorb calcium. That's why most O.J. companies offer O.J. with Calcium added.
... that almonds are considered the healthiest nuts. They have 9 times more monounsaturated fat than saturated fat; contain protein, calcium, iron; have no cholesterol, and are a good cource of Vitamin E which helps protect against stroke and cancer. (Joan Sabat, Ph.D., Women's Health, April 2006, p.35)
... that alcohol, dairy, wheat, tea, oranges, apples, onions, pork, and beef have been identified as common foods that may trigger migraines. An IgG antibody test can identifiy specific food sensitivities. (Women's Health, April 2006, p.35)
... that 3500 calories equals a pound ... and that you can lose weight by decreasing your intake, increasing your level of activity ... or a combination of the two.
... that walking 10,000 steps a day is roughly the equivalent of 30 minutes of moderate activity.
... that it is NEVER too late to start exercising. Depending upon your age and or fitness level you may need to consult a physician prior to beginning an exercise program.
... that heart disease is the number one killer of women 25 and older ... and yet only 13% realize they are at risk (USA TODAY, February 1, 2006).
... that poor dental health may have an affect upon your cardiovascular health.
... that scientific evidence shows that acupuncure can relieve many kinds of pain ... but ... there's no agreement on HOW it works. (Time, December 5, 2005).
... that your waist measurement may be a better indicator/predictor of heart disease than the Body Mass Index. (Time, December 5, 2005)
... that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States
... that 87% of teachers and 77% of parents believe that schools SHOULD NOT ELIMINATE PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES to concentrate on stricter academic standards (www.nutritionaid.org)
... that roughly 50 per cent of what doctors know today will be obsolete in 5 years (Women's Health, November/December 2005, p. 42.)
... that panko ... Japanese bread crumbs ... are coarser and lighter than traditional bread crumbs ... keep food crunchy even when baked instead of fried .. and are virtually fat free.
... that men ... as well as women ... can suffer from breast cancer
... that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
... that an estimated 10 million Americans suffer with osteoporosis ... AND ... of that 10 million ... 8 million are women.
... that you can "chunk" aerobic activities. If you don't have 20 to 30 minutes you can set aside during the day for an aerobic workout ... you can still gain some cardiovascular benefits by taking 5 to 10 minutes here and there to add up to a total of 20 to 30 minutes.
... that the term "adult onset diabetes" has been replaced by simply "Type II Diabetes" because it is being increasingly diagnosed in younger people ... including adolescents.
... that over 60 million "Livestrong" yellow bands have been sold to raise money for cancer
research ... and ... that every dollar for the purchase of a band goes directly to cancer research.That means that the sale of "Livestrong" bands has raised over 50 mllion dollars for cancer research.
... that there's a new formula being recommended for determing Maximum Heart Rate ... instead of subtracting your age from 220 ... researchers now recommend this formula:
207 - (.7 x your age) = Maximum Heart Rate
... that Lance Armstrong's resting heart rate is 32-33 beats per minute. The average man his age has a resting heart rate of 60.
... that there isn't one type of cancer that someone hasn't survived
... that recent studies have found coffee is rich in antioxidants and contains hundreds of pain relieving and antibacterial compounds.
... that second hand smoke ... in addition to leading to asthma and behavioral problems in kids, also seems to depress children's scores on math, reading, and problem-solving tests that involve vision and motion. According to a Cincinnati Children's Hospital Center studey, smoke seems to decrease young people's IQ's from to 5 points. Nicotine is the suspected culprit in damaging brain cells. (Health, May 2005, p. 46.)
... that new legislation in Texas and New York would require annual body-mass index testing for students. Private reports will go directly to parents and ALL students will receive weight-management information. (Health, May 2005, p. 54.)
... that Kraft foods said it would stop marketing some junk foods to children under 12.
... that women who wear pedometers walk about a mile more each day than women who don't
.. that in addtion to milk, cheese, and yogurt, calcium is also found in legumes, tofu, calcium enriched orange juice, and some green-leafy vegetables. You should have at least three servings of calcium every day. (National Dairy Council).
... that more than 500 people die due to the effects of heat illness each year. Illnesses can range from dehydration to muscle cramping to moreserious conditions such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Warning signs include dry lips and tongue, headache, weakness, dizziness or exhaustion, dark urine, nausea and cramping. The American Medical Athletic Association recommends that adults follow these fluid guidelines: 17 - 29 ounces before activity, 7 - 10 ounces every 10 to 20 minutes during activity, and 20 ounces of fluid within the first two hours following activity. In general ... one gulp of fluid equals 1 ounces. They stress that nearly 100 percent of heat illnesses are preventable by drinking enough of the RIGHT fluids (water and sports drink). (BIKE MIDWEST, April, 2005, p. 4.)
... that research done by the Universities of Essex and Sheffield (England) showed that
people who volunteered were healthier and reported more satisfaction with their lives than people who did not volunteer.
... that some top badminton players can smash a shuttle (birdie) as fast as 200 mph. That's twice as fast as the best baseball pitchers can throw a baseball.
... that smoking is the number one cause of premature dying in the U.S.
... that included in the list of "extreme sports" are inline skating, skateboarding, artificial wall climbing, snowboarding, moutain biking, and wakeboarding.
... that SGMA International's Superstudy of Sports Participation lists baskestball as the most popular team sport in the U.S. followed by voleyball (court, sand, grass), football (tackle and flag), soccer (indoor and outdoor), softball (slow and fast pitch), baseball, cheerleading, and ice
... that swimming is considered by many fitness experts to be the best all around exercise. It works the cardiovascular system as well as the skeleto-muscular system and avoids stress on the joints because of the bouancy of the water.
... that 28 states have laws that regulate the use of tanning beds by people under the age of 18.
... that New Hampshire just passed a law that requires anyone under 18 to have signed, parental permission before they are allowed to "fake bake" (use a tanning bed)
... that bilinguals (people who can speak more than one language) have more gray matter than monolinguals.) A study done at Universtiy College London also found that even people who picked up a second language at age 35 saw an increase in gray matter density.
.. that eating an apple a day may help to combat neurogenerative disease (diseases that affect your cognitive abilities). Onions, plums, and berries are other foods that might prove helpful.
... that walking 3,400 steps a day for a month could help you: lose 3.3 pounds, reduce your body mass index (BMI) by .6, drop your waist circumference by 1 centimeter (2.54 cm. = 1 inch), drop your resting heart rate by 4 beats-per-minute, and burn 11,550 extra calories.
... that the prevalence of youth obesity has nearly tripled for adolescents in the past 20 years.
... that the U.S. Surgeon General says that 300,000 americans die prematurely every year from causes related to obesity.
... that obesity kills more people than AIDS.
... that broccoli and its vegetable kin - cabbage, cauliflower, brussel srpouts, mustard, kale,
and collard greens have the extraordinary power to fight cancer.
... that according to a survey conducted by NASPE (National Associatin for Sports and Physical Education) 95% of parents believe that daily physical activity help their children perform better academically.
.. that a study at the University of North Carolina foud that a lack of physical activity, rather than overeating, is the main reason for the weight problem of many American teens.
... that low levels of cardiovascualr fitness and physical activity are associated with coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and certain cancers.
... that walking a mile burns about 100 calories
... that a medium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Flurry from Dairy Queen contains over 900 calories
... that in 2001 the CDC estimated that 61% of Americans were overweight and that 27% ... that's a little more than one out of every 4 Americans, were obese.
... that the Center for Disease Control released a report in early 2004 that showed that unhealthy habits, including poor nutrition and inactivity, are fast approaching tobacco as the top underlying preventable cause of death
... that certain fish, like salmon and tuna, and walnuts have been idenitifed as foods that might help prevent Alzheimer's Disease
... that cross-country skiing is considered one of the best cardiovascular activities as well as a great overall body toner
... that people who drink about 4 cups of green tea a day seem to get less cancer.
... that gardening can burn up to 350 calories an hour. Also, by bending and twisting against resistance you're also strengthening your abdominal muscles. Raking leaves counts about the same.
... that when you drink ice water your body has to burn calories to heat it up.
... that some studies show that between 30 and 45% of teenagers in our country already have at least two risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
... that moving your arms faster makes your legs go faster ... so ... when you want to run faster ... just pump your arms faster.
… that rollerblading for a mile does your heart as much good as jogging/running a mile.
… that tea contains high levels of cancer-fighting polyphenols and has been linked to increased fat burning (especially green tea).
… that a high-protein/low carb diet can hurt your workout. “Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred fuel for exercising, so someone who limits them will fatigue more quickly, “ say Jack Berning, R.D., an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Colorado. That’s especially true if you exercise at a high intensity for longer than 30 minutes.