With Kids in School, Parents Can Work Out

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Back-to-school time provides an opportunity for parents to develop an exercise plan that fits into the family schedules, an expert suggests.

“Forget New Year’s resolutions; the start of a child’s school year can also be the start of a new fitness and exercise program for parents,” Karin Richards, a professor of kinesiology at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said in a university news release.

With kids’ extracurricular activities likely to build up, “it’s important for mom and dad to plan ahead to make sure that they are getting the necessary amount of exercise,” More >

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A Teacher’s Perspective on Exergames

My name is Joe McCarthy and I teach elementary Physical Education at Meadowview Elementary School in Farmington, Minnesota. Meadowview Elementary School is a K-5 building of almost 700 students located 30 minutes south of Minneapolis.  I am on the SHAPE America Central District Leadership Council as well as our state MNAHPERD board. On July 16th, 2014 at the GenYOUth Learning Summit inside the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, I had the pleasure of playing with the TWall provided by Motion Fitness from Chicago, Illinois.  Here are my thoughts on the product: First, the agility wall kept me engaged for the entire period. The More >

How to burn more calories during the workday

It’s Monday morning and you will be sitting on a desk all day working and thinking about all the unnecessary calories gained throughout the weekend.  You’re wondering how you can move around a little bit more throughout your workday since most of it is spent sitting behind a desk.

MSN Healthy Living has provided some tips to maximize your daily burn.  After reading these tips, you will be a calorie-burning machine throughout your workday.  But keep in mind that you should also be exercising regularly to reach your overall fitness and health goals.

  1. Build more muscle Lean muscle is metabolically active tissue, which More >

GENYOUth Summit with Motion & Exergame

Wednesday, July 16, we will be at the 2014 GENYOUth Nutrition + Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit and Expo in Arlington, Texas!  The event bring together over 400 thought leaders in education, leaders in education, health/nutrition, academia, government, policy and the corporate and philanthropic sectors to advance the cause of healthier and higher achieving students. The Summit is presented in collaboration with the National Dairy Council (NDC), the National Football League (NFL), SHAPE America, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and United Way Metropolitan Dallas.

 

Join Us!

 

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Weekend Workout Tips

During the work week, most of us have a set schedule of waking up, going to the gym, going to work, and then sleeping.  Whenever the weekend approaches that set schedule tends to fail as we sleep more, eat more and exercise less. Losing track of your healthy lifestyle, even just for the weekend can hurt your fitness and health goals.  It is very important to exercise and eat healthy on the weekends as well. Here are seven tips for fitting in weekend workouts:

  1. Turn workout time into play time. Think working out on the weekend has to be at the gym? More >

Fitness Fun in the Sun!

Need a change of environment from your boring gym routine?  Take your workout to the great outdoors this summer.  The HOTTEST trend for this time of year is group fitness or individual training outdoors, whether it’s the local park or the beach nothing is better than working out in the sun.  You can take advantage of a great day by working out outdoors, exposure to the sun will give you a boost in Vitamin D and increase your sweat count.  All while building a healthy tan. What kinds of workouts can you perform outside? All of them, but here are More >

What’s the Price of Obesity?

Childhood obesity can cost you thousands of dollars in the future, about $19,000 to be accurate.  This is according to research analyst at Duke Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.  So the question is, how can childhood obesity cost $19,000?  The estimated cost takes into account all medical bills you would expect to see from doctors’ visits, medications, and missed wages due to health condition.  These costs will occur when children are well into their adulthood lives, a time when it might be too late to change their lifestyle.

What can you buy with $19,000?  Many would opt for a More >

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New Fitness Trend: Fitness Accessories

What we learned in 2014 has been the popularity of group fitness.  Group fitness consists of small group exercise classes.  These group classes remove the bulky machines and takes advantage of the different fitness accessories in the industry.

 

Local gyms love the use of fitness accessories in group fitness classes.  Gym goers want to see everything from kettlebells to jump ropes.  Trainers like to use accessories because of all the possibilities that machines don’t provide.  Dumbbells allow for more movement while providing the same benefits, with nearly half the cost to provide.  The benefits of fitness accessories are there are wide More >

Making Fitness Fun with EyePlay

EyePlay has become the must have product in the interactive fitness industry.  EyePlay turns any floor into a virtual game platform with games like soccer, hockey, and dozens more.  The system brings entertainment, movement, and fun to the children fitness industry.  EyePlay have crafted a product around the mission of fighting childhood obesity, which 1 in every 5 children in the United States are effected by.  The solution to this problem is EyePlay, having children enjoy the world of gaming with all the fitness features.  Children love the games and parents love how active their children are.

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PEP GRANTS!

With budget cuts that are haunting schools across this country, physical education programs are the ones taking the hit.  This resulting in the highest rate of childhood and teen obesity this country has ever seen.   Fortunately, we have had the privilege to work with schools and organizations that have received Physical Education Program (PEP) grants as a part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move initiative.  PEP is a government funded program with the main purpose of helping students be healthy and active.  This year the program has reach new highs, with an $74.5 million budget for the 2014 year More >