SEPTEMBER 2013 - GET ACTIVE!
Now Introducing - Fitnessgram10!
The Cooper Institute, in partnership with NFL PLAY 60, has launched the
newest version of Fitnessgram – Fitnessgram 10! The new platform provides kids, parents and physical educators access
to the tools they need to assess and recognize healthy habits. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program has adopted
Fitnessgram10 to promote lifelong physical activity among youths and adults alike.
New features of Fitnessgram 10 include (via fitnessgram.net):
An updated PACER equation will be used to predict VO2max
The Fitnessgram standards and CDC values for BMI are now aligned
Fitnessgram knowledge tests for users of the hosted solution
New Activitygram® survey (via student app) for users of the hosted solution
Fitnessgram 10 offers a valuable technological improvement--a fully hosted solution that removes the need to purchase servers and involve IT staff in
installing the program.
To learn more visit: http://bit.ly/16hCKRP
Take a Hike to Stay Fit
Fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy nature. The weather is cooler and the air is drier, the landscape is changing to bright colors of red,
orange, purple and brown...it's arguably the best time of the year. What better way to get out and enjoy it than to go hiking at a local trail! Enjoy the
great views your city/town has to offer, and get healthy and fit doing it!
Regular physical activity such as hiking helps to reduce the risk of disease and helps to stimulate a healthy immune system. Hiking is also a great
activity to enjoy with a friend, family or even your dog(s)!
The act of hiking is a low-impact sport which means that everyone can enjoy it with minimal stress and strain to the body. It's also a great way to spend
time bonding with those around you.
See below for a brief list of the benefits hiking has on
Those who hike and participate in regular physical activity will reduce their chances for heart problems while those who do not exercise have double
the risk of suffering from coronary heart disease.
Physical activity, such as hiking, helps to reduce hypertension and lower blood pressure.
Hiking and walking can help reduce the amount of insulin a Type 1 diabetic needs, while the activities can help reverse the disease completely for
those with Type 2 diabetes.
On average, for every mile that you walk you'll burn 100 calories. Take a long, five mile hike through a beautiful trail and you'll burn 500
calories! The more you walk, the more you lose. People who take long walks and hike are able to maintain weight loss and continue to lose weight
compared to those who only diet.
The more adrenaline pumping through your body, the more stressed and anxious you can become. Physical activity, such as hiking, helps to release
adrenaline and eases tension.
Hiking and walking help to reverse the negative effects that osteoporosis has on the body by increasing bone density and slowing the rate of calcium
Improved muscular fitness
Better quality of sleep
: It turns out; exercising and sleeping well go hand-in-hand! Help your body achieve REM sleep by taking a long hike during the day or exercising
To find a hiking trail near you, visit: http://www.backpacker.com/