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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

One of the best ways to improve ones health is to be physically active. Physical activity done on a regular basis has proven to prevent disease and promote health. The US Department of Health and Human Services has recently published a report called the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans that sets out how Americans of all ages need to be physically active and how much physical activity is needed to be healthy.

Consider the following benefits of a physically active lifestyle:

· Reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes.

· Increases cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength.

· Has positive effects on alertness, mental health and increases self-esteem.

· Reduces anxiety and stress.

· Positively impacts people of all types, sizes, gender and ages.

Suggested activity times:

· children and adolescents should be physically active 60 minutes daily.

· adults should be moderately physically active at least 150 minutes each week.

· For fitness benefits, aerobic activity should be in episodes of at least 10 minutes.

· Some activity is better than none.

· Added health benefits generally occur as amount of activity increases.

Other benefits:

· Physically active students learn better.

· A positive relationship exists between higher fitness scores and higher academic scores.

· Kids are more likely to be physically active if their parents are physically active.

· Physically active people have fewer illnesses

The message is clear……Go Play Kansas….do it for you!!!


Dr. Vicki J. Worrell, Executive Director of the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance - vworrell@emporia.edu