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Rising Stars Educational Enrichment Program- On Nutrition & Fitness
What is Obesity?
According to Alabama Department of Public Health, obesity is defined as an excessive deposition of adipose tissue. Children become obese when their weight is 20% above others of the same height.
"We want to eliminate this problem of childhood obesity in a generation. We want to get that done," the first lady told "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts in an exclusive morning television interview. "We want our kids to face a different and more optimistic future in terms of their lifespan."
The far-reaching, nationwide campaign called "Let's Move" calls for a myriad initiative that target what Obama calls four key pillars: Getting parents more informed about nutrition and exercise, improving the quality of food in schools, making healthy foods more affordable and accessible for families, and focusing more on physical education.
For more information on Michele Obama’s latest campaign, visit http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Health/michelle-obama-childhood-obesity-initiative/story?id=9781473.
What We Can Do
Health Experts in Alabama say that “parental involvement is the key to getting this epidemic under control. Parents must provide healthy meals and snacks and promote physical activity. For more information on healthy meals and physical activity for children, click here. For Parenting Skill Topics, visit the Alabama Department of Public Health Resources page.
For more information on this subject please visit, http://www.adph.org/NUTRITION/index.asp?ID=826 .
This hip-hop public service announcement has hit the social media scene hard, with a message to kids: Eating healthy is cool. See for yourself, in the fun new video that UAB senior film student Anna Lloyd put together with the help of some local Birmingham kids. The beat and the lyrics will have all the kids singing this summer about fresh grown while keeping in mind that healthy nutrition can be joyous. The 60-second video "Fresh Grown," is available here or at www.uab.edu/dcs.
To read more about this project go to:http://main.uab.edu/Sites/MediaRelations/articles/77611/
THE LINK BETWEEN ACADEMICS and SCHOOL_BASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
April 14, 2010 - CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) released a new report, entitled The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance. The report indicates that school-based physical activity may help improve students’ grades and test scores and positively affect other factors that influence academic achievement. The report also concludes that adding time during the school day for physical activity does not appear to take away from academic performance. The report and executive summary are available on the DASH Health and Academics Web site.
Health and Academics http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/index.htm#3
Additionally, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education has released a brochure for the public that briefly summarizes the findings of DASH’s report. It is available at www.LetsMoveInSchool.org or www.aahperd.org/naspe.
Please direct inquiries to http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/contact/index.htm
The Birmingham metropolitan area averages fewer than 2 tennis courts per 10,000 residents. (The Birmingham News / Hal Yeager)
Fitness doesn't appear to be a top priority among Birmingham-area residents, a recent report suggests.
It wasn't a shocker to local fitness and health experts. But they say a new major federally funded project started in Jefferson County will tackle many of the issues raised in the report that puts the Birmingham metropolitan area one spot short of dead last in fitness among the country's 50 largest metro areas.
Birmingham's metropolitan area ranked 49th in the American College of Sports Medicine's American Fitness Index, just ahead of Oklahoma City. The Birmingham area had ranked 43rd in the group's survey last year.
Walt Thompson, chairman of the American Fitness Index advisory board and a professor of kinesiology at Georgia State University, said a purpose of the index and associated report -- "Health and Community Fitness of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas" -- is to give community leaders the ammunition to push for new health or fitness-related policies or projects. "It's a vehicle to effect changes ............... Continue reading this article at http://blog.al.com/living-news/2010/06/birmingham_area_ranks_near_the.html