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High School Students need to MOVE!

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CDC: High school students don’t exercise enough

High school students aren’t doing much running – and when they do run, there’s a good chance it’s to a vending machine.

Roughly one-third of high school students in the U.S. drink two or more sodas, sports drinks, or other sugary beverages per day, but only 15% get the one hour of daily aerobic exercise that health officials recommend, according to the results of a nationwide survey released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although 51% of students do engage in muscle-strengthening exercise (such as push-ups or weight lifting) at least three days a week, as guidelines recommend, the overall picture is less than ideal.

“Regular physical activity has so many benefits to kids,” says CDC researcher MinKyoung Song, Ph.D., who coauthored a report analyzing the survey results. “Not doing enough can lead to numerous problems later in life, like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.”

 

Digital Bullying

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Free to Be… Not Anymore

I am sharing this because it really is a whole new world of bullying than when I was a kid. Recently I watched a Dr Drew show on CNN or some other station about bullying and he said something that really struck me. I may have even mentioned it here before — that bullying today doesn’t stop at the school yard. It’s 24/7 digitally reaching more and digging in deeper. As a parent, I am very sensitive to it and if I even think my kids are bullying – I’m all over it. It’s so sad — kids are already going through such change in their lives and then add to it how mean kids are and give them the tools of the digital age. It really can be a recipe for disaster.

According to current statistics, one out of every four teenagers across America is bullied in their neighborhoods and schools; 160,000 students stay home from school every day because of their fear of being bullied; and each month, nearly 300,000 students are physically attacked inside their secondary schools.

Online, things are even worse: 43 percent of kids are cyber-bullied, while 53 percent admit to having said something mean and hurtful to another kid online.

 

Get your kids involved in fighting childhood obesity

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empowerME is a website that inspires the younger generation to eat healthier and move more, to motivate each other, and to be a solution to America’s obesity epidemic.

Here’s some of its history:

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is a partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. We have come together to fight one of our nation’s leading health threats – childhood obesity.

Today our kids are facing life-threatening health conditions, a lessened quality of life and will inherit higher healthcare costs. To address this, the Alliance’s mission is to eliminate childhood obesity and to inspire all young people in the United States to develop lifelong, healthy habits.The Alliance is working to positively to affect kids and the places that can make a difference to their health: homes, schools, doctors’ offices, and the community.

They are looking for new members for their Youth Advisory Board – kids between the ages of 8 – 17. If you have a kid that fits that profile, take a look and see if this is something they would love to do.

Following a nation-wide search, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation selected 25 youth representing a diverse mix of backgrounds to join its 2009/2010 Youth Advisory Board.

Guided by their unique experiences and opinions, the Board not only provides feedback on the Alliance Kids’ Movement programs and strategies, but also generates new ideas on how to make healthy living the norm, not the exception.

The Youth Advisory Board also leads the way in their community and amongst their peers as they spread the word about the importance of young people living healthy.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is calling all youth ages 8-17 willing to share their commitment to leading a healthier life and inspire their friends, families, schools and communities to take action to stop childhood obesity.

This year, we are again searching for a select group of young people from across the country to serve on our Youth Advisory Board (for 2010-2011).

Click here to learn more and apply.

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