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Friday
May302014

Teens' cardiorespitory levels are at low levels

According to a new report, only one in two boys and one in three girls, ages 12-15, have appropriate levels of cardiorespitory fitness. Overall, the percentage dropped 10.2 points to 42.2, from 1999 to 2012, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.

Cardiorespitory is the measure of maximum oxygen uptake, or VO2max. It is the greatest capacity of the body to use oxygen during exercise.

Of course, physical activity is imperative for teens as it helps keep bones and muscles healthy, reduce obesity and chronic diseases, reduces depression and even help in the classroom. Being in the best shape will allow you to perform at their highest

Less than half of teens have have good oxygen capacity (WFAA)
 

San Diego school starting exercise early

Chalk up a new pilot program in a San Diego school system as the possible answer to childhood obesity and sedentary behavior.

The preschool school is showing teachers how to exercise and be active, then parlaying to the classroom. Parents have seen the differences from class participation, less hyperactivity, wanting to exercise at home, and more.

The school has incorporated the fitness program – even hiring a trainer – and has become the first early education school in the region to join Live Well San Diego Initiative, which hopes to build healthier communities in the county.

Preschool first in Live Well San Diego program (KUSI)
 

ACSM, Joyner-Kersee team up

Annual meetings often produce big news. There couldn’t have been much bigger for the American College of Sports Medicine when it was announced this week during its event in Orlando, Fla., that one of the biggest names in United States Olympics history was coming aboard.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, long an advocate for healthier communities and families, will work nationwide with underserved families on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and better nutrition.

“We are off to a great start as we look to the future,” said Joyner-Kersee during the Annual Meeting. “I am grateful to ACSM for coming alongside us as we pursue a long-term solution for healthy families.”

Decorated Olympian to get word out for ACSM (ACSM)
 

Fitness tracker for children

If you were going to trust a company with developing wearable technology for children, LeapFrog would certainly be in the conversation.

The popular maker of children’s technological learning products has come out with LeapBand. Due out in August, it doesn’t have GPS or a touch screen but it does show how active the child is and it gives him or her activities to do for points to increase an energy bar.

Parents will be able to synch to their smartphones via an app so they can keep track of their children’s activities.

New LeapFrog product will hopefully get kids off the couch (AP)

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