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Silje is a Multimedia Advisor on the Communication and eHealth team at the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Silje supports communication activities related to ODPHP Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, Healthy People 2020, Dietary Guidelines 2010, and health literacy initiatives. Silje is interested in mobile health applications, new media and innovative ways to promote healthy behaviors. She has some experience blogging about brands and media design, and is active on Twitter at @sealya.
Katrina Butner, PhD, RD, ACSM CES is a Prevention Science Fellow for the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). She is a Registered Dietitian and an Exercise Physiologist, certified through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She is involved with communicating the messages from the Physical Activity Guidelines and the Dietary Guidelines. She is currently leading the efforts from ODPHP on the Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Review. Katrina enjoys running half marathons, cycling and taking a variety of fitness classes at her gym.
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Did you get in your “Instant Recess” today? Don’t worry, it will only take 10 minutes and no special equipment or shoes are required.
Antronette (Toni) Yancey, researcher and professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health was the founder of “Instant Recess” – a “MOVEment of ACTIVE-ists dedicated to making America healthier 10 minutes at a time.” She believed that exercise could be done in short bursts in workplaces, schools and places of worship and wrote a book about the movement, "Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time."
Sadly, with her recent passing, the physical activity community lost a tremendous leader. This week, individuals and communities decided to celebrate Toni’s work by promoting Instant Recess at 4 pm ET on Tuesday, May 7th. Individuals were encouraged to rally their colleagues to do a short activity break. And to make it even easier, Toni and Los Angeles Sparks created an easy, 10 minute session video you can follow.
I was at a President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition meeting on Tuesday and President’s Council member Donna Richardson Joyner led the Council and the audience in Instant Recess during the meeting. It was a great way to get up and move and I definitely felt better when the next presentation started. Toni was also honored at this meeting with a Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating her commitment and dedication to the promotion of physical activity.
Even if you missed the movement on Tuesday, add it to the calendar today (and every day)! 10 minutes is an easy way to improve your health and productivity. And, did you know, short bouts of physical activity 10 minutes or longer count toward meeting the Physical Activity Guidelines, which recommend 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of moderate-vigorous physical activity each week.
What are YOU doing to add small amounts of physical activity into your day?
Tags: instant recess, physical activity, toni yancey, community leadership
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Changing our policies, systems, and environment plays an important role in improving health. Earn free continuing education credit for learning how one community is implementing and evaluating a system-wide approach to reducing childhood obesity in this first-ever Healthy People eLearning lesson:
Defining Success in a Systems Approach: The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative
You can earn free continuing education credit while learning about:
After the lesson, you're invited to join the Healthy People eLearning LinkedIn subgroup, to problem-solve and collaborate around questions from the lesson.
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Tags: physical activity, eLearning, Healthy People, childhood obesity
Cross-promoted from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Blog
By: Chris Paul, Point Guard for the Los Angeles Clippers and member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN)
From my early morning workouts to the final buzzer on game day, my body stays fueled by the nutritious foods I eat throughout the day. Making healthy choices is essential for me to function at the highest level, whether I'm on the road for a game or at home with my family. March is National Nutrition Month and is a great reminder for us all to incorporate healthy eating into our daily lives. Whether you are an NBA player, a student on the go, or a busy parent rushing between work and home, you can eat healthy and still enjoy the foods you love.
Sometimes I feel like I am constantly on the go, and it can be a challenge to make healthy decisions when I'm traveling from city to city or shooting hoops with my three year-old son. Life can be hectic but I have found that it's easier to make good food choices when you plan ahead and keep healthy options on hand. I keep healthy snacks in my bag, and bottled water with me at all times.
Eating healthy gives me the strength and energy I need to get through each game, and helps me reach my full potential. As a student athlete in college, I had little time to prepare food so I would snack on fruit, especially apples. This gave me a quick and much-needed energy boost before and after practice. Growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina I learned to love southern food. When I lived in New Orleans, I found recipes (like red beans and brown rice) that offer a nutritious meal with rich flavor. Since moving to Los Angeles I've found that fresh fruit and vegetables are much easier to come by, and I try to incorporate them into every meal.
These days, I am team health captain for my family and teammates and encourage them to eat more balanced, healthy meals. My mother has told me that she feels better, and I know she will stick to her routine not only for herself, but for her grandchildren as well. This month, I challenge you to find your own balance that includes healthy foods and physical activity. While you're at it, sign up to earn your Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+)! Also, invite your family and friends to join you; it's always more fun to have a team of people for support along the way. Here are some healthy tips to get you started:
Get more tips to stay motivated throughout National Nutrition Month. Check out my "Nutrition Tips" video and follow PCFSN on Twitter (@FitnessGov). Also, be sure to read through our new list of "10 Healthy Eating Tips" to jumpstart your nutrition goals.
Tags: National Nutrition Month, Chris Paul, athlete, PCFSN
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