When Michele Silence, MA, stands in front of her group fitness class, it isn’t unusual for her to pretend she’s a dinosaur. She’s not demonstrating a new dance move, but teaching kids ages 2–6 years old the benefits of exercise. Silence teaches a structured physical education curriculum called KID-FIT that is designed to educate children about healthy lifestyle habits.
There are about 40 days left before the 2004 IDEA World Fitness Convention® opens shop in San Diego. By now you’ve probably made your travel arrangements and signed up for the sessions you want. You’re primed for another year of unparalleled learning, networking and fun.
Pedometers are motion sensors that measure steps. Usually a lever arm suspended from a spring moves up and down with the motion of walking or running. The arm works like a pendulum. An electric circuit closes after each movement and records the step on a digital readout. Most electronic pedometers ask you to input an average step length to aid accuracy.
Saddled with a growing number of at-risk employees who are overweight or obese, more companies are recognizing the importance of preventive health measures. Toward that end, many businesses are now offering their workers weight loss and fitness programs to keep health insurance costs down.
Ever wonder about the reliability and accuracy of those pedometers that more and more walkers are sporting these days? Well, so did a group of researchers who recently compared 10 electronic pedometers and reported the findings in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2003, 35 , 1455-60).