The United States Department of Health and Human Services recently released its guidelines for physical activity, supported by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA). The guidelines suggest achieving a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week to promote improved health and wellness. The guidelines were developed based on cutting-edge research, states information from a press release.
While fitness professionals are working at the grassroots level to help people in their communities get healthier, national legislation can make it easier for exercisers and nonexercisers alike to better their lives through activity. As of press time, the following health-related items are being considered on Capitol Hill.
To gear up for the elections, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama headed to New York Sports Clubs (NYSC) on August 26 for a voter-themed workout. Well, sort of. Obama and McCain look-alikes participated in “Voterobics 2008,” an exercise program designed to highlight the connection between the presidency, exercise and U.S. health and wellness.
Yvonne Jones, department head of health and fitness at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas, California, describes herself as a “poster child” for the mentoring concept. In 14 years, Jones went from being a student in the back row to being instructor, coordinator, supervisor, director and then department head.