On February 19 the U.S. government charged four San Francisco Bay Area men—including Greg Anderson, the personal trainer for San Francisco Giants baseball star Barry Bonds—with conspiracy to distribute an array of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of athletes from Major League Baseball, the National Football League and track and field sports.
Five years after releasing the first physical activity guidelines for children 5 to 12 years of age, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is increasing its recommended amount of activity. NASPE now recommends at least 60 minutes, and up to several hours, of physical activity per day. If you train children or work with school physical education programs, you should check out the guidelines. (See the contact information below.)
Among the recommendations are the following:
kids’ fitnessGood news on the kids’ fitness front: Congress passed the 2004 spending bill that contains the Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Program, allocating $70 million to PEP.
The money will translate into approximately 300 grants awarded in the 2004 to 2005 school year to improve physical education programs in local public and private schools, and faith- and community-based organizations. PEP Grant funds are used to purchase fitness and sports equipment and train teachers in innovative physical education programs.
On one hand advocates for children’s health wish that schools didn’t sell soda and sugary drinks at schools. On the other hand schools often desperately need the added income that drink sales bring to them.
If you train elderly clients, you’re aware that preventing falls is a key motivation for them to exercise. Now there’s news that the elderly can tolerate high-force eccentric strength training and that it can decrease their risk for falls, according to research in the May 2003 issue of The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (vol. 58, pp. 419-24).
governmentPrograms aimed at helping prevent childhood obesity got a big boost when the U.S. Senate passed the Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act (IMPACT) last December. The bill aims at reducing obesity, particularly among children and adolescents, by encouraging better nutrition and more physical activity.
Is your kid coming down with a cold? Do you think that herbal remedies offer a safer, more effective approach than traditional cold medications? Well, you might want to think twice before reaching for your bottle of echinacea when it comes to treating upper-respiratory-tract infections (URIs) in children, according to a new study in the December 3, 2003, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
With obesity on the rise among our nation’s children, we need to do everything we can to underscore the importance of physical activity in childhood. One way to do that is to remind parents how their own activity levels and support can affect the future health of their kids.