In February, Congress finalized a 20 percent increase in funding for the Physical Education for Progress program, since renamed the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). The increase will translate to $60 million in grant money for fiscal year 2003 for local school districts and community organizations. This amount represents an increase of $10 million over last year’s PEP allocation.
Studies like the one reported above underscore why fitness professionals need to get involved in combating childhood obesity through grassroots community efforts designed to get kids moving and eating properly. One way you can make a difference is through Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), a new nationwide initiative designed to improve the health of children through better nutrition and physical activity programs in schools.
Researchers know that 1 in 7 kids today is obese, yet few studies have measured how obesity affects a child’s quality of life. Now, a new study in the April 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has confirmed what many suspected: Compared to their healthy and normal-weight counterparts, obese kids have a significantly lower quality of life. Even more distressing, their quality of life is similar to that of children diagnosed with cancer.
1. Understand How Yoga Benefits Athletes. The postures, breathing and inner focus of yoga can help balance, strengthen and restore overtaxed muscles, joints and ligaments. In addition to elongating tight, fatigued and shortened muscles, yoga helps calm and clear the mind.