It sometimes seems schools around the country are contributing more to sedentary living among today’s youth than they are promoting the benefits of exercise. Only one state—Illinois—requires daily physical education (PE) for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade, while only one other—Alabama—requires daily PE for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, according to the latest Shape of the Nation Report, conducted by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
Parents, especially fathers, have considerable influence in promoting healthy lifestyles for their daughters. New research presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity in October 2001 underscores the importance of parents and teachers as role models for kids. In addition, the research reveals new ways to identify kids at risk for obesity.
industry watch: program trends
CONNECTING WITH YOUR SENIOR CLIENTS
Since clients 55 and older constitute the fastest-growing membership segment in health clubs and fitness centers across the United States, there's a great need for innovative senior programming to stay competitive. What do you have to know to create a successful senior program? "Define `seniors' first," recommends Deborah Redder, n...
By Carrie Myers Smith
Postmastectomy clientele need personal trainer expertise and specific exercises to restore their vital function and reinforce self-confidence.
ccording to the American Cancer Society, this year an estimated 192,000 women will be diagnosed with new cases of breast cancer. Almost all of these women will undergo some form of breast surg...
All in the Family
Build healthy families--and increase company profits--with classes that appeal to both kids and their parents.
Sneak a peak at life with the Hamiltons. A baby-sitter picks up Joey, aged nine, and Tracy, aged seven, after school. Although their mom, Jane, encourages the baby-sitter to take them outside to play, the kids prefer mastering the latest Nintendo...
By Len Kravitz, PhD
Low-Back Stability Training
n the fitness world today, the terms core function, core strength, and core stability have found their way into exercise program design. For example, clients are now in need of exercises for the critical torso muscles (transverse abdominis and multifidus muscles), posture/ spinal assessments, training movements to correct muscl...
industry watch: program trends
PROGRAMMING FOR MEN
Getting men into group fitness classes has always posed challenges for program managers. "The biggest challenge is that old-fashioned image of the gym where men are in the weight room and women are in the dance studio," says Yordi Arteaga, a fitness business consultant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fortunately, that image is slowly disappearing. Dan...
By Steve Rhyan, MA
Conditioning for the Ride
Help your clients improve their crosscountry mountain biking skills and race times.
s word spreads about the thrill of mountain biking, more enthusiasts are taking up the sport. In fact, the number of participants exploded 419.4 percent from 1987 to 2000, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA 2001). These mou...