Friday, April 24, 2015

Healthy Living Initiative: Go Exploring!





Did you know that the US Department of Health & Human Services recommends that “…children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day?”[1]  This activity should have a variety of aerobic exercise, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening. What does this mean? Get Active and Get Moving! 
The Activity
Research types of physical activity. Learn what aerobic exercise, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening are. What types of exercises and activities are included in these categories? How can you include each of these types of activity in an everyday walk? Create a walking plan that includes a variety of activities which will meet all three of these categories.

The Challenge
With spring, comes warmer, sunnier weather; the perfect type of weather to explore the outdoors. Explore the outdoors by exploring your local community. Nassau County is the home to a variety of different walking and hiking paths including Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Sands Point Preserve and Tanglewood Park and Preserve. Girl Scouts of Nassau County challenges everyone to take a walk (use your walking-exercise plan) and explore at least 3 different parks and preserves in Nassau County. 

Did you know…
The Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Girls Go the Distance Walkathon will allow you to explore Old Bethpage Village Restoration while you participate in a 2 mile walk filled with muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activities.


[1] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2008, October 16). Physical Acitivty Guidelines for Americans - Chapter 3: Active Children and Adolescents. Retrieved April 2012, from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: http://www.health.gov/PAGuidelines/guidelines/chapter3.aspx

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