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The TSET Healthy Living Program and City of Guymon, along with local volunteers, are making the area around Guymon High School safer for students who walk or bike to school, or for community members who choose active transportation in their daily activities. They are helping drivers slow down as they approach the school by painting school-spirited markings on streets in areas that have high foot traffic or bicycle use near the school. 

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The “I Can Do It” program is a strategic physical activity program for students with disabilities in the K-12 school setting designed to provide access, equity, and facilitate and encourage opportunities for students with disabilities to be physically active for 60 minutes a day.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released “BAM! Body and Mind“. This exciting resource is dedicated entirely to classroom resources for teachers, The page contains a variety of information and resources for teachers of grades 4-8 to use in the classroom and help students make healthier lifestyle choices.

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The National Youth Sports Strategy is an essential resource for policymakers and key decision-makers in youth sports. It aims to unite U.S. youth sports culture around a shared vision: that one day, all young people will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports — regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code.

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TSET Healthy Incentive Program UPDATE: As of September 13, TSET has received Healthy Schools incentive grant applications for an amount that exceeds the funds available in this grant cycle, and has received Healthy Communities incentive grant applications for an amount that meets the limit. The next incentive grant application period opens on Dec 2, 2019 for both Healthy Schools and Healthy Communities, and all eligible entities are encouraged to apply at that time.

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The American Fitness Index, published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, was released this week. The ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index evaluates America’s 100 largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure indicators. The American Fitness Index is used as an assessment and evaluation tool to educate community leaders on the importance of key indicators of physical activity. Access the report here.

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Classroom physical activity is any physical activity done in the classroom during or between academic instruction periods and in addition to physical education and recess. Benefits include greater concentration and motivation, improved academic performance, and reduced disruptive behavior among students.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, which outlines the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. The document also highlights new benefits of physical activity and tested strategies that can be used to get all Americans more active.

In fact, just about everyone benefits: young children to older adults, men and women of all races and ethnicities, women who are pregnant or postpartum, people living with a chronic condition or a disability, and people who are looking to reduce their risk of chronic disease.

What’s new in the guidelines?

  • Guidance for preschool-aged children (3-5 years)
  • Evidence for even more health benefits of physical activity
  • Discussion of sedentary behavior
  • Tested strategies for physical activity promotion
  • Removal of bout length requirement – every little bit counts!

Additionally, the Move Your Way campaign resources are designed to help explain the Guidelines to consumers. These resources include interactive tools, fact sheets, videos, and graphics that are available for communities, health professionals, and others to promote the health benefits of meeting the new recommendations, along with tips for how to help people become more active.

To help reinforce the importance of physical activity to overall health, CDC is working with states and communities through Active People, Healthy Nation – Creating an Active America, TogetherSM. By increasing activity-friendly environments, this initiative aims to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027 to improve overall health and quality of life and to reduce healthcare costs.

 

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