Join us for the 2018 Cyclin' with the Mayor kickoff at Good Link Trail Ride. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 24 at Mike Lewis Park, 2450 N. Carrier Pkwy at 6 p.m. We will provide free tank tops and cycling gear to attendees, all you need to do is show up with your bike!
April is "Let's Get Outside" Month!
April has been coined “Let’s Get Outside!” month. The goal is to remind us all to celebrate our bonds of family and friendship by getting outside together to be active, enjoy life and connect with nature.
You may love the outdoors, but everyone has those friends or family members that just prefer to lounge in front of the TV or who may be a little bit squeamish about bugs, baiting hooks, mud and dirt or heights. Of course, you love them anyway—but what better time to give them that little nudge to join you for some fresh air than Get Outside Month?
Grand Prairie offers numerous ways to get outside:
- Stroll around Farmers Market (open Saturdays from April-December)
- Bike at any of the Cyclin’ with the Mayor events
- Play golf at one of the beautiful golf courses around town (Prairie Lakes or Tangle Ridge)
- Have a picnic at your local park
- Attend Main Street Fest on April 20, 21 and 22.
- Volunteer with Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful or walk dogs at Prairie Paws Adoption Center
Get Outside and Get Active
Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. In combination with healthy eating, it can help prevent a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, which are the three leading causes of death. Physical activity helps control weight, builds lean muscle, reduces fat, promotes strong bone, muscle and joint development, and decreases the risk of obesity. Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight.
If this sounds like a lot, consider that eight to 18-year-old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media including TV, computers, video games, cell phones, and movies, and only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity. To increase physical activity, today’s children need safe routes to walk and bike ride to school, parks, playgrounds and community centers where they can play and activities like sports, dance or fitness programs that are exciting and challenging enough to keep them engaged.
Kids and Teens Between Ages 6-17 Goals:
- Physical Activity: Be active for 60 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. As an alternative, you can count your daily activity steps using a pedometer (girls’ goal: 11,000; boys’ goal: 13,000).
- Healthy Eating: Each week focus on a new healthy eating goal like trying out new vegetables or preparing a healthy snack. Add a new goal each week while continuing with your previous goals. You’ll be giving your body more of the good stuff it needs if you stick to your goals.
Adults (18+) Goals:
- Physical Activity: Be active for 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. As an alternative, you can aim for 8,500 steps using a pedometer.
- Healthy Eating: Each week focus on a healthy eating goal. These goals can include packing a healthy lunch, adding more greens to your diet, or drinking enough water throughout the day. Add a new goal each week and soon these healthy eating goals will turn into daily habits.
Warmer weather brings a greater opportunity to get outside and be active! By being active, you will burn calories that you store from eating throughout the day and—it can be as easy as walking the dog or as rigorous as running a marathon. Providing opportunities for children to be active early on puts them on a path to better physical and mental health. It's never too late to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle.