Get Fit GP: January 2014 Spotlight

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Healthy Resolution Month

January Spotlight: Join a Rec Center


Being healthy should be your resolution for this year. Change your old habits and find the ways to get and stay healthy. Try out one of the city's recreation centers and check out the other resources in our city.

Changing to healthy habits and improving health in general are two popular resolutions of every New Year. Is this your resolution too? Good health provides protection against disease, injury, premature death, and improves the quality of life.

The first step in any new health resolution should be your health care provider’s office. He/she can provide you with the best information based on your age, gender, and overall health to initiate a physical activity program or a healthier diet.

Healthy Tips

Here are a few general tips for a safe and healthy lifestyle:

  • Find health resources to help you achieve your New Year's goals.
  • Protect yourself from injury or disease by wearing a helmet, sunscreen, or insect repellent when necessary.
  • Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Join a city recreational center or a private fitness center. 

On setting your own goals:

  • Be realistic. 
  • Don’t give up on resolutions. Even if you have a resolution abandoned in previous years just readjust the type and goals for yourself.
  • Any resolution must go hand and hand with your own ideas, wishes, and desires. Remember, a resolution is all personal.
  • All resolutions must be control by you and you only. Resolutions beyond your control are often a recipe for failure.
  • Don’t make too many resolutions. Pick only those that, with time and motivation, you can complete.

Physical Activity and Obesity

Physical activity provides long-term health benefits for everyone! 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.

Physical activity, along with proper nutrition, is beneficial to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. And it is important that everyone gets active: over the last 20 years, there's been a significant increase in obesity in the United States. About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents (aged 2-19 years) are obese.

The Impact of Physical Activity on Your Health

Regular physical activity can produce long-term health benefits. It can help: (Insert Photo)   

  • Prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke (the three leading health-related causes of death
  • Control weight
  • Make your muscles stronger
  • Reduce fat
  • Promote strong bone, muscle, and joint development
  • Condition heart and lungs
  • Build overall strength and endurance
  • Improve sleep
  • Decrease potential of becoming depressed
  • Increase your energy and self-esteem
  • Relieve stress
  • Increase your chances of living longer

When you are not physically active, you are more at risk for:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer

Helpful Links:

Skin Cancer Awareness: Protect Your Skin
Insect Repellent

Medical Check Ups
Vaccines and Immunizations

Health Tips: Five minutes or less

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Healthy Resolution Themed Books:

  •  The 10-minute L.E.A.P. : Lifetime Exercise Adherence Plan
    by Brown, Richard L., 1937- 
    New York, NY : HarperCollins, c1998: Grand Prairie Memorial Library 
  • 303 Kid-Approved Exercises and Active Games : Ages 6-8
    by Wechsler, Kimberly. 
    Alameda, CA : Hunter House ; Berkeley, CA :  Grand Prairie Memorial Library 
  • The 9 Truths About Weight Loss : The No-Tricks, No-Nonsense Plan for Lifelong Weight Control 
    by Kirschenbaum, Daniel S., 1950- 
    New York : Henry Holt, c2000 
  • Feed Your Family Right! : How to Make Smart Food and Fitness Choices for a Healthy Lifestyle 
    by Zied, Elisa
    Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley, c2007: Grand Prairie Memorial/Betty Warmack
  • Healthy Choices, Healthy Children : A Guide to Raising Fit, Happy Kids 
    by Brizee, Lori S. 
    Brewster, Mass. : Paraclete Press, c2011.  



Fruits and Veggies


What's on MyPlate?

Children's Dunk Challenge

Drew Brees PSA

More Wellness Video Links: 

Free Day Pass to Recreation Centers (January 2014)

Celebrating Get Fit GP's upcoming Healthy Resolution Month in January, present this coupon at any City of Grand Prairie recreation center for free entry for one day in January 2014.

Free Day Pass to Grand Prairie Rec Center

Five Healthy Resolutions for Kids

1. Eat right.

Is your kitchen stocked with high calorie, low nutrient, processed foods? If the answer is "yes," then get rid of it! A healthy diet consists of foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and fresh meat and dairy products. Kids eat what is available to them. Try keeping healthy foods readily accessible, such as a bowl of fruit or veggies with dip on the kitchen counter. It’s difficult to pass up a healthy snack, especially when the pantry no longer has the unhealthy, processed food that it once did!

2. Drink less or completely eliminate soda, sports drinks, and fruit drinks from diets.

How many sugar cubes are in CokeAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consumption of sugar drinks in the United States has increased over the last 30 years among both children and adults. Sugar drinks have been linked to poor diet quality, weight gain, obesity, and, in adults, type 2 diabetes. An average can of soda has about 40 grams of sugar. That’s 16 sugar cubes! Not only are sodas, sports drinks, and fruit drinks high in sugar, the consumption of these drinks often replaces other healthy drinks such as water and milk. 

Americans spend billions of dollars annually trying to lose weight.  Can you imagine what would happen if we just reduced our high calorie drink consumption?

3. Reduce screen time

Remember the good ol’ days when kids stayed outside playing until they were called in for dinner? Regardless of your generation, it's easy to see why the percentage of kids that are overweight is increasing at a rapid pace. Video games, the internet, and 1,000 different television channels from which to choose are keeping kids from getting the exercise they need to stay fit. If video games, the internet, and television are activities kids can’t do without, try reducing the screen time to one to two hours a day, at the most.  

4. Get moving!

What can kids do with their free time once they reduce their screen time, other than homework of course? Get moving! Help out with the yard or house work, play hide-and-seek, walk the dog, go for a bike ride, fly a kite, or walk to the library or a friend's house. There is never a shortage of activities that incorporate exercise! 

5. Join a sports program or team

What better way is there to get into shape than having fun and making new friends? Your local YMCA and city recreation centers have classes and sports programs that provide the perfect venue for fun ways to get fit. These facilities provide both traditional and non-traditional sports programs such as soccer, volleyball, cheer, baseball, softball, football, martial arts, swimming, dance, and gymnastics. 

Add to the list!  The possibilities for getting healthy are endless!

Activity Pages

Fruit Mini Book

Exercise Word Search - Easy

Exercise Word Search – Difficult

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