Listed below, are some great tips...hints...and encouragements from civic, business, medical, sports, fitness, nutrition and education experts! There are a good # of them...and they are all fantastic in their own way.
I encourage you to read them, go over them with your kids, and see what fun, healthy changes you can ad to your life regarding PLAY, Activity and Movement! I am sure you are quite busy...but in a time when so many of us have stopped moving, there are many challenges facing us and our children.
Read...Enjoy...PLAY...Have An Active Summer...and GET UP...GET OUT...GET MOVING!
ZACH JONES: THERAPEUTIC ASSOCIATES, INC. IN BEAVERTON
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity” -John F. Kennedy
BEAVERTON MAYOR: DENNY DOYLE”
"Summer time is a break from school and a chance to have fun without homework. Think about playing golf….tennis….softball…baseball…flag football…walk your dog…find mom and dad’s hula hoop…swim…go on a hike…sand volley ball…find Play Fit for Fun and have fun with them...read…set aside a day or two a week without looking at or using any electronic device…visit the zoo…put on your helmet and ride a bike, scooter, or skateboard…watch the stars come out walking with grand ma or grand pa…mow your yard or your neighbor’s yard…bowl…fish…Zumba…climb part of a mountain…play and run in the sand at the beach…play in a fountain…visit a library…and have a fun summer."
METRO WEST AMBULANCE
"Eat Healthy. Play Hard. Be Strong." - Patrick Toelle, EMT
"Aim for success, not perfection. Those who give up their right to be wrong and their right to make mistakes give up their right to grow. Success comes from your devotion to making yourself and your community better and always doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do." – Alex Potwin, Paramedic
“The choices you make today guide your future. Be wise. Make your health and safety the priorities in every choice you make. Your future will be rewarded.” –Shawn Wood, Paramedic
“Our community is only as strong as its members. Be active. Take every opportunity to advocate for the health and safety of your community.”–Shawn Wood, Paramedic
"You don't have to be the best to start, but you have to start if you want to be the best." -Jeff Morris, EMT
“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do-And what you have to do, in order to get where you want to be may not be pretty or may not come easy, but it is totally worth it”-Jason Rogers, Paramedic
“The small steps you take to improve your health and wellness can also have direct influence on those around you. Your first steps may be giving someone else the courage they need to take those first steps!”–Shawn Wood, Paramedic
“Does not matter if it’s one mile or 20 you are doing more then everyone on the couch.” –Frank “Cesar ”Carrillo, Paramedic
"If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."-Paul Lewis, EMT
"Always keep pushing."-Paul Lewis, EMT
"Healthy is more than a size or the way you look. Healthy is a state of mind, it is a way of life and it is in the choices you make. Live healthy and live happy."-Sarah Nakano, Paramedic
JOEL MILLER: PE TEACHER SEXTON MTN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
"KEEP moving, playing, and sweating…shoot for at least 60 minutes every day.
Do what you enjoy, BUT...try something new every day
Encourage your family and/or parents to do the same!"
STEVE JOHNSON: ORENCO ELEMENTARY PE TEACHER:
"In life we all will fail. We will all make mistakes. In the end, we must always remember, "failure is not meant to be final and fatal. It is not meant to define you. It is meant to refine you to be all that you are meant to be." In those moments of adversity, remember why you're doing what you do. Take Risks...Try New Things...Enjoy The Experience! Good luck!"
CORY HAND: HEAD WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH/GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY:
"There's no better gift you can give your body than the gift of movement. My favorite way of moving is by turning everyday requirements into a game. An example of this is when going up stairs I like to see how many I can jump at one time and then see if I can beat my record. Other times I try and see how few steps I can take when going up the stairs (ex. I would take BIG steps and skip 1-2 stairs at time and It would take me 9 steps to get to the top, the next time I would try and skip 2-3 stairs at a time and it would only take me 7 steps to get to the top). Sometimes at home I like to try and crawl as fast as I can (you can imagine my families laughter when they see a grown man crawling like a bear up the stairs). The biggest advice I can give you is to make like fun by adding in movement and activity that is fun. You'll find yourself smiling and laughing more, you might just find yourself looking forward to the next time you have to go up the stairs!"
STEVE DRAKE: ATHLETIC DIRECTOR HILLSBORO HIGH SCHOOL:
"Let’s set a goal to get our family out and moving this summer! We can do this in a variety ways: Frisbee golf, walking the dog, biking and just plain outdoor activity. Studies have shown and active family is an healthy family so let’s do it!"
KORY BELL: REHAB DIRECTOR AT ORTHOPEDIC & FRACTURE SPECIALISTS:
"Did you know that laughing exercises several muscles in your body such as the abdomen, back, shoulders, and 15 facial muscles? According to a Stanford study, one minute of laughing equates to 10 minutes on a rowing machine in terms of heart rate and caloric loss. The effects of laughter and exercise are quite similar and laughing can actually enhance your workout! Now combine laughing with your workout and you are improving your fitness double time. “Play.Fit.Fun” is actually backed by science. Try a new physical activity this summer, it might just be fun!"
LINDSY STROTHERS: FORMER WESTVIEW HS GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH:
"With the transformation of our culture from active and physical to a more sedentary existence, we must get up and get moving on our own. The human body was developed to be physical. Our bodies are energized and cleansed through activity. The great part is that it doesn't have to be long and hard. Have fun!"
MATT WHITEHEAD: OREGON EXERCISE THERAPY:
"I would encourage children and adults alike to rediscover the pure pleasure and fun that PLAY can be. Play is the fountain of youth. Play is what brings life to the human spirit and maintains physical health. Play is the essential ingredient to a healthy child or adult. Play is spontaneous, creative, and unstructured physical movement done for the pure joy of it. Play in it's purest form is what children do when set loose in nature: running through the woods, climbing trees, splashing in puddles, jumping from rock to rock, or rolling down a grassy hill. Play can also be: tag, follow the leader, kicking things, throwing things, and playing traditional games. The difference between play and exercise is that play always brings a smile to your face. I would encourage families to play together daily, letting the kids be the leaders and the parents follow along. Parents will be surprised how much fun it is, how much you can learn from your children, and how great a workout play can be!"
YVETTE PARKER: NUTRITIONIST, HILLSBORO SCHOOL DISTRICT:
"When you are thinking about grabbing something to eat always stop and ask yourself what you are feeling. If it’s hungry then your body needs fuel and you need to find something healthy to eat. If you are bored, tired, stressed, etc – food doesn’t fix those things. If you are not sure what to eat…. Look at your hand. It will tell you everything you need to know. A “high five” for health equals 5 food groups, 5 different colors of fruits and veggies and not putting more than you can hold in one hand on your plate from any food group to start with. Use your other hand to grab a glass of water and you are on your way to fueling your body up right."
NOEL JOHNSON: WHOLE FOODS, SCHOLLS FERRY ROAD IN TIGARD:
"Have a fun summer and try new things like making your own healthy snacks! Try blending frozen bananas to make a healthy and delicious “nice” Cream! But most importantly have fun and be active!"
JAROD COGSWELL: FIT ACADEMY IN BEAVERTON:
"In professional sports, the word "mindset" is now the modern buzzword to refer to a successful athlete's level of confidence and focus. We all know that these elite performers must train their bodies and minds to be at the top of their games. It takes will and discipline to be consistent with their physical training, and in the end, the athlete gains a higher level of self confidence to compete at the highest level.
We know many of our kids look up to athletes as role models and aspire for their own personal greatness. However, no matter how talented, they must be willing to work for it. Exercise is a great tool to develop a child's work ethic and improve their bodies and minds. Our philosophy is to get 1% better every day. It takes just 1% more effort to feel more confident and have more fun in this sport called life.
Summer is here... Let's continue to promote play and exercise. In the end, your kids will be better because of it... better self-esteem, a better performer, a better teammate, a better student, a better son or daughter, a better sibling, a better..."
PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES OF THE NORTHWEST
"Exercise not only strengthens the body but it relaxes the mind. It is one of the best, easiest, and most effective ways to relieve stress. After the end of a long and stressful school year, make sure kids get outside and play their stress away!"
~Shannon Odell, PsyD; Pediatric Associates of the Northwest
"Focusing on basic sports skills for all kids is important…to keep trying various sports till they find something they can enjoy doing for exercise regularly. And everyone needs to be able to swim! Main issue competing with activity these days is electronics. Take the TV, computers and Xbox out of the bedroom! Put the phone up 1 hour before sleep time in a place besides their bedroom."
-Jennifer Siebold, CPNP; Pediatric Associates of the Northwest
"It is essential for everyone to acknowledge that the mind and body are intrinsically linked. To neglect one’s body by avoiding play, climbing, running, jumping, or sport is to neglect one’s mind, and vice versa. Get out there and engage in life as it is not a thing to watch from the sidelines."
-Bruce J. Birk, MD; Pediatric Associates of the Northwest
When we say PLAY = POWER...that has a lot of awesome definitions!
PLAY is a wide open book! In a child's world playtime = movement...lots of it. Kids Play and wide open movement is not working out or things with many rules like club sports. Kids Play, where they run, make (safe) rules, climb, sit, swing, jump and don't need a coach or parent's involvement is one of the healthiest things you can make sure is a large part of your child's life!
AND, parents...PLAY is quite healthy for you too...plus kids learn by watching you!
PFF NATION...eating well can certainly be a challenge these days! Here is another COOL tool for you to use to keep your family as healthy as possible.
Food Plans...Recipes Using Fresh Food...Kids Lunches And More!
Salads are great year round...but SUMMER IS TRULY SALAD SEASON! Learn more about your salad greens and check out some great salad recipes here:
From our friends at The Food Hero Team
As you know, apart from our Before and After School Kids Action Classes...and our Kid's Action Events, etc...we like to share helpful tips, ideas, great articles and more! Here are 3 good ones for you. See the links below.
Some awesome tidbits, tips and wellness info.