Are you aware of all the opportunities to get fit as a family in the St. Louis area? Well, you can learn about many possibilities during the 20th annual Family Health & Fitness Day, USA on Saturday, September 24, 2016.
Background of Family Health and Fitness Day
In a 1994 landmark study, the US Surgeon General reported striking findings about American family health habits and practices. The Surgeon General’s study discovered that “the majority of Americans, and especially children from 12 to 21, are not exercising nearly enough.” In fact, the report exposed that over half of Americans are not regularly active–over 60%, a quarter of Americans are not active at all, and activity decreases during Americans’ teen years.
Most importantly, the report trumpeted the benefits of physical activity. All American family members can “improve the quality of their lives through a lifelong practice of moderate physical activity.” That’s great news! Just 30-45 minutes a day of brisk activity, such as walking, bicycling, and even working around the yard can significantly protect against “risks of developing coronary heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, and diabetes.” More, exercise improves one’s mental health, putting smiles on family faces.
What is Family Health & Fitness Day, USA?
Family Health & Fitness Day, USA is a national event that responds to this report. All across the country, local organizations will sponsor events designed to promote family physical activity. According to Pat Henze, Director, “This year’s programs will include exercise demonstrations, health fairs, family walks and more. Most programs involve family activities as well as education and information about health and fitness topics.” These programs will vary by region, leveraging local resources.
What You Can Do Together as a Family in the Greater St. Louis Area
- Visit one of the 11 St. Louis area YMCAs
- Bike ride together on one of the many St. Louis County Park Paved Trails
- Walk each night after dinner together (start a new family tradition!)
- Participate in Forest Park’s amazing array of activities, such as wild flower walks and birding tours
- Start a small garden together
- Play outside games together that your children love
- Visit Laumeier Sculpture Park
- Visit one of St. Louis County Parks’ Outdoor Play Areas
Check your local listings for specific, planned events for Family Health & Fitness Day, USA on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Remember, too, Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine can help you remain active on a regular basis.