Take Heart Alaska Press Kit by zyv69684

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Contents
The Benefits of Physical Activity .................................................. 2
Examples of Moderate Kinds of Physical Activity ....................... 3
Physical Activity Facts – About Alaskan Adults ........................... 4
Physical Activity Facts – About Alaskan Youth............................ 5
Supporting Physical Activity ........................................................ 6
    What Communities Can Do ................................................................... 6
    What Schools Can Do ............................................................................. 6
    What Health Care Providers Can Do...................................................... 6
    What Employers Can Do ......................................................................... 6




                                                   TAKE HEART ALASKA PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESOURCE KIT
The Benefits of Physical Activity
                                                                        FACT SHEET
People of all ages, both male and female, benefit from regular physical activity.

According to the Surgeon General, significant health benefits can be obtained by
including a moderate amount of physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week.

Regular physical activity can help you
    feel better
    control weight
    have more energy
    increase your sense of well-being
    reduce stress
    build healthy bones, muscles and joints
    become stronger
    live longer


Regular physical activity can reduce your risk of
    dying prematurely
    dying prematurely from heart disease
    developing high blood pressure
    developing diabetes
    developing osteoporosis (brittle bones)
    developing colon cancer
    developing depression and anxiety




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Examples of Moderate Kinds of
   Physical Activity                                                  FACT SHEET

According to the Surgeon General, significant health benefits can be obtained by
including a moderate amount of physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week.
Examples of moderate kinds of physical activity include:

   Baseball                                      Ice fishing
   Basketball                                    Jumping rope
   Beach combing                                 Playing games
   Berry picking                                 Pushing a stroller
   Bicycling                                     Raking leaves
   Carrying wood, water, groceries               Rowing
   Chopping wood                                 Running
   Climbing                                      Scrubbing
   Dancing                                       Shoveling snow
   Dog mushing                                   Skiing
   Exercising                                    Skipping
   Fishing                                       Sledding
   Gardening                                     Snow shoeing
   Hiking                                        Stair walking
   Hunting                                       Swimming
                                                 Trapping
                                                 Vacuuming
                                                 Volleyball
                                                 Walking
                                                 Washing and waxing a car
                                                 Washing window or floors
                                                 Water aerobics
                                                 Wheeling self in wheelchair
                                                 Yard work


                                     TAKE HEART ALASKA PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESOURCE KIT
Physical Activity Facts –
   About Alaskan Adults                                                  FACT SHEET

  Roughly half of Alaskan adults or 53% have a sedentary lifestyle. Of males,
   49% are sedentary and of females, 57% are sedentary.
  Among race groups, 49% of whites, 49% of African Americans, 58% of
   Alaska Natives and 55% of Asian Pacific Islanders report sedentary lifestyle.
  Approximately one quarter (25%) of Alaskan adults report no leisure time
   physical activity.
  Thirty-three percent (33%) of Alaskan adults report exercising regularly and
   14% of Alaskan adults engage in regular and vigorous exercise.
  Inactivity is more common among women than men. Thirty-one percent
   (31%) of Alaskan women report no leisure time physical activity compared
   to 20% of men.
  The most common specified activities among adults who exercise are
   walking, running, yard work, bicycling and home exercise.




                                            Physical Activity Levels
                                                 of Alaskan Adults
                                                                Regular Exercise
                                                                            33%


                                                                                   Regular and
                                                                                      Vigorous
                                                                                       Exercise
                                                    Irregular                             14%
                                                     Exercise
                                                        27%


                                                                     No Exercise
                                                                           25%


 Source: Alaska Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, 1996 Annual
         Report. Alaska Division of Public Health, Section of
         Community Health and Emergency Medical Services.

                                     TAKE HEART ALASKA PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESOURCE KIT
Physical Activity Facts –
   About Alaskan Youth                                              FACT SHEET

  Approximately half (51%) of Alaskan high school students participate in
   physical education classes.
  Among high school students, participation in physical education classes
   decreases with increasing grade level.
  High school boys more commonly report muscle strengthening exercises
   than girls (62% of boys and 49% of girls).
  Among high school boys and girls, the proportion reporting vigorous
   exercise decreases with increasing grade level. The decrease is most apparent
   among girls.
  Among high school students, 78% of boys and 65% of girls reported
   participating in vigorous physical activity.
  About half of all high school students report participating on at least one
   school sponsored sports team in the last 12 months.
  Over half of middle school students, and more boys than girls, reported
   playing on a sports team (67% of boys and 58% of girls).
  Over 80% of middle school boys and girls report exercising or playing sports
   on three of the seven days prior to the survey.
  Over 80% of middle school boys and girls report usually attending physical
   education classes.




 Source: Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Alaska Report - 1995. Alaska
         Division of Public Health, Section of Epidemiology.

                                     TAKE HEART ALASKA PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESOURCE KIT
Supporting Physical Activity
                                                                       FACT SHEET
What Communities Can Do
   Create opportunities for physical activities that are enjoyable and rewarding
    and that involve family and friends.
   Provide safe, accessible, and attractive trails for walking and bicycling, and
    sidewalks with curb cuts.
   Encourage malls, schools and other indoor or protected locations to provide
    safe places for walking in any weather.
   Provide safe playgrounds and parks for playing and enjoying.
   Provide community-based programs to meet the needs of general and
    special populations.



What Schools Can Do
   Provide quality, preferably daily, K-12 physical education classes and hire or
    train physical education specialists to teach them.
   Provide appropriate physically active role models for youths.
   Open schools to community recreation.
   Provide a range of extracurricular programs in schools and to meet the needs
    and interests of specific adolescent and young adult populations.



What Health Care Providers Can Do
   Talk routinely to all patients about the importance of incorporating physical
    activity into their daily lives.



What Employers Can Do
   Offer opportunities and incentives for employees to incorporate moderate
    physical activity into their daily lives.




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