Fitness and Physical Activity


Physical activity is necessary for optimal health and wellness.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans describes the major research findings on the health benefits of physical activity:

  • Regular physical activity reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes.   
  • Some physical activity is better than none.
  • For most health outcomes, additional benefits occur as the amount of physical activity increases through higher intensity, greater frequency, and/or longer duration.
  • Most health benefits occur with at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking.
    • Additional benefits occur with more physical activity.
  • Both aerobic (endurance) and muscle-strengthening (resistance) physical activity are beneficial.
  • Health benefits occur for children and adolescents, young and middle-aged adults, older adults, and those in every studied racial and ethnic group.
  • The health benefits of physical activity occur for people with disabilities.
  • The benefits of physical activity far outweigh the possibility of adverse outcomes.


    Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily. Adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous intensity aerobic activity. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week.

 

Types of Physical Activity:


     Aerobic:

Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.

     Muscle-strengthening:

As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.

     Bone-strengthening:

As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
 

Visit the links below for more information regarding physical activity.

Center for Disease Control

Healthy People 2020

School Nutrition and Fitness
 

 

In This Section

Health Screening Schedule- 2017-2018
Pre-K, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 9th grade wellness classes


September 6, 7                South

September 11, 12            Alexander

September 19, 20            Community Montessori

September 25, 26, 27      Arlington

October 2, 3, 4                Andrew Jackson

October 17, 18                East

October 19, 20                Pre-K Center (Nova)

October 23, 24, 25          Thelma Barker

October 30, 31                Pope

November 6, 7, 8            JCT

November 13, 14            Lane

November 27, 28            Lincoln

November 30, Dec 1       Denmark

December 4, 5               West Bemis

December 6, 7               Rose Hill

December 11, 12, 13      Northeast

December 18, 19            North Parkway

January 29, 30               West Bemis

February 5, 6                 Northeast

February 12, 13             North Parkway

 

High School Wellness classes will be scheduled with the Wellness teachers by the school nurse. Health Screens need to be completed 2-3 weeks prior to the end of each semester.