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Physical Activity Requirements 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:44:00 AM
The Department of Health and Human Services issued the federal government's first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in 2008 to help Americans understand the types and amounts of physical activity that offer important health benefits. Physical activity is any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy. Some of your daily life activities—doing active chores around the house, yard work, walking the dog—are examples. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 60 minutes of physical aerobic activity daily for children ages 6-17 (there are no specifications for those five and under), and 30 minutes daily for adults ages 18-64.

The President's Council has convened a subcommittee to review the evidence on strategies to increase physical activity among youth. The subcommittee chaired by PCFSN member Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, will present their findings in a Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Mid-Course Review Report scheduled for release in 2013.

Children and Adolescents (6-17 years old)

Children and adolescents should get 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. 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 three days a week. As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle- and bone-strengthening physical activity at least three days of the week.

Adults (18-64 years old)

Adults should get at least two and a half hours (150 minutes) each week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity. You need to do this type of activity for at least 10 minutes at a time as intervals shorter than this do not have the same health benefits. Adults should also do strengthening activities, like push-ups, sit-ups and lifting weights, at least two days a week.

Aerobic Activities

Aerobic activities require moderate physical effort and include, but are not limited to: biking slowly, canoeing, ballroom dancing, general gardening, using your manual wheelchair, arm cycling, walking briskly, and water aerobics. Examples of vigorous activities are basketball, jumping rope, running or bicycling on hills, soccer, swimming laps, and martial arts.

Not sure whether you are at a moderate or vigorous activity level? Try the talk test. If you can talk while you are active, then you are participating at a moderate level. If you can only say a few words without stopping to catch your breath, then you are engaging in vigorous activity.

Muscle-Strengthening Activities

Strengthening activities work all the major muscle groups - legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms. These activities include, but are not limited to: lifting weights, push-ups, sit-ups, and working with resistance bands. Don't have weights? Common household items such as bottled water and soup cans can also be used.

Bone-Strengthening Activities

Bone-strengthening activities produce a force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength. This force is commonly produced by impact with the ground. The good news: bone-strengthening activities can also be aerobic and muscle-strengthening like running, jumping rope, basketball, tennis, and hopscotch.

I am in total support and wish you all the best in changing the way maths is now taught. I hope tea

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I am in total support and wish you all the best in changing the way maths is now taught. I hope teachers don’t see this as an attack on them but if they require more maths education perhaps their salaries should reflect that. I live in Brisbane, Australia and we have exactly the same issue here. They don’t care if the answer is correct but that the student can display deeper level thinking. How can they without the basics. My bright girls are failing maths. My grade 4 daughter still doesn’t know her times tables and I’ve been told I have to teach them to her as rote learning is a waste of class time! I only wish we had a lobby group like yours and I wondered if you could give me any advice as to how to get one up and running?Tempe LaverHi Tempe. Welcome. Starting an initiative like this one is a matter of will. You don’t need many resources initially. In the U.S. there were numerous groups of parents with shared concerns who began such groups. The ones that took off, however, and began to have an effect on educational policy, generally included professional mathematicians. Our initiative is a little bit the reverse of this: WISE Math is founded by mathematicians and others have signed on in support. Because we are subject-matter experts we can convey the message somewhat more effectively than others. In our view, however, this issue belongs to the general public and it is unfortunate that we have to wave our credentials around to be taken seriously. Anyone who is well-informed can address these issues. As we say in our intro to this page, however, there is strength in numbers, and simply organizing will get you started. You’ll find people who’ve been lonely warriors for years and they will come with surprising skills and personal resources, quite relieved to have comrades-in-arms. You’ll also find that many just had no idea where to start. Read some of our resources linked on our pages. Especially the NMAP report, and then check out the resources at NYChold, which are quite extensive. If you’re hoping to bring mathematicians on board I especially recommend the two videos prominently featured on the NYChold main page — watch them yourself and use them to introduce the subject (it explains some of the basics in terms that will connect with mathematicians). Compare what you learn in those sources with actual things you can document in your own schools. Then get articulate about what you object to and advocate for. Write an op ed; start and publicize an internet petition. Put up an attractive web page. Then just put one foot in front of another. Don’t try to go it alone though. And send us updates from time to time. –WISE Math (RC)

Absolutely….!! And we should encourage it! I am different person since I left my home country

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Absolutely….!! And we should encourage it! I am different person since I left my home country and migrated to another, but it did not stop there. I have traveled to 19 European countries plus one African. It have opened my eyes, and getting to know another country, its food, people, drinks, music, heritage, history, architecture, everyday life really makes you see one nationality of people differently and you can re-evaluate your opinion of them. But also, find common elements in your own heritage, culture and everyday life. It is one of the main ways, together with education, art, music, television or theater to bring Europeans together and let them get to know each other. A person who has traveled a lot, has gotten rid of the hard shell of his/her way of thinking and has been “educated” by his/her own experiences… He/she has acquired a broadened point of view and knowledge.. So instead of putting restrictions on Schengen, let it be and make it easier for people to travel….

Jian Song, father of two girls (aged 12 and 16).Several years ago after I realized how bad the math

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Jian Song, father of two girls (aged 12 and 16).Several years ago after I realized how bad the math textbook “Math Makes Sense” is, I told my daughters to ignore the math they learned at school. Instead, I took full responsibility to teach them math. I used placement tests downloaded from Singapore Math (SM) to see the level they were at, and then I ordered the SM textbooks and workbooks at proper levels. I started SM grade 3 for my grade 4 girl and SM grade 5 for my grade 7 girl. In my view, SM is the best curriculum for teaching arithmetic to primary grade students. It doesn’t use any confusing and complicated “strategies”. There are no colorful pictures, no activities or puzzles, no “guess and check”, and no over-use of manipulative. It teaches fewer topics at a time with slower pace, and moves to new topic only when student fully masters the current topic (this is contrary to the spiral approach used in our school system, which I believe is a major factor among others for the deteriorating math education). The word problems in SM are carefully crafted and promote logical reasoning and abstract thinking. The arrangement of the sequences is well thought to reflect accumulative nature of math knowledge.My daughters finished SM long time ago and I am still teaching them math at home. I teach them algebra, geometry (proof based Euclidean geometry, not the dumb-down taught at school), trigonometry (again, proof based), analytic geometry and maybe calculus in the future. As I don’t trust the “new math”, all the textbooks I am using are old-fashioned written by these professional mathematicians and great educators: Israel M. Gelfand, Andrei P. Kiselev, Morris Kline, and of course the Great Euclid.While I am trying my best to ensure my children to receive a good math education, I feel heartbroken to see a whole generation of young people being ruined by the education system. That is why I fully support WISE Math. I am also talking to my children’s teachers and other parents to raise their awareness. I hope the collective efforts will reverse the declining trend in math education.[Excellent anecdote, Mr. Song and thanks for sharing it with us. I'm glad to have this posted here, because you describe very well an effective strategy that many parents have found. Singapore is, indeed, one of the two resources we currently endorse for such purposes. It is unfortunate that parents have to remediate against what is learned in school under the official curriculum, and doubly unfortunate that this means some children will be shortchanged simply because their parents do not have the background, time or skills to do what you have done. Many parents write us asking what they can do for their children. We have put some suggestions . Like many parents, Mr. Song has found some of these solutions on his own and shown the way. WISE MATH (RC) ][Note from Anna Stokke: I absolutely agree with everything you've written here. I also use the Singapore Math program with my daughters (in combination with the JUMP program) and it is excellent.]

A few ideas come to mind:The surest way to develop a European identity is travel *outside* of Europe

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A few ideas come to mind:The surest way to develop a European identity is travel *outside* of Europe – especially in countries that are not too far away from our style of life. You are likely to discover that there is a common denominator which you don’t see in Europe.Travelling to another European country will be more likely to draw your attentions to what is different – but at the same time show you that people are essentially the same and you might develop some personal ties with people from that country. The present crisis became much more understandable for me on a personal level because I have a very close friend in Madrid (and there is a Greek in Dublin who’se views mean a lot to me). So from that point of view, yes travelling helps building understanding and European solidarity – which is much more important than identity.Third point: I’ve never understood why travelling to the regions in crisis hasn’t been subsidized. Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland *are* popular vacation destinations anyway, so why not egg that tourism along a bit (by making a vacation in those countries tax-deductibly for instance)?

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