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It is important for students to get one hour, or 60 minutes, of physical activity every day. Choose activities you both like to do and make sure to do at least 10 minutes of activity at a time, building up to 60 minutes. There are three different types of physical activity: strength, flexibility, and endurance.
- Strength activities work and build your muscles. Strength activities can include lifting weights, carrying groceries, using resistance bands, doing squats, and several sports like football.
- Flexibility activities stretch your muscles. Flexibility activities make it easier for you to bend down to tie your shoes and look over your shoulder. Examples of flexibility activities are stretching, yoga, and dancing. It is important to always stretch after doing endurance or strength activities.
- Endurance activities, also called aerobic activities, strengthen your heart and lungs. You may feel an increase in your heart rate, start to breathe heavier, and even sweat while doing endurance activities. Examples of endurance activities are brisk walking, jogging, yard work, climbing the stairs, and some sports, like basketball.
Making use of physical activity videos is a great way to get moving during the cold winter months. You and your child(ren) can practice the three types of physical activities by participating in this Stretch, Life, and Run FitBitTM physical activity video from the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Online Learning in a SNAP YouTube Page. Feel free to check out their other videos, as well.
If you have specific questions or concerns on physical activity or your level or your child’s level of participation, please contact your primary care physician.
Yogurt or lowfat cream cheese
Directions: Spread the yogurt or cream cheese over the rice cake and top with toppings of your choice! Pictured are raisins for the eyes and mouth and clementine for the nose. Great creative, have fun!
WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING? WHY ARE WE DOING IT?
Social distancing means staying away from other people to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. People catch COVID-19 from other people who already have it. By closing schools and businesses and staying home, we can make sure fewer people will catch it at one time. This makes it easier for hospitals to help the people who get very sick.
HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST?
No one knows. Social distancing could last for weeks or months.
But here’s the good news: There are lots of people working to fight COVID-19. Doctors and nurses are taking care of people with the virus. Scientists are looking for new medicines. Factory workers are making hospital supplies. Grocery store workers are making sure people can buy food.
You can help them by staying home and wearing a mask if you have to be in public.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
- Keep eating healthy foods! Try your best to fill your plate with GO foods: – Fruits like apples or grapes
– Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, or squash
– Proteins like chicken, fish, or beans
- – Dairy products like low-fat milk or yogurt
– Grains like oatmeal, whole-grain pasta, or brown rice
- Keep exercising! It’s OK to play outside if you stay at least 6 feet away (about 3 BIG steps) from other people.
– Stuck inside? Crank up some music and have a 10-minute dance party!
- Feed your brain! Your teachers have probably told you about educational apps and games you can use to keep your mind in shape. Here are more ideas:
– If you have a Memphis Public Library card, you can check out books on a phone or tablet using the free Libby app.
– Learn a new skill from a family member. Ask how to make your favorite food or shoot the perfect free-throw!
– Wash your hands! Use soap and warm water. Sing “Happy Birthday” TWICE to yourself while you scrub.
Try some COVID-19 related activities with your child: COVID-19 Activity Book *Click here to submit feedback and additional ways Healthy Dearborn can help support you and your family with physical activity, nutrition and/or Covid resources.