January 7, 2013
Howard County is missing the mark on childhood obesity. If Howard County really wants to reduce childhood obesity, they need to work with our school system to protect the health of our students. They will need to protect time designated for recess and increase the time allotted for physical education in school across all grades. The current requirements are creating the obesity epidemic and failing our students. They need to allow opportunities for students with poor grades to participate in after-school physical activities. Howard County should look to New York state's requirements for physical education guidelines, which require 120 minutes per week.
March 28, 2011
For too many Marylanders, basketball is a game to be watched on television, running is the circumstance of their computers and hiking is what the General Assembly does to taxes around this time of year. For the firmly rooted couch potato, exercise is low on the to-do list. It's a chronic and worsening problem. A recent report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documents, county-by-county, just how bad it has become. Nationally, about one-quarter of adults do not spend free time being physically active or participating in such things as walking for exercise, golfing, playing tennis or running.
July 16, 1996
When was the last time you had some fun playing physical games with your kids, grandkids or even your neighbors' kids? Remember yard games like dodge ball, SPUD, red rover, croquet, horseshoes, badminton and just plain tag? How long has it been since you walked to the store for an ice cream cone, or rode your bike to get the morning paper?In the world of "everything old is new again," playing with kids will make a comeback if the surgeon general has anything to say about it.The just-released Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health has some encouraging things to say about the benefits of joyous movement, and some frightening facts about our resistance to taking advantage of it.The report is focused on disease prevention, and reports primarily on the benefits of endurance activity (walking, cycling, lawn mowing, leaf raking)
November 17, 2007
Long before memberships in gyms were common, Hy Levasseur preached physical activity and a healthful lifestyle on a morning television show, Trimnastics. Levasseur, nearly 69, and living in Edgewater, practices what he has championed since he appeared live on WBAL television three mornings a week for a full 90 minutes in the 1970s. He runs three times a week on a South River High School track and through his neighborhood, and won seven Maryland Senior Olympics gold medals two years ago. He has a 17-year-old son, Christian, who he says "keeps me in shape."
December 1, 2002
The Carroll County Health Department sponsored its fourth annual Project ACES program in October for children in the county's elementary schools. ACES (Active Children Excel in School) is a physical activity challenge aimed at improving health and fitness by increasing daily physical activity. Pupils kept track of their physical activity for a two-week period. The goal was to exercise for 30 minutes or more each day. Activities that met the requirements included walking, playing, riding bicycles, dancing, participating in sports, or doing yardwork or housework.
March 29, 2011
Thanks for your concern about the rising levels of obesity and the lack of infrastructure, programs, policy and funding to keep people, both children and adults, physically active ("Getting exercised over exercise," March 28). On January 3, I participated in the Governor's Moving Maryland Forum on Education — K-12 Breakout Session, led by Alvin Thornton. I am extremely disappointed that the governor's staff deleted the group's recommendation for a daily recess for all elementary school students from the original summary Mr. Thornton presented at the conclusion of the forum.