Our wishes for 2017: Good Health and Well-Being

Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of deaths due to non communicable disease (NCDs) worldwide – heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers – and each year contributes to over three million preventable deaths.
Goals to Transform our World
Physical inactivity is related (directly and indirectly) to the other leading risk factors for NCDs such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high glucose levels; and,
to the recent striking increases in childhood and adult obesity
, not only in developed countries but also in many developing countries.
Substantial scientific evidence supports the importance of
physical inactivity as a risk factor for NCD independent
of poor diet, smoking and alcohol misuse.
Physical activity has comprehensive health benefits across the
lifespan: It promotes healthy growth and development in children and young people, helps to prevent unhealthy mid-life weight gain, and is important for healthy ageing, improving and maintaining quality of life and independence in older adults.
The most recent global estimates indicate that 60% of the
world population are exposed to health risks due to inactivity.
Our wishes for 2017 is Keep Yourself Healthy and Enjoy doing Physical Activity. 

Physical Education Attendance among U.S. High School Students

The NPAPA, in collaboration with our organizational partners, released a new report examining changes in school-based physical education attendance among U.S. high school students over the past two decades. Findings show that physical education attendance has been below the recommended guidelines and notable differences exist between grade level, sex, and race/ethnicity subgroups.
Physical Education Attendance among U.S. High School Students
Key Findings: 
  • One-half of US high school students do not attend physical education classes-which is consistent over the 22-year period studied.
  • Daily physical education attendance dropped 16.2% in four years (from 41.6% in 1991 to 25.4% in 1995)-attendance rates have stabilized since then.
  • Attendance in physical education classes decreases steadily as a student moves from 9th to 12th grade.
  • Consistently, more boys than girls reported attending physical education over the 22-year period studied.

Facts & Statistics about Physical Activity in US

We want to share with you some Facts & Statistics about Physical Activity in US published by President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Physical Activity in US

  • Only one in three children are physically active every day.
  • Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day; only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.
  • Only 35 – 44% of adults 75 years or older are physically active, and 28-34% of adults ages 65-74 are physically active.
  • More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, and more than 80% of adolescents do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth.
  • In 2013, research found adults in the following states to be most likely to report exercising 3 or more days a week for at least 30 minutes: Vermont (65.3%), Hawaii (62.2%), Montana (60.1%), Alaska (60.1%). The least likely were Delaware (46.5%), West Virginia (47.1%) and Alabama (47.5%). The national average for regular exercise is 51.6%.
  • Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (e.g., TV, videogames, computer).
  • Nationwide, 25.6% of persons with a disability reported being physically inactive during a usual week, compared to 12.8% of those without a disability.
  • Only about one in five homes have parks within a half-mile, and about the same number have a fitness or recreation center within that distance.
  • Only 6 states (Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York and Vermont) require physical education in every grade, K-12.
    28.0% of Americans, or 80.2 million people, aged six and older are physically inactive.
  • Nearly one-third of high school students play video or computer games for 3 or more hours on an average school day.
Source: http://www.fitness.gov/resource-center/facts-and-statistics/

We created RunnerSquare to help you have a healthier life through Physical Activity. We think it is the baseline for a healthier lifestyle.

On other hand, we think workplaces should have a year Corporate Wellness Program, as work time is a long period of time with a high impact on health due to inactivity of employees. That’s why we have developed the most advanced and fully customizable technology for launching and managing Corporate Wellness Programs.

 

World Health Organization (WHO) Physical Activity Recommendations

World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following levels of Physical activity for adults aged 18 – 64 years in order to improve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone health, reduce the risk of NCDs and depression:

  1. Adults aged 18–64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
  2. Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration.
  3. For additional health benefits, adults should increase their moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or engage in 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
  4. Muscle-strengthening activities should be done involving major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.

Healthy Exercise

RunnerSquare helps you to follow World Health recommendations and stay motivated. Check out our latest physical activity challenges here.