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Tackling Obesity

Perennial Pro-Bowl attendee and future NFL hall of famer, Derrick Brooks, spent yesterday afternoon not playing football, but presiding over the inaugural meeting of Floirda Governor Charlie Crist’s Council on Physical Fitness. The council, formed by Gov. Christ in March, is aimed at reducing obesity in children and the elderly within 10 years.

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 60% of America’s youth are obese and have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and approximately 25% have two or more risk factors.

As council chairman, Brooks headlines a noted group of athletes that includes Rocco Baldelli, outfielder for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays; Jennifer Capriati, former Olympian and women’s professional tennis standout; Nancy Hogshead-Makar, three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer; Ken Griffey Jr., outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds; Shaquille O’Neal, center for the Miami Heat and four-time world champion; and Corey Simon, former NFL defensive tackle.

 For more information on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, visit: HealthyFloridians.com.

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Soccer in the Streets

Soccer in the Streets is a non-profit organization with nearly 30 program sites that reach over 4,000 children. The purpose of the organization is to teach less advantaged children to set goals and to make positive choices.

Resources

Become a Volunteer
Bring Soccer in the Streets to Your City
Become a Corporate Sponsor

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Calculating Weight Loss/Gain

The only assured way of losing weight, in a healthy manor, is to control your calorie consumption. I have compiled a chart to show you some great activities for losing weight and how many calories per minute you burn while performing these activities.

About 3,500 calories adds up to about 1 pound of fat. This applies whether they are food calories coming in, or calories (burned by exercise) going out. If you eat 3,500 calories more than your body needs, you will put on about 1 pound. If you use up 3,500 calories more than you eat, you will lose about 1 pound in weight.

How to use this chart:

1. Pick your activity of choice (for the example I will use volleyball)

2. Find the Calories per minute under your weight, (I will use 200lbs so 11.6CPM)

3. Now take 1 pound of calories (3500) and divide by your CPM (3500/11.6=302)

4. You will have to exercise for 302 minutes to burn one pound (or 5 hours)

Many factors affect this. How hard you play will increase your CPM. 3500 is just the average number of calories to burn one pound, your body may need more or less.

Exercise will also increase your muscle mass and you may have a net loss/gain of 0 lbs, but be thinner as muscle is 4 times denser then fat.

When you plan your routine, a chart like this will help you decided what activities you must do to meet your goal. Some of the more strenuous activities require less time to burn the same number of calories.

Calories per minute of exercise (CPM)

Weight (lbs) 100-125 125-150 150-175 175-200

Basketball full court 9.8 11.2 13.2 14.5
Bicycling -Stationary 10 mph

5.5

6.3 7.8 8.3
Bicycling -Stationary 20 mph 11.7 13.3 15.6 17.8
Bicycling – 10 mph 5.5 6.3 7.8 14.5
Dancing – Rock & Roll 3.3 3.8 4.4 4.9
Jogging – 5 mph 8.6 9.2 11.5 12.7
Running – 8 mph 10.4 11.9 14.2 17.3
Sex – active 3.9 4.3 5.6 5.9
Skating – fast 8.1 9.3 10.9 12
Skiing – down hill 7.8 10.4 12.3 13.3
Skiing – cross country 13.1 15 17.8 19.4
Snow shoveling – light 7.9 9.1 10.8 12.5
Snow shoveling – heavy 13.8 15.7 18.5 20.5
Swimming – 20 yds. a min. 3.9 4.5 5.3 6.8
Swimming – 60 yds. a min. 11 12.5 14.8 17.9
Volleyball 7.8 8.9 10.5 11.6
Walking 4 mph 4.5 5.2 6.1 6.8

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2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing

Last week, a grand celebration marked the beginning of the one-year countdown to the 2008 summer olympics in Beijing. People gathered in Tiananmen Square to watch fire works and listen to the Olympic Anthem played as over 200 flags from the National Olympic Committees were joined on stage.

“Every emblem of the Olympics tells a story.”

“Dancing Beijing” is the emblem of the 2008 Summer Olympics and it represents “the Olympic epic inscribed by the spirit of the Chinese nation, calligraphed by the deeper import of the ancient civilization, and molded by the character of Cathay’s descendents.” (More information on the emblem.

According to the official web site, at least 12 new venues have been created to accomodate the olympics, including the national stadium, the national aquatics center, the national indoor stadium, beijing shooting range hall,  shunyi olympic rowing-canoeing park, china agricultural university gymnasium, beijing university of technology gymnasium, university of science and technology beijing gymnasium, and the olympic green tennis center.

A detailed schedule has also been placed online that includes each sport and when competitions will take place. (Download it in XLS format).

Olympics Fun
Desktop Backgrounds
Screensavers
Games

The Olympics have a long-standing history as they began in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece. Later in 1894 the International Olympic Committee was formed to organize The Olympics and is still highly respected today.

Resources

Official Website of the Olympic Movement
http://www.olympic.org

International Olympic Committee
http://www.olympic.org

The Ancient Olympics
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Olympics/

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