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Nutrition and Physical Activity

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans offers the following advice for balancing calories and physical activity:
Getting adequate amounts of physical activity conveys many health benefits independent of body weight.
Strong evidence supports that regular participation in physical activity also helps people maintain a healthy weight and prevent excess weight gain. Further, physical activity, particularly when combined with reduced calorie intake, may aid weight loss and maintenance of weight loss. Decreasing time spent in sedentary behaviors also is important as well. Strong evidence shows that more screen time, particularly television viewing, is associated with overweight and obesity in children, adolescents, and adults. Substituting active pursuits for sedentary time can help people manage their weight and provides other health benefits.

The Physical Activity Guidelines provide science-based guidance to help Americans ages 6 and older maintain or improve their health through regular physical activity. Physical Activity Guidelines.

Kansans Move Into Health Series

Kansans Move Into Health Series is designed to help adults identify important healthy lifestyle behaviors, overcome barriers that could prevent them from being healthy, and develop goals for maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors.  Each week’s lesson encourages participants to develop an individualized action plan for incorporating healthy eating and/or physical activity behaviors into their daily lives.

Nutrition and Activity for Communities (N.A.C.) series

Nutrition and Activity for Communities (N.A.C.) series by Dr. Tandalayo Kidd, Human Nutrition Specialist, is designed to assist adults who work with adolescents in addressing healthy lifestyle behaviors related to nutrition and physical activity. The series include eleven lessons that provide teaching points, curriculum guidelines, and student activities with answer keys. Visit www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore to order.

Walk Kansas for Kids

The Walk Kansas for Kids program is now incorporated with the Walk Kansas program. Here is the registration form for schools for use for the Walk Kansas for Kids Program.

You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat is designed to help adolescents understand the relationship between the foods they eat and overall health.  Adolescents are in an active growth phase, and the foods they eat can have an impact on their health in the future.  This resource focuses on four main bodily systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and musculoskeletal.  The content is presented in a workbook that highlights an overview of each bodily system, nutrients impacting that bodily system, and foods containing the nutrients.  The Leaders’ Guide provides activities that can be done with adolescents to reinforce the information learned on the bodily systems. 

Wise Eating

Wise Eating promotes behaviors that support adolescents with establishing a healthy relationship with food, as well as incorporating physical activity for an overall healthy lifestyle.  Adolescents will learn how to recognize and describe hunger, how to handle emotions without turning to food, discover the satisfaction factors during eating, learn the benefits of and identify tips for being physically active, and make healthier food choices that satisfy taste buds.