The San Jose Earthquakes and Sutter Health team up for fitness with the Get Earthquakes Fit program. The goal is to encourage students to lead a more active and healthy life.
Get Earthquakes Fit invites students to step up their physical activity in the classroom and at home through a fun, five-week program. The program helps students jumpstart 20 minutes of physical activity each day. Teachers kick off each week with a new video featuring Earthquakes players showing students how to move during exercises, which they can practice during recess with friends or at a local park with family. Then, at the end of the program, Earthquakes players and Sutter Health doctors give students special recognition for their more active lifestyles.
The program expands thanks to the healthy partnership between the Earthquakes and Sutter Health with more schools and more visits from both doctors and players in the works! To find out more about the Get Earthquakes Fit program, or to nominate your school, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lack of physical activity contributes to higher rates of childhood obesity, which increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. By enjoying physical activities together, families develop a lifelong healthy habit.
Experts recommend children play actively for at least 60 minutes each day. The Get Earthquakes Fit program helps students reach this goal by participating in 20 minutes of physical activity during class time. Parents are encouraged to continue playing these games at home.
Promote a healthy lifestyle by:
- Acting as a role model. Go on hikes or long walks, ride bikes, play sports, or engage in any kind of physical activity.
- Limiting sedentary activities such as watching TV and playing computer/video games to one hour a day.
- Getting enough sleep. Experts suggest 3rd and 4th graders sleep at least nine hours each night.
- Drinking water. Cut down on sodas, juice and other sweet drinks.
- Wearing a helmet—always. Helmets can help protect your head from injuries that can happen during play.
- Eating five fruits and vegetables each day.
More healthy tips:
- Try hula hooping or jumping rope instead of watching TV on rainy days
- Try going on a walk with friends to catch up instead of calling them on the phone
- Try eating whole wheat bread instead of white bread
- Try drinking low-fat or skim milk instead of whole milk
- Try snacking on graham crackers instead of cookies
- Try munching on baked chips instead of French fries
- Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Try walking or biking to school instead of driving