Being physically active in your daily life is a key ingredient to a healthy weight and overall health. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans tell us that we need both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities. Adults need 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week and muscle strengthening activities two or more days per week; or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity and two days of strength training (CDC website www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/adults.html).
Children and teens should get 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. Given the right opportunities, kids are great at getting 60 minutes in through play and other activities (CDC website www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/children.html).
In Marion, PHC – Marion and CHC Marion are working to improve our built environment so that it is easier and safer to walk or bike as part of your daily life. In recent years, we’ve advocated for bike lanes on Ohio 95 and on Marion City streets as they are repaved. We worked with Marion City Schools for infrastructure improvements near Taft Elementary School. With the City of Marion, we established and marked a 10-mile bike route in Marion that includes spurs to the library, downtown, the Tall Grass Trail and the Ohio State University at Marion.
There is more work to do. Join our efforts by contacting PHC – Marion Coordinator Mariann Wright firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marion Bike Route: Map of bike routes marked on streets throughout the City of Marion. The main route is a ten-mile circle that does through most Marion neighborhoods. Also marked with signage are spurs to the Tall Grass Trail, downtown, Sawyer Ludwig Park and coming soon to OSUM.
www.marioncountyparks.info/index_files/RailTrail.htm: Provides information on Marion’s Tall Grass Trail and other Marion County parks.
marionymca.org: Provides information on joining the Marion Family YMCA along with specific program information.
www.phcohio.org/teachers-childcare-providers: Great list of Ohio and national resources for parents, teachers, childcare providers and others who work with children.
www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/children.html: Provides guidelines on the amount of physical activity children need each day and ideas for how to incorporate physical activity into a child’s daily life.
www.choosemyplate.gov: Provides the latest information on eating healthy; includes a page just for kids; and also includes ideas for physical activity.