Pedometers: Use for Children
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that students engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
A pedometer is a small portable tool used to track the numbers of steps taken by the individual wearing it. This small (size of a paper clip) inexpensive tool is useful to help achieve 60 minutes of moderate to vigourous physical activity (MVPA) in a day. It takes approximately 12,000 steps measured by a pedometer to achieve 60 minutes of MVPA.
This is important because according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), childhood obesity has doubled in the past 30 years. The health risk include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, stroke, and more than ten types of cancer.
K-1 students will receive a pedometer as a prize for the Early Childhood Center's Fun Run on Halloween Day. Parents can encourage their children to wear their pedometer to monitor how much the students are moving during the day. Students can also help motivate parents to wear a pedometer and track their activity in order to help achieve family fitness.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.