Call to Action

Far too many of us in Escambia and Santa Rosa are couch potatoes. Approximately 25% of adults in our community report that they are sedentary.  That means 1 in 4 of us do not participate in any leisure-time physical activity. 

What is even more alarming is that more than 1 in 3 local high school students do not get sufficient vigorous physical activity.  This sets the stage for a lifetime of inactivity, weight gain, and potential chronic disease.  Today’s inactive teens are tomorrow’s overweight adults.

This lack of physical activity is one reason that our area has high numbers of overweight and obese adults as well as high rates of heart disease, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions. 

In order to reduce the high rates of chronic disease that results from inactivity, our community must take the following actions:

  • Be more physically active, including

o   Limiting recreational TV, computer, and video game time to no more than 2 hours a day and

o   Increasing physical activity to 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes for children

o   Eating at least 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables and

o   Eliminating sugar-added drinks

Live Well Partnership encourages everyone to move more as part of a healthy lifestyle.  In other words, let’s all Play Well.

Moderate physical activity is an essential part of achieving good health.  Moderate activity is 150 minutes a week (just 30 minutes a day) of walking, light yard work, dancing, biking or active play with children.  You will need only 75 minutes per week if you participate in vigorous activity, such as running, swimming laps, walking a mile in 13 minutes, or playing a competitive sport.  More and more evidence suggest that small amounts of activity spread throughout the day is also important.  So, don’t be a couch potato; get up a move around every hour. 

PLAY WELL ACTION STEPS

+ EVERYONE

Smart steps you can do to live healthier

  • Limit TV and computer time at home to 2 hours a day. When you do watch TV, get up and move during commercials
  • Engage in 30 minutes of moderate activity each day (1 hour for children and teens)
  • Park further away and walk a few extra steps
  • Partner with a friend or co-worker; this will help you stay motivated and accountable
  • Move every 60 minutes when working on a computer
  • Walk and talk
  • Too hot or too cold? Go to the mall and walk.

+ WORKPLACE

Employers can support healthy behaviors during the 1/3 of our life we spend at work

  • Encourage employees to walk up 1 flight of stairs and walk down 2 flights
  • Hold walking or stand-up meetings whenever possible
  • Incorporate movement during meetings such as standing up or movement breaks
  • Encourage employees to stand or walk while talking on the phone or listening to webinars
  • Start a before-work or after-work walking club
  • Provide bicycle racks and offer incentives for employees who bike to work
  • Negotiate discount with local gyms for employee memberships
  • Provide small rewards for employees who exercise or lose weight
  • Start a formal wellness program with dedicated staff and budget
  • Start a pedometer challenge with prize for individuals and teams consistently walking 10,000 steps a day
  • Coordinate an off-site softball game, dancing, run or another active event

+ Places of Worship

Faith communities can help congregants achieve better physical as well as spiritual health

  • Start a walking program for parishioners
  • Offer a yoga, aerobics or other class
  • Incorporate Let’s Wiggle activities into Sunday school and child care
  • Organize group participation in community activities such as Day of Play and Ciclovia Open Streets
  • Start a softball or other sports league and challenge other faith organizations
  • Start a CROP Hunger Walk in our community

+ Education

The healthy habits we teach children today will stay with them for a lifetime

  • Incorporate movement into reading, math and other subjects
  • Adopt 5-2-1-0 and participate in 5-2-1-0 activities

+ Community

Activities to be addressed by Live Well Partnership’s Roadmap to Wellness

  • Implement programs to incorporate physical activity into learning
  • Increase adoption of 5-2-1-0 in elementary schools
  • Increase child care centers participating in Let’s Wiggle
  • Increase adoption of programs such as Story Walk and Mommy & Me by schools & child care centers
  • Encourage employers to complete the CDC’s Worksite Health Score Card

APPS

  • 7-Minute Workout App – iPhone and Android
  •  Google Fit – Android only
  • iPhone Health App – iPhone only
  • Kinect Fitness for Xbox One
  • MyFitnessPal – iPhone and Android
  • Nike+ Training Club – iPhone and Android
  • Pact – iPhone and Android

RESOURCES


Organizations

5-2-1-0 Let’s Go

Let’s Wiggle with 5-2-1-0   

Florida Department of Health – Escambia

  • Wellness Programs including health promotion, health fairs, and 5-2-1-0 resources

Florida Department of Health – Santa Rosa

  • Wellness Programs including health promotion, health fairs, and 5-2-1-0 resources

YMCA of Northwest Florida

  • Aquatics       
  • Body Challenge
  • Corporate Cup Games
  • Group Fitness
  • Karate
  • Massage Therapy
  •  Personal Training
  • Running Club
  • SCUBA
  • Senior Program