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Why Children Should Be Getting At Least 60 Minutes Of Physical Activity Each Day

North American children are not meeting the daily requirements for physical activity, and it’s affecting their mental and physical health. With a few simple changes, we can ensure they meet these minimum requirements.

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There’s no getting around it: Children need physical activity. Years of research have shown that kids should be getting no fewer than 60 minutes of physical exercise each day, yet most aren’t even coming close to that number.

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Children who partake in one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day are stronger, more confident, and less stressed. They have healthier body weights, perform better academically, and have a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the rates of which have risen steadily over the past decade, especially in children.

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Shockingly, 9 out of 10 children do not meet this guideline. Given enough time to play, you would think that they could easily hit that target.

Why Is This Happening?

There are many factors that contribute to this issue, with no one person or structure solely to blame. We could point to schools, parents, the media, and technology, and all might be correct, but this is a complex issue with many contributing factors.

Changes need to be made across the board if we want healthier, happier kids. We saw what happened with the school in Texas that tripled their recess time and saw major improvements.

Are Children in Other Countries Getting Enough Physical Activity?

A recent comparison of children’s activity in 38 countries showed a far different approach.

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Of the countries studied, Slovenia had the most active children, with the majority of both boys and girls meeting the national standards. Slovenian schools offer 77 minutes of physical activity, taught by professionals, each day, and the results speak for themselves. Schools have a responsibility to get kids up and active, and this is just as — if not more — important than what is being taught in the classroom.

Why Don’t We See This in North America?

There are many contributing factors at play here. Budgets are tight, teachers are short on time and resources, and many parents value academic success over physical activity. But it’s a shortsighted view of success.

Fortunately, more people are finally recognizing just how important it is for children to be getting enough physical activity.

Instead of leaving it up to the school board to implement changes, which won’t happen quickly, there are many steps that both students and parents can take right now to ensure that their children are getting enough exercise. If we want to ensure their current and future physical and mental well-being, we need to do this now.

Steps Towards Adequate Activity

1. Make It a Priority

Parents and teachers alike need to put more emphasis on movement, and it should not be the type of thing that happens only if there is time left over, which sends the message that it’s not as importan. Despite taking time away from the classroom, increased physical activity will help children to excel school. Regular physical activity offers many benefits, including improved memory, focus, and problem solving skills, all of which will inevitably lead to better grades.

2. Rethinking Gym Class

Much of the limited gym class time is often spent standing and listening to instruction. Active games might be a better option — anything that gets the heart pumping is ideal here. Teaching kids fundamental movement skills such as running, kicking, and throwing will only help them in the future, and these take less time to explain. And stressing that these skills can be used outside the gym class may get more kids on board sooner.

3. Add Movement Into Lessons

Some teachers have found success with adding exercise equipment into the classroom. In Saskatoon, Canada, teachers noticed an improvement in concentration after adding a couple of stationary bikes to the classroom. Standing desks have also been implemented successfully. Bored kids are unruly kids, so this only makes sense.

4. Use Screens to Our Advantage

Let’s face it: Screens are here to stay, and will only become a greater part of kids’ lives as they age. So why not use them to their advantage, and get kids to try apps that promote activity? Wii Fit is just one example of many. Incorporating some friendly competition, like seeing who can take the most steps in a day by tracking them on a pedometer or FitBit, is another effective strategy.

5. Use Simple Tactics

Daily Mile is a simple and free initiative that has been gaining momentum in the UK and across Europe. According to their website:

The Daily Mile is simple and free. We want to get children fit for life and fit for learning by encouraging them to run, walk or jog for 15 minutes every day in their schools or nurseries. It is a physical activity which promotes social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing, as well as fitness. It takes place outside in the fresh air during the school day at a time of the teacher’s choosing. Children run in their school clothes and no special kit or equipment is required.

Hopefully this simple trend catches on in North America, too!

6. Whenever Possible, Encourage Healthy Behaviour

Physical education classes, more recess time, sports teams, after school activities — these are all opportunities to get children excited about physical activity. Highlight the benefits of exercise to help children to understand why it’s important and how it can help them in all areas of their lives. Encourage them to use their lunch hour playing sports, running around, doing yoga, or anything else that gets them moving rather than sitting.

Getting kids to reach a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity per day should be easy, and if you do some of it with them, you just might help them build healthy habits that last a lifetime.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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  • The Facts:

    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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