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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
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Division of Chronic Disease and
Injury Prevention
695 S. Vermont Ave., 14th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 351-7887
Fax: (213) 637-4879
pacvh@ph.lacounty.gov

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Resources for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

  • Helps you build strong bones, muscles, and joints
  • Helps you maintain a healthy weight
  • Helps you make friends
  • Helps you relax and feel better

  • Key Messages

  • Adolescents and young adults, both male and female, benefit from physical activity.

  • Both girls and boys benefit from physical activity.
  • Physical activity does not need to feel hard. Have fun with it! Try riding a bike, skating, playing basketball or Frisbee, walking with your friends, jumping rope.
  • Try to play and be active for at least 60 minutes everyday. You don't have to do it all at once. You can do different activities a little bit at a time. For example, take a 10 minute walk with your friends during lunch or after school, play basketball for 20 minutes with your friends.
  • Don't overdo it! More physical activity is usually better, but too much can hurt you. Listen to your body. If you feel pain try to take it easy.


  • Source: CDC Physical Activity Website
         
    Links to other websites and resources:

    Links To Other Websites

  • BAM! Body and Mind: Physical Activity


  • This is an interactive website that helps youth increase their physical activity. Features include: creating your own customized fitness/activity calendar, asking an "Xpert" for advice, and physical activity quizzes.

  • Kidnetic


  • This website helps kids 9-12 and their families eat healthy and stay active. Find cool healthy recipes, take the fitness challenge, or play with the "move mixer" that lets you design a dance. There are a lot of other awesome features on this website. Click on the link to check them all out!

  • Kids Health


  • This website is broken up separately for parents, children and teens. It provides easy to understand information, perspective, advice, and comfort about health for families on a wide range of issues that affect children and teens.

  • CDC:Kids Walk to School


  • Get information and resources about walking to school.

  • Child Nutrition and Health


  • This website provides information and resources to help youth and their families stay healthy!

  • USDA: Tips for Increasing Physical Activity


  • Get simple ideas on how to increase your current level of physical activity.

  • Champions for Change: Be Active


  • Learn simple strategies to help reach 60 minutes of physical activity everyday.

  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports


  • Take the challenge. See what other kids like you are doing to be physically fit. This website also lets you track your activities and gives you ideas on how to stay active.

  • CDC Physical Activity Videos


  • These cool videos show you show you how to strengthen your muscles with simple exercises and help you understand how physically active you should be.

  • Park Finder Locator Page


  • Find a park near you using this Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation locator page.

  • LA County Be Active Resource Directory


  • Listed in this directory is information on nutrition and physical activity resources located throughout Los Angeles County. In addition, a wide variety of internet resources are included.

  • Kids Quiz


  • Kids Quiz - a fun, daily trivia quiz designed for kids between the ages of 8 and 18. Each day students are provided with a daily trivia quiz question about nutrition, health, physical activity, sports, and a host of other topics. Many of the questions students will have to guess at the answer.


    Resources for Girls



  • Girl's Health: Fitness


  • This website is for girls who want to learn more about why fitness matters and how to stay safe doing it.

  • Powerful Bones, Powerful Girls


  • Get facts about your bones and how to make them strong! Learn about the importance of calcium. There are interactive activities, such as a skeleton that shows the names of bones when the mouse is rolled over the words. Get facts about your bones through quizzes, interactive games, and links to other cool websites!

  • Kids Health


  • This website provides you with a lot of information to help you stay healthy. There is information from everything from food & fitness, school & jobs, and body & mind. Features include quizzes, healthy recipes, and the ability to ask experts health related questions.

  • BAM! Body and Mind: Physical Activity


  • This is an interactive website that helps youth increase their physical activity. Features include: creating your own customized fitness/activity calendar, asking an "Xpert" for advice, and physical activity quizzes.

  • Child Nutrition and Health


  • This website provides information and resources to help youth and their families stay healthy!

  • CDC Physical Activity Videos


  • These cool videos show you show you how to strengthen your muscles with simple exercises and help you understand how physically active you should be.

  • Kids Quiz


  • Kids Quiz - a fun, daily trivia quiz designed for kids between the ages of 8 and 18. Each day students are provided with a daily trivia quiz question about nutrition, health, physical activity, sports, and a host of other topics. Many of the questions students will have to guess at the answer.

  • Kidnetic


  • This website helps kids 9-12 and their families eat healthy and stay active. Find cool healthy recipes, take the fitness challenge, or play with the "move mixer" that lets you design a dance. There are a lot of other awesome features on this website. Click on the link to check them all out!

  • Students Take Charge


  • Students across the country are putting their passion for eating right, being active and living healthy into making their schools healthier places. Join them. Use this site to get ideas, plan a project and share your success!

  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: For Kids


  • Take the challenge. See what other kids like you are doing to be physically fit. This website also lets you track your activities and gives you ideas on how to stay active.

  • Girl's Health Body Mass Index Calculator


  • For girls ages 10-16: find out what your Body Mass Index is and what it means.


    Resources For Boys



  • Kids Health


  • This website provides you with a lot of information to help you stay healthy. There is information from everything from food & fitness, school & jobs, and body & mind. Features include quizzes, healthy recipes, and the ability to ask experts health related questions.

  • BAM! Body and Mind: Physical Activity


  • This is an interactive website that helps youth increase their physical activity. Features include: creating your own customized fitness/activity calendar, asking an "Xpert" for advice, and physical activity quizzes.

  • Child Nutrition and Health


  • This website provides information and resources to help youth and their families stay healthy!

  • CDC Physical Activity Videos


  • These cool videos show you show you how to strengthen your muscles with simple exercises and help you understand how physically active you should be.

  • Kids Quiz


  • Kids Quiz - a fun, daily trivia quiz designed for kids between the ages of 8 and 18. Each day students are provided with a daily trivia quiz question about nutrition, health, physical activity, sports, and a host of other topics. Many of the questions students will have to guess at the answer.

  • Kidnetic


  • This website helps kids 9-12 and their families eat healthy and stay active. Find cool healthy recipes, take the fitness challenge, or play with the "move mixer" that lets you design a dance. There are a lot of other awesome features on this website. Click on the link to check them all out!

  • Students Take Charge


  • Students across the country are putting their passion for eating right, being active and living healthy into making their schools healthier places. Join them. Use this site to get ideas, plan a project and share your success!

  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: For Kids


  • Take the challenge. See what other kids like you are doing to be physically fit. This website also lets you track your activities and gives you ideas on how to stay active.


    Resources for Teens



  • Kids Health


  • This website provides you with a lot of information to help you stay healthy. There is information from everything from sexual health, food & fitness, school & jobs, and body & mind. Features include quizzes, healthy recipes, and hot topics such as diet pills and H1N1.

  • BAM! Body and Mind: Physical Activity


  • This is an interactive website that helps youth increase their physical activity. Features include: creating your own customized fitness/activity calendar, asking an "Xpert" for advice, and physical activity quizzes.

  • Child Nutrition and Health


  • This website provides information and resources to help youth and their families stay healthy!

  • CDC Physical Activity Videos


  • These cool videos show you show you how to strengthen your muscles with simple exercises and help you understand how physically active you should be.

  • Students Take Charge


  • Students across the country are putting their passion for eating right, being active and living healthy into making their schools healthier places. Join them. Use this site to get ideas, plan a project and share your success!

  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: For Teens


  • Take the challenge. See what other kids like you are doing to be physically fit. This website also lets you track your activities and gives you ideas on how to stay active.


    Resources for Adults with Kids



  • CDC:Making Physical Activity Part of a Child's Life


  • This page provides information to parents who wish to help increase the levels of physical activity in their children.

  • CDC:Kids Walk to School


  • Learn more about the CDC's KidsWalk-to-School community-based program that aims to increase opportunities for daily physical activity by encouraging children to walk to and from school in groups accompanied by adults. Find resources to help your child increase their level of physical activity.

  • Kids Health


  • This website is broken up separately for parents, children and teens. It provides easy to understand information, perspective, advice, and comfort about health for families on a wide range of issues that affect children and teens.

  • Champions for Change: Be Active


  • Learn simple strategies to help your children reach 60 minutes of physical activity everyday.

  • Child Nutrition and Health


  • This website provides information and resources to help youth and their families stay healthy!

  • CDC Physical Activity Videos


  • These cool videos show you show you how to strengthen your muscles with simple exercises and help you understand how physically active you should be.

  • Park Finder Locator Page


  • Find a park near you using this Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation locator page.

  • LA County Be Active Resource Directory


  • Listed in this directory is information on nutrition and physical activity resources located throughout Los Angeles County. In addition, a wide variety of internet resources are included.

    Downloadable Forms

                    CDC Physical Activity Level Examples
                                                      This sheet provides examples of moderate aerobic activity routines and vigorous aerobic activity routines.



                     Champions for Change: Physical Activity For Your Health, Your Neighborhood, Your Life
                                                        Use this guide to help increase physical activity in you, your community, and your family.





                      The Shape of Yoga
                                                           This is a nutrition and physical activity booklet for families.                                  

    How much physical activity do youth need?
    Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day

    Aerobic Activity

    Aerobic activity should make up most of your child's 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. This can include either moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or vigorous-intensity activity, such as running. Be sure to include vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least 3 days per week.


    Muscle Strengthening

    Include muscle strengthening activities, such as gymnastics or push-ups, at least 3 days per week as part of your child's 60 or more minutes.


    Bone Strengthening

    Include bone strengthening activities, such as jumping rope or running, at least 3 days per week as part of your child's 60 or more minutes.



    Source:
    CDC Physical Activity Website
    Tools
  • Physical Activity Calorie Calculator


  • Find out how many calories you burn doing your favorite exercise or activity.

  • MyPyramid.gov: Inside the Physical Activity Pyramid


  • Click on this link to see how many calories you burn for different activities.

  • Make Your Calories Count


  • This fun and interactive website helps you learn about eating healthy and help you be active!

  • Portion Disortion


  • Want to know how much people eat and how much they ate in the past? Check out this cool website showing today's portion sizes with those from 20 years ago. Be amazed at how much portions have changed!

  • Girl's Health Body Mass Index Calculator


  • For girls ages 10-16: find out what your Body Mass Index is and what it means.

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