THE PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE – Yes, we’re talking about Roller Skating!

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We are proud to announce that the Roller Skating Association International has garnered the support of The President’s Challenge Program and Let’s Move Program with the mission of keeping kids active and healthy in a safe environment.
The President’s Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active an important part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity or fitness level, The President’s Challenge Program can help motivate you to improve. For more information, please visit www.presidentschallenge.org or call 1-800-258-8146.
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. For more information visit http://www.letsmove.gov.
More than just fun!

FUN FACTS

  • In-line skating as a form of exercise is as beneficial as running or cycling, according to Dr. Carl Foster, associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School (Information from International Inline Skating Association website)
  • Roller skating is equivalent to jogging in terms of health benefits, caloric consumption, reduction of body fat, and leg strength development.
  • Studies have shown that roller skating provides a complete aerobic workout and involves all 640+ of the body’s muscles, especially the heart.
  • The American Heart Association recognizes and recommends roller skating as an aerobic fitness sport.
  • Just one hour of moderate roller skating (6 mph) burns 330 calories for a 143-pound person. If that same person skates vigorously (10 mph), he will burn up to 590 calories an hour!
  • If someone roller skates one day, bicycles another, and swims or runs on another, he will take advantage of all the fitness benefits that aerobics can offer.

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The 2014 National Roller Skating Month campaign is sponsored by: Pacer, Pepsi, Crazy Skates, Sure-Grip International, Vanilla Skates, KidsSkateFree.com, JBL Trinity Group and is supported by the Let’s Move Program and the President’s Challenge Program.

HEALTH & FITNESS BENEFITS

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Since 1980, the percentage of children who are overweight has nearly doubled. Almost nine million young Americans, or about 15 percent of all children, are overweight today. Without the proper diet and exercise, these children will be more susceptible to obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, hypertension and Type II diabetes when they become adults.

A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control recommends that adolescents be physically active daily, or at least be active nearly every day while they participate in play, games, sports or planned exercise during the context of family, school, and community activities.

This challenge may not be easy to accomplish considering physical education programs and recess at schools are being reduced and eliminated. In addition, children prefer sedentary activities such as video games and television to physical activities like sports.

Today, kids need help and encouragement to stay in shape and live a healthy lifestyle. Roller skating provides a great way to exercise, and kids get to do what they like to do more than anything in the world – hang out with friends and listen to music. Kids may not realize that while they are socializing with their friends on skates, the activity itself is better than running the same distance. Roller skating provides a great way to have fun while at the same time be physically active for hours.