The Shaq Attack: Shaq's Big Challenge

The Shaq Attack: Shaq's Big Challenge

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Typically, I don''t watch much TV. Many of today''s shows are really not worth watching in my opinion. But I have been watching ABC''s Shaq''s Big Challenge on Tuesdays from 9-10 p.m.

I usually hop on my spinner in front of the TV to see what strategies are effective for these six kids that Shaq O''Neal is trying to reach. I admire his willingness to work on childhood obesity, but at times I think he realizes he may have bitten off more than he could chew. There are four boys and two girls — all are obese middle school students. Shaq has enlisted the help of his personal physician, Carlon Colker, M.D., his former college basketball coach at LSU, Dale Brown, a boot camp type trainer, a TV chef and a registered dietitian, who happens to be a personal friend of mine, Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N, author of Joy Bauer''s Food Cures. A pretty impressive team I must admit.varicobooster

During the first show, when Shaq found out that only 6 percent of the schools in the United States have mandatory PE, he decided to try to change the rules in the middle school where the student participants attended. Shaq, Dr. Colker and Coach Brown attempted to persuade the school to add PE each day. That suggestion didn''t work due to the financial burden of making the school day longer. They finally recommended a 20-minute fitness activity during the homeroom period. The next step was to get all the teachers in the school on board and put the activity to the test.xtrasize

What I found fascinating about this concept is that in the late 80''s — when I lived in Tennessee and was appointed to the Tennessee Governor''s Council on Physical Fitness — Michigan schools were actually piloting a similar type of program. Their program was 10 minutes of fitness activity three times per day (30 minutes total). While not as many students were obese at that time, based on the President''s Council on Physical Fitness Testing, our kids were out of shape and not fit.anabolic rx24

In this pilot program all the classrooms were engaged in the fitness activity at the same time. The results of the study were significant in changing the fitness level of the students involved. Not sure what ever happened to that pilot program, but if our children could somehow get 20-30 minutes of activity during the school day, maybe this strategy would help decrease the rise in childhood obesity.perle bleue

If your family wanted to take advantage of Shaq''s Big Challenge you can go to . It''s $2 to join the club. There are a lot of resources available on the Web slim αξιολογήσεις

One of Shaq''s challenges is to get the parents engaged in helping the child become more active. He feels as I do, that parents are in the driver''s seat not only for becoming their children''s fitness coaches but also are food coaches as well. He details top 10 tips for effective family fitness coaching. These are: Show ‘Em How It''s Done – stop making excuses and jump start your own active lifestyle , Home Advantage – create an active environment in and around your home, Put the Action Back in Activity – arrange family active outings, Point System – provide activity incentives, Cut the Cord – budget TV and video time, Go for the Goal – make fitness goals with your kids, Let the Players Talk – find out what active activities your children want to do, Take a Breather – keep them moving even though they may not set any records, Don''t Be a Rookie – as a parent learn about what resources are available to keep your kids active in your community, and Quality Time – the family that works together gets fit together.fito spray

Shaq''s Big Family Challenge provides many tools that Shaq and his team of experts have assembled to help you and your family combat obesity. Here are some of the customized tools that are offered: hundreds of kid-friendly recipes, daily meal suggestions, database of food stats, fast food cheat sheet, printable food log, grocery shopping guide, supermarket cheat sheet, eating out guide, tips for picky eaters, cooking tips, activity calculator, physical fitness scorecard, family fitness log, kids'' daily workout, 25-minute workout (for the grown-ups), interactive weight trackers, healthy weight tracers, daily e-mail newsletter and daily motivation from Shaq''s cash method

Wow! What a bargain for $2. Many of these resources would be great for anyone — not just kids who are overweight. Getting in the know about your health is going to be essential as our nation transforms from sick care to a well care nation.pilaten maszk

I can''t wait to see how the Shaq''s Big Challenge ends. If these kids successfully lose weight as the show progresses, it will be interesting to follow them over the years to see if they were able to keep the weight off indefinitely. Weight maintenance is where it''s at and most difficult to achieve.come guadagnare soldi

But when all is said and done, the best course of action will be prevention — which means just don''t get fat to begin with!

Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N., is the publisher and nutrition editor of Kentuckiana HealthFitness and Kentuckiana Healthy Woman. She is the former sports nutrition consultant to the University of Louisville Athletic Department and the United States Navy SEALs. She is the author of “Fast Facts on Fast Food For Fast People” (ISBN 0-9631538-6-2) and “High Energy Eating Sports Nutrition Workbook for Active People” (ISBN 0-9631538-5-4). In addition, Barbara has a private practice specializing in sports nutrition and has a weekly health and fitness radio show on WKJK 1080 AM. She serves on the advisory board of the Mayor''s Healthy Hometown Movement Advisory Committee. She is a member of PE4Life, Coalition for a Healthy and Active America, the American Dietetic Association, NAWBO and Greater Louisville, Inc. She is a runner, cyclist, hiker and grandmother.