Exercise and Cancer What is the take home message for PE teachers?
What is Cancer?
It begins when cells in your body start to grow out of control.
There are many different kinds of cancer. But they all start because of the out of control growth of abnormal cells.
Can Exercise Reduce Cancer?
30 minutes of exercise for 3 or 4 days a week can help reduce the risk of several types of cancers…
“ According to the National Cancer Institute, physically active women have a 40 percent reduced risk of developing breast cancer, and physically active men have a 10 to 30 percent reduced risk of developing prostate cancer.”…Medical News Today
Exercise Programs Benefit Cancer Patients' Recovery
Exercise programs are different for every kind of cancer…
4 week program that includes information on exercise, nutrition, spirituality, stress reduction, and children coping skills.
8 week program…cardiovascular warm-ups, low-impact aerobics, toning, stretching and relaxation.
Exercise can prevent cancer!
This video talks about physical exercise limiting your chances of cancer.
Another way to prevent cancer is eating healthier, not drinking alcoholic beverages, and no smoking.
Why is this information important for PE teachers?
As physical education teachers we need to promote life-long fitness so that students continue being fit after their education is over.
We need to find ways to make physical education more fun for the students.
There are too many people who stop exercising once they hit their mid twenties.
What are some ways physical education teachers can promote long healthy lifestyles.
Stress that eating healthy and staying fit is important.
Showing students what BMI is and explaining how it works.
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY…MAKING PHYSICAL EDUCATION FUN….WHY???...so that students enjoy exercising and continue doing it!
What are some ways that people can stay fit?
Join a Gym
Taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator
Walking the dog everyday
Don’t Forget About Nutrition!
“ What we eat makes a big difference in our energy levels, our mood and even our self esteem. When we choose foods rich in protective factors such as fruits and vegetables we are also doing something positive for our health and well-being.” http://www.cancernutrition.com/
What can we do?
As physical educators we should incorporate healthy decisions into our lessons.
This way students are learning about what is good for them while being physically fit.
An quick example would be…if you had to make groups…let the students make the group name and provide them with a topic such as vegetables. This way they are learning what sort of foods are good for you and what kinds of foods aren’t.
Kids need to learn at a young age good eating habits!
I think this is important because a lot of students aren't learning healthy eating habits in their homes. Sometimes parents themselves don’t know what a healthy diet entails so therefore doesn’t provide their children with healthy eating habits. Also sometimes parents can’t afford healthy foods so find up giving their children fast food all the time. It’s up to us to get these children with a right mind set on eating habits so that they follow good eating habits throughout their entire lives.
SO WHY DO WE EXERCISE!
Can prevent cancer!
Makes us happier.
Makes us Healthier.
Can be FUN!
Helps build good balance, strength, and cardio!
AND…it’s important that we take care of our bodies so that we grow to be healthy and strong!
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