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Adolescent Nutrition

Author(s): Roberta Anding, MS, RD/LD, CDE

Lack of Physical Activity Contributes to Obesity

Teenagers and adults need to participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Physical activity, however, does not have to consist of structured exercises. Any movement counts as physical activity. Teenagers who resist traditional forms of exercise, might not be aware that other activities, such as dancing or shopping, also contribute to fitness.

To help teenagers be more active, give each student an inexpensive pedometer and suggest that they try to log at least 10,000 steps per day. Or, have students pledge or sign a contract to march in place for at least 30 minutes each day while watching television.

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

National Space Biomedical Research Institute

This work was supported by National Space Biomedical Research Institute through NASA cooperative agreement NCC 9-58.