For the sixth straight season, the Chicago Wolves are excited to offer “Howl For Your Health.” This program challenges America’s youth, families and schools to incorporate physical activity into the everyday lives of students.
Over the last 30 years, the obesity rate has more than doubled among children and more than tripled among adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obese children and adolescents have a greater risk of developing bone and joint problems, sleep apnea and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem. Obesity can also lead to other health problems such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers.
“Howl For Your Health” is designed to use Wolves resources to bring America’s sedentary habits to light and inspire changes that can facilitate a healthy lifestyle for students. This program uses activity charts, healthy lifestyle tips and posters to create an environment of self-awareness in the home and at school.
In addition to the activity goal charts, we recommend using a physical fitness test to help students see improvement in their fitness level. Five physical tests can be administered by the physical education teacher: shuttle run, sit up minute test, push up test, one-mile run/walk, and sit-and-reach. The students should be tested at the beginning of the program and at the conclusion to determine improvement.
Students who improve in three of the five physical tests AND/OR complete their activity charts receive a certificate redeemable for a complimentary ticket to a select 2013-14 Chicago Wolves home game.
If you would like to sign up for the "Howl For Your Health" program, please fill out the form below.
Healthy Living Tips:
Fluid intake is instrumental to putting in your best performance. Drink 1-2 cups of fluid before a game or practice and 1.5-2.5 cups for every 30 minutes of exercise. Take in an additional 2 cups post-workout.
You know milk contains calcium, which helps you grow and defends your bones from breaking, but did you know calcium is also found in vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts and beans. Low-fat yogurt, cheese and soy milk also contain vital minerals to help kids develop strong.
Sugary drinks? Cut ‘em out. Fight thirst with water or low-cal drinks to feel better in the long run and avoid a sugar crash. Pre and post workout, sip on diluted fruit juice or sports drinks in lieu of water.
In the battle of the breads, whole grain beats white every time. With more fiber and vitamins, it makes white look wimpy. Aim for three servings of whole grains per day.
Pros know the importance of protein. Limit how much red meat you eat and instead, stock up on lean proteins like chicken and fish. In the morning, go for eggs and Greek yogurt with nuts. They’ll keep you running all day.