WV Farm Bureau Magazine May 2012 - Page 14

Take steps to improve your health improved overall health is a top benefit of physical exercise. If the benefits of exercise are so widely known, why do only three in 10 adults get the recommended amount of physical activity? Even worse, why has the number of overweight children, ages 6 to19, more than tripled since 1990? A common excuse for adults is lack of time. For children, it is watching television or playing video games. A recent study showed that 94% walking buddies already know each other. This reduces much of the anxiety about starting an exercise program. Walkers are motivated to make changes. After six weeks, walking becomes a daily habit. The Wild Wonderful Walking Groups have been successful in Community Educational Outreach Service groups, 4-H clubs, and worksite groups. A survey conducted following the initial program found that 87% of participants continued to walk regularly. WVU Update The West Virginia University Extension Service and the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design are pleased to offer this educational insert to the Farm Bureau NEWS as a service to West Virginians. Check our Web sites es for more news (www.ext.wvu.edu and www.caf. wvu.edu). or Joyce Bower, Editor (304-293-8703) Greg Jacobs, Graphic Designer Meg Baughman, Creative Director Editorial Planning Committee: Louise Donato, Joan Harman, Lewis Jett, John Murray, Ben Spong, David Welsh, and Jennifer Williams Programs and activities offered by the West Virginia University Extension Service are available to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, national origin, and marital or family status. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Director, Cooperative Extension Service, West Virginia University. Trade or brand names used in this publication are for educational purposes only. The use of such product names does not imply endorsement by the WVU Extension Service to the exclusion of other products that may be equally suitable. West Virginia University is governed by the West Virginia University Board of Governors and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Your family might find it Fitness experts say fun to become a “walking that people often group.” Family members underestimate the can provide motivation and psychology involved support. Taking an evening with changing their stroll together can lead to routines. Habits – many discoveries around even the habit of being the neighborhood. inactive – take time to Walking is good exercise develop and even longer for the entire family. Summer’s longer days are the to change. However, perfect time to start walking. being physically active becomes easier Your WVU Extension county office if a person has the proper social support, can provide information on the walking motivation, and access to opportunities. program and on its summer 4-H camps. Building on these basic principles, Children do not have to be 4-H members the WVU Extension Service developed to attend a camp, which provides many the Wild Wonderful Walking Groups opportunities for physical activity. program. This program addresses By David Roberts, Boone and Lincoln many underlying causes of inactivity. County Extension Agent, WVU Extension For instance, when walking groups are Service initiated with an established group, the Biodegradable mulches Crops should be planted or seeded in the mulch immediately. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and melons perform very well on Ʌձ̸Aȁձ́ͼٕ䁕ѥٔɅձ̸-ɅЁȁѕݥѠٕхȁэ)؀Mɥ(+LѥՕɽLȁЁɕձѼٽѕ̸MɅ܁ȁ䁍Ёٕȁѽɸɕ́ѼɕՍݕ̸9́ȁɑɐɔͼѥٔɅȁձ̸ 1ݥ́)а ɍ!ѥձɔMа]YTѕͥM٥()%͕ЁAɽ٥]YTѕͥM٥٥́ 9ɅIͽɍ̰ͥ((Ё]ЁYɝɴ ɕԁ9((