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Exercise for Life
Jill David et al
DescriptionStudents produce a video that demonstrates health risk factors and how the controllable health risk factors can be reduced through regular exercise.
ObjectivesThe student knows positive ways to influence others to make positive choices.
The student knows that physical activity reduces certain health risk factors.
The student knows how regular physical activity can relieve the stress of everyday life.
The student knows the role of physical activity in the prevention of disease and the reduction of health-care costs.
The student knows the correlation between obesity, high blood pressure, and increased physical activity.
The student knows risks and safety factors that may affect physical activity throughout life.
-Blank video tapes
PreparationsMake arrangements with media center to reserve video cameras and TV/VCR for student use.
Students will identify controllable health risk factors and understand how these health risk factors can be impacted through regular exercise.
Your PE class has been asked to participate in your school’s Health and Wellness Fair. You and your classmates have been asked to create five-minute video clips that illustrate a week in the life of a healthy teenager. Your task is to produce a video that demonstrates as many health risk factors as possible and explains how the controllable health risk factors can be reduced through regular exercise.
1. Discuss the nine health risk factors. Identify the six controllable health risk factors and discuss how regular exercise affects them. Give a brief demonstration of an activity, such as running, and ask students which of the nine health risk factors would be affected by regular participation in running.
2. Divide the class into groups of four or five. In their groups, have students brainstorm ideas for their videos. The video should document a week in the life of a healthy teenager. Remind them that they should illustrate as many of the six controllable risk factors as possible and how those factors can be reduced through regular exercise.
3. Assign roles and responsibilities to the group members (e.g., script writer, videotaper, actor). Groups develop a script, gather necessary props, plan for the videotaping session, and research any background information necessary.
4. When all videos are complete, allow each group to show its video clip to the rest of the class. Afterward, discuss health risk factors and exercises depicted. Clarify any misunderstandings.
AssessmentsHealth Risk Factors and Exercise Video Checklist
The video includes:
• all six of the controllable health risk factors
• exercises appropriate for reducing specific health risk factors
(For example, walking improves cardiovascular fitness, lowers blood pressure, raises the good cholesterol level, reduces stress, and reduces body fat levels. See chart in the attached file for additional examples.)
• a realistic representation of a healthy teenager
(-Realistic- means to eat a proper diet, get regular exercise three to five days per week, 15 to 20 minutes per day, refrain from using tobacco products, and get appropriate sleep.)
Write a note to a hypothetical friend educating your friend about how regular exercise impacts the controllable health risk factors. Convince your friend to start an exercise program.
Health Risk Factors
4. Blood Pressure
Attached FilesThe "Reducing Controllable Health Risk Factors" chart. File Extension: pdf
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