Move Your Way Southern Nevada

Move Your Way

Move Your Way is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote the physical activity guidelines and help people live healthier lives through increased physical activity.

National Youth Sports Strategy

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that children and adolescents ages 6-17 get at least 60 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Regular physical activity improves cardiovascular health, strengthens bones & muscles and helps to maintain healthy body weight.  Playing sports is one-way youth can get the physical activity they need.

Participation in sports provides cognitive and social benefits as well. Sports participation also provides opportunities for youth to develop social and interpersonal skills, such as teamwork and leadership. Benefits also include higher levels of self-esteem, confidence in their abilities and improved academic performance.

Not all youth have the same opportunity to participate in sports. The Health and Human Services Department developed the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) to address these disparities and the related barriers in order to improve youth sports participation and access. The Southern Nevada Health District is proud to be a NYSS champion and continues to support efforts to increase access to youth sports. We are committed to working toward the NYSS vision: that one day, all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports — regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code.

Resources in Southern Nevada

  • NYSS Champions: Search by state for local organizations promoting youth sports participation and supporting the NYSS.
  • City of Henderson offers a variety of sports programs for players of all ages and abilities.
  • Boulder City offers year-round activities that promote health, fitness, and socialization within the community.
  • North Las Vegas provides sports programming for youth and adults in North Las Vegas.
  • City of Las Vegas provides many opportunities for sports participation.

Playing youth sports is a great way for kids to meet the Physical Activity Guidelines. Check out the Move Your Way campaign for more ways to help kids and families get active.

 

Parents

You know kids need physical activity, but did you know that it can help them feel better right away and help them academically?  So find ways to help you kids fit more activity into their day.

How Much Do They Need?

Kids and teens ages 6-17 need at least 60  minutes of physical activity every day. Kids younger then 6 are often active naturally, but aim for 3 hours a day.

What Counts?

Whatever gets them up and moving!

  • Encourage them to play with friends outside
  • Sign them up for sports or classes
  • Take family walks or bike rides
  • Use the Move Your Way interactive graphic to see how they can get the recommended 60 minutes a day

Adults

Everyone knows that we need physical activity to stay healthy but do you know how much you need? The 2nd edition of Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and two days of muscle-strengthening activity per week.

If 150 minutes sounds like a big commitment, break up the total time into smaller increments to make it more manageable. Move Your Way has an online tool that can help you set weekly exercise  goals, choose activities you want to do and get personalized tips to help keep you motived.

No matter who you are, where you live, on your own, or together. You can find a way that works for you. Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

 

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