A recent study from the Annal of Internal Medicine says guidelines that are set to regulate sugars in foods are unreliable. It is also important to note that this study was funded by sugar “giant”, so to say, such as Coca-Cola, McDonald, And Pepsi. This conflict of interested could be a problem considering that sugars are scientifically linked to the current obesity epidemic in America.
A recent article by the Mercury News states that only one in three students passed the California fitness test in 2015. Even though California students fitness score have improved throughout the past five years, 2015 scores are lower than 2014.
“I think that the decline in fitness rates can be linked to the varying accessibility of healthy foods and fitness centers between communities of variable of incomes,” said Abbey Cliffe, a Sacramento resident when asked why she thought the scores were decreasing. “Also, a society that is becoming increasingly dependent on and concerned with technology could also undermine physical fitness as a priority.”
In this past year, the percentage of students who met all six of the fitness goals declined around half a percentage point. Districts all around the state varied in results and possible explanations of the decline. The Mercury News listed socioeconomic status as a possibility displaying the scores of Los Gatos which had a more than 61% of students testing fit versus Oakland which only had 21%. Some districts show that the scores get better as the students get older. Pleasanton Unified’s 5th graders met the 36.3% of all targets while 49.6% of the 7th graders and 62.1 % of the 9th graders hit all of the targets.
“I believe I didn’t get the Presidential Fitness Award until 7th and 8th grade solely based off my mile time which was within 30 seconds of the time needed,” Katie Chappelle, a Sacramento resident replied when asked about her experience with these tests in high school. “It wasn’t terribly difficult, it took me a few years to achieve. I played volleyball, basketball, ran track and field and did dance year round. It’s not like I wasn’t active, I just didn’t excel in different parts of the test.”
This test, which has been given for the past 16 years, measures aerobic capacity, abdominal strength, upper body strength, trunk strength, and flexibility. Mastery of these tasks is a way to show how well students are fit enough to fight everyday diseases.
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You’ll want to skate right to your seat and watch LiveWire this Wednesday, October 21th. Joining us in the studio is SkateMD who will share about their First Birthday and Art Show event happening on Sunday, November 15th. Local author and sports writer, Jason Coldiron will be talking about his book “Saving Sacramento”. Fit for Girls will be jogging into the studio to share about their nonprofit that supports girls in improving their health and well-being.
SkateMD is a local nonprofit whose mission is, according to their webpage is, “to heal hearts by spreading kindness and skateboarding to special populations of children facing developmental, physical, emotional or family challenges.” SkateMD will be talking about their First Birthday and Art Show event taking place on Sunday, November 15th.
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Jason Coldiron is a local author and accomplished sports writer. His book “Saving Sacramento”, talks about how Sacramento got their newest arena and the history behind it.
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Fit for Girls, a local nonprofit, was created to promote health, wellbeing, and fitness of adolescent girls. During their program, the young ladies learn to create goals, make healthy choices and overcome other obstacles as they train for a 5k race.
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Join us and tune in to LiveWire! at 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 21th on Access Sacramento channel 17. You can also watch the simulcast online the same time it airs at www.AccessSacramento.org and click ‘watch 17’. The encore presentation airs the following Thursday at 7:30 p.m. And don’t forget to like us at www.facebook.com/LiveWire.Sacramento
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A youth-produced documentary about food desserts and food-imbalanced areas in Sacramento, with dialogue on what can be done to help solve this problem. It was produced by Green Voices – a digital media, service learning program that was held during the SCUSD Summer of Service at Luther Burbank High.