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Wellness Challenge Week Eight: Increase exercise by 10 minutes per day

The We Can! program by Barton Health continues into week eight for Lake Tahoe Unified School District students. This week’s challenge is to increase exercise by 10 minutes each day.

Do an activity that increases your heart rate above its normal level, but not too high, for an added 10 minutes each day (40 minutes total each day). If you cannot do 40 minutes at one time, break it down into two, 20-minute periods of exercise that increases your heart rate.

What to do: Walk fast, run or jog, bike, skateboard or rollerblade, swim, jump rope, play basketball, play soccer, play football and play volleyball.

What to avoid: Do not watch television, do not play on the computer, do not talk on the phone, text message or e-mail on the computer.

Parents should speak with a child’s doctor before starting a program if the child has not been physically active on a daily basis.

The program will begin at the Boys & Girls Club the first week after school is out. The program begins this summer at South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation and Kahle Community Center.

Zephyr Cove Elementary School will begin its program in the fall.

All information is courtesy of the We Can! program, a national program designed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to direct youth toward a healthier lifestyle.

For a free brochure, visit http://www.wecansouthlaketahoe.com.

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