Mon, Dec 12, 2011
Agency Promoting Healthy Lifestyles, Exercise Among Kids
An engaging new NASA program brings the excitement of space
exploration to children learning to live a healthy
lifestyle. NASA's Train Like an Astronaut program aims to
increase opportunities both in and out of school for kids to become
more physically and mentally active.
The program uses the excitement of space exploration and
astronaut training to challenge, inspire and educate kids to set
physical fitness goals and practice fitness and proper nutrition.
Kids will explore mission challenges, learn the science behind
nutrition and learn to train like an astronaut. The activities used
in the Train Like an Astronaut program were developed in
cooperation with NASA scientists and fitness professionals who work
directly with astronauts. Although designed for 8-12-year-olds, the
program is for anyone who is curious about space exploration and
what it takes to be an astronaut.
"A part of the human space exploration mission is to inspire our
youth to stay in school and master professions in the sciences and
engineering fields to carry on this important work well into the
21st century," said Charles Lloyd, NASA's Human Research Program
Education and Outreach Project manager. "We believe this starts
with our youth in elementary school, and hope this ongoing fitness
challenge will assist them with that lifelong endeavor."
The activities align with national education standards and are
part of the physical education and health curriculum in schools
throughout the country. Teachers easily can modify the activities
to create an environment that supports all learners. No special
equipment is required and while adult supervision is suggested, the
activities are routine and involve no heavy-lifting so children are
free to play alone. Participants simply visit the website, find a
favorite exercise and get started.
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