Active Living - At Home
At Home: Non-work and Non-School Time
Adults 18 and older need 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days a week to be healthy; children and teens need 60 minutes of activity a day for their health. We call this your Daily Dose.
As little as 10 minutes of physical activity here and there fits easily into your day and adds up nicely!
As part of your routine activities:
- Walk, wheel, or bike more, drive less. Walking & Bicycling.
- Walk up stairs instead of taking an elevator.
- Get off the bus a few stops early and walk or wheel the remaining distance.
- Mow the lawn with a push mower.
- Rake leaves.
- Push a stroller.
- Clean the house.
- Do exercises or pedal a stationary bike while watching television.
- Play actively with children.
- Take a brisk 10-minute walk or wheel in the morning, at lunch, and after dinner.
As part of your exercise or recreational routine:
- Walk, wheel, or jog.
- Bicycle or use an arm pedal bicycle.
- Swim or do water aerobics.
- Play racket or wheelchair sports.
- Golf (pull cart or carry clubs).
- Cross-country ski.
- Play basketball.
- Take part in an exercise program at work, home, school, or gym.
Small Steps, Big Rewards - a game plan for preventing type 2 diabetes
Current Health Department Activities
- Eat Smart - At Home (Cook Smart, Portions)
- Eat Smart - Supermarket Tours
- Eat Smart - When Eating Out
- CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Children's Health)
- Prenatal Care
- Public Health Nurse - Home Visiting
- Childhood Immunizations
- Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
- Tobacco - Cessation, Take It Outside, Strategies to Reduce Youth Use
- WIC - A public health nutrition program for Women, Infants & Children
- Unplug and Play - Reducing Screen Time - A brochure
Missoula Measures - Community Health Data
For more information on the following topics, visit Missoula Measures:
Links to Further Information
- CDC - Youth Tobacco Prevention
- Preventing Kids from Smoking
- The Role of Parents in Preventing Underage Drinking - US Department of Health and Human Services
- Safety at Home - CDC
- Emergency Preparedness
- Healthy Living - CDC - Pages on maintaining a healthy weight, preventing diabetes, nutrition, etc...
- Adolescent Health - MT Department of Health and Human Services
- Presidents Council on Physical Fitness
- Overcoming Barriers to physical activity: From CDC
- Aim for Fitness
- Walking for Exercise - a physical therapists perspective
- Body Mass Index - BMI info from CDC
- Health risks associated with overweight - from the National Institutes of Health
- National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
- Benefits of Healthy Lifestyle Choices
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