The Road Less Traveled
- Park further away from your destination.
- Walk-in instead of driving-thru.
- Pay inside instead of paying at the pump.
- Take another lap after you've finished shopping.
- Walk your dog every day, even if you don't have a dog!
- Take a 10-minute walking break at a local rest area every hour your spend sitting in a car.
- Take a lap around the airport terminal next time you have a layover.
- Don't wait in line for the escalator or elevator. Take the stairs.
- Screen time includes TV, computer and video games.
- The average American watches 4 hours and 35 minutes of TV each day, more than twice the daily recommendation.
- Try to keep your screen time to under 2 hours a day.
- Click here to learn more about Screen Time.
- Join a dance class.
- Take a walk by a park, lake or river to enjoy the scenery.
- Dust off your old equipment. When's the last time you played tennis or a round of golf?
- Take a Health Day instead of a sick day. Put your health first.
|Join a Club
- Join a club to meet other people who like to be physically active.
- There are clubs for walking, hiking, biking, running, dancing, swimming, and many more.
- Can't find a club? Start your own.
- Encourage your kids to start a club.
- Start your own walking group. Meet with neighbors, friends and family.
| Get Involved
- Partner with local city governments to develop trails and other fitness facilities.
- Join your local Turning Point partnership to learn how to improve the health of your community.
- Join the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition to learn how to improve the health of Oklahoma children.
|Join Your Local Planning Council
- Develop policy for city councils or planning districts to incorporate sidewalks in new construction areas.
- Partner with local parks and recreation, home builder and real estate associations to add paths.
| Neighborhood Associations
- Work with your community or neighborhood association to repair existing sidewalks and install lighting.
- Ask city/state agencies to post signs to discourage cars from driving fast through pedestrian areas.
- Post pedestrian crossing signs in communities to alert drivers.
- Encourage the use of helmets when riding bicycles, roller blades, razors, scooters and motorized vehicles.
- Wear light-color clothing when exercising outside in the dark.
- Choose shoes, bike pedals and clothing with reflective material to help drivers see you.
- Always cross roads at intersections or designated pedestrian crosswalks.
| Healthy Schools
|Knowledge is the Key
- Ask teachers to incorporate nutrition and physical activity into their lesson plans.
- Check to see if your local school offers "experiential" learning. It increases activity and learning.
- Encourage your congregation to offer on-site physical activity to community members.
- Incorporate physical activity breaks into your workday.
- Take stretch breaks during conferences, workshops and meetings.
- Coordinate an exercise class in a break room for employees before and/or after work.
- Ask your employer to offer flexible work hours to allow for onsite physical activity during the workday.
- Request flexible time during lunch breaks for physical activity.
- Start activity clubs at work. Walking, cycling, soccer, softball, etc.
- Develop a draft policy that promotes physical activity and flexible work schedules to allow for activity.
- Learn how to become a Certified Healthy Business.
|Promote the Stairs
- Provide safe and appealing stairwells and promote their usage.
- Post signage in the stairwells.
- Start a stair-walkers club. Post a log sheet in the stairwell for participants.