Mark your calendar today—the next statewide 2nd Sunday is Oct. 9. 2nd Sunday is designed to get individuals, families and children moving and engaged in activity—whether they bike, walk, run, play or participate in fun and healthy activities.
The idea for Kentucky’s focus on movement was inspired by a similar, popular event in Bogota, Columbia, where officials close more than 70 miles of roads to vehicles, opening them to local residents for exercise every Sunday.
Now, in its fourth year, virtually every county in Kentucky, a state with a consistently high level of obesity and weight-management and health issues, participates. Activities range from the old-fashioned fun of hula-hoop contests and straw mazes to more traditional pursuits of running, hiking and biking.
The day’s focus on activity helps get people involved in their own health and exercise. It also opens dialogue about these issues, leading to conversations and increased knowledge among parents and youth, family members and friends, as well as community leaders and government officials. Participation by such varied age groups and family layers sows the seed for future improved health and increased activity.
In Henry County we are doing a family oriented “Do-It-Yourself Second Sunday”. The Extension Office has about 40 2nd Sunday Tee-shirts available on a first come basis that you can stop by and pick up and then plan a physically active family activity on Sunday! Report to us the following week what you did and how many participated. We will put your name in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate from the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and second prize is a $25 Cookbook.
According to “F as in Fat: How obesity threatens America’s future–2011.” a report from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF):
Fifteen years ago, Kentucky had an obesity rate of 16.6 percent and was ranked eighth most obese state in the nation.
The obesity rate in Kentucky increased 90 percent over the past 15 years. Kentucky now has an obesity rate of 31.5 percent and is ranked sixth most obese state in the nation.
University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service publication “Diabetes and Physical Activity,” http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/fcs3/fcs3541/fcs3541.pdf, offers advice for starting to exercise:
Additionally, other weight management strategies include:
The important thing to remember is that you control many of the factors that affect your risk for serious illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes. One positive step you can take is to participate in 2nd Sunday, and then use that impetus to jumpstart physical activity until you are moving every day.