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Friday, October 30, 2009

UCLA Tech & Aging Conf.

10-30-09: Had the privilege of being part of a panel, speaking on exergaming, games for health, and seniors at this conf., held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The theme was "Living Longer and Better Through Technology" so the topic of exergaming fit right in!

Besides presenting, had the chance to network with other folks interested in gerontology and hopefully, will be collaborating with some of these researchers in the near future on exergaming studies in seniors, since there is hardly any research in this area.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fitbit has arrived!

1-29-09: It's finally here! Thx to one of the founders, Eric, I was able to get my Fitbit before leaving for the APHA conference next week. I've had it for a couple of days now, so here are some pictures of it.

The Fitbit (www.fitbit.com) is a type of accelorometer that measure my steps, how far I've walked, and how many calories I've burned. It download's the data wireless and automatically to the receiver attached to my PC via USB and uploads my data to my account online. There I can see my progress, data, graphs, goals, etc. I can also log my eating there so I can see calorie balance info and weight loss goals.

Had a bit of a challenge getting the receiver set up on both my computer here at work (network issues) and my iMac at home, but I did get it to communicate and sync up on Keri's Dell laptop. But I wanted to use it at work and upload my data while I'm here, and also show it to patients, so thanks to our clinic's IT, I was able to get the proxy and port info so now it's working fine!

Will have more info on what it's tracking, the website, and how it's going. Initial comparison tests with my Yamax pedometer is very good. Both reading about the same.

Check out the pictures! And maybe someday, this may be a device that is part of a online video game so that your real-life phyiscal activity can be credited in the game, say like...oh, that's top secret and in development! LOL!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Support PA Federal Guidelines!

10-21-09: Take Action: Support Federal Physical Activity Guidelines Please Support Physical Activity Guidelines Take Action!

Important to Pass S 1810 and HR 3851

Please act now to support the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act (H.R. 3851 and S. 1810), which has just been filed in Congress. This bill would establish federal physical activity guidelines on a five-year cycle, like the nutrition guidelines.

You can send a message to your Senators and Representative, asking them to support and cosponsor H.R. 3851 and S. 1810. Then, please ask your friends and colleagues to do the same. Regularly updated guidelines would do much to improve the health of all Americans.

click HERE to go to the website to take action now!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Westside Steppers Wins $10,000!


10-20-09: Check out this news release on the Westside Stepper's big win! Congrats to them all!

GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON
THE WESTSIDE STEPPERS DRILL TEAM & DRUM SQUAD
AS PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

During the Council meeting of Monday, September 21, 2009, Kenney Rogers, Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports will represent the gold medal Spotlight Award along with a $10,000 check to the City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department for the Westside Stepper Drill Team and Drum Squad. The award recognizes the Parks & Recreation Program of the Year to acknowledge and further promote and support the program physical activity and efforts to positively impact community youth.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, during the awards ceremony in Sacramento, CA, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Council Chairman Jake Steinfeld presented Glenda Martin-Robinson, Community Recreation Manager and McKennzie Locklin, team member gold medals for the 2009 Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Spotlight Awards for the Westside Steppers Drill Team and Drum Squad program for Parks and Recreation Program of the Year on behalf of the City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

The Spotlight Awards recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations and events that positively impact the physical activity, fitness levels and well being of California children. The Westside Stepper Drill Team and Drum Squad program has been providing physical activity and positive experience for community youth since September 1, 1991.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Dad on GlideTrak

10-12-09: Check out how my dad, a post-stroke (right side), is walking on the GlideTrak. Hasn't walked like that in years! (Note that the seat is supposed to be a bit higher to let him have a fuller leg extension, but we didn't have time to do all the fine adjustments.)

A 7-seater bike!

10-10-09: Check this bike out! It's called the Cobi bike and seats 7 people! Independant pedaling so you can pedal as slow or fast as you want. Now that's exercising together in a fun way! This was at the Redlands Adventist Academy Home & School Fair.