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Body Mass Index (BMI) Weight to Height Ratio. The primary contributing and sustaining factor to chronic (and acute) poor health among grandparents is obesity . 18/20 (90%) are overweight; Of these, 80% are obese; Only 10% are in the healthy weight range and this is borderline BMI.

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Body Mass Index (BMI)Weight to Height Ratio

The primary contributing and sustaining factor to chronic (and acute) poor health among grandparents is

obesity.

  • 18/20 (90%) are overweight;

  • Of these, 80% are obese;

  • Only 10% are in the healthy weight range and this is borderline BMI.

  • Healthy BMI range is 19-26.


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At the beginning and end of each Health Watchers exercise regimen, HMC professional staff monitor blood oxygen, blood pressure, and heart rate. All diabetics must take their blood sugar before engaging in exercise.

Pinebelt Association for Families is working with program partner Health Management Connection (HMC)


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Education and nutrition information sessions

  • Resistance training

Weekly pre-exercise education sessions, presented here by Dr. Hall, cover topics such as healthy eating, stress reduction, reading food labels, understanding your blood lipids, and proper at home exercise regimens.


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Cardio and leg strength exercise

Guided exercise is undertaken weekly and recordskept of weekly individual progress. Pre-session weights are also recorded each week.


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Pinebelt Association for Familiesis working with the Hattiesburg and Petal YMCAsGrandchildren’s exercise routines

  • Group cooperative games encourage individual balance and coordination as well as team play.

  • This nine year old is being raised by a 75 year old grandmother with congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and pulmonary disease.


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Stretching

Active group movement games such as Army, Navy

Taebo

Obstacle courses

Swimming

Exercise activities for grandchildren under 12 years


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Resistance training for 13+ grandchildren at the Y

Resistance weight training and aerobic exercise are charted weekly under the supervision of YMCA personnel. Both males and females engage in weight training. Weight training has been found to be particularly effective for increasing bone density in females.


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Getting kids to eat healthier foods….

Eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking water instead of carbonated, sugar and caffeine beverages, are heavily stressed.

Eating together as a family is also an important part of the program.


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Chair Stand Post-TestLower Body Strength

THE TEST

  • The number of times, within a 30-second time period, that a person can come to a full stand from a seated position with arms folded across the chest. Age range: 60-69 yrs., n=14; Age range: 70-79 yrs., n=12.9.

    RESULTS

  • 90% of participants improved significantly;

  • 10% (one participant) declined who experienced an acute episode of congestive heart failure and bronchial infection;

  • Average improvement: 25.5%


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