Questions And Answers

US Q. Is the Exercise US (EUS) program similar to Project ACES?

US A. No! Some may think so because it is a massive exercise event involving many children, but if you understand both programs, you will realize they are very different. Project ACES aims to get millions of children worldwide exercising simultaneously at 10am (local time). Although it is truly impossible to get all the children to exercise simultaneously due to various time zones throughout the world, the concept is quite simple to the children, motivating, and successful. During Project ACES, there are many periods of time throughout the program where no children are exercising between workout sessions due to the different time zones, which takes out the 'continuous exercise' factor. For example, if children on the east coast start to exercise during Project ACES at 10am, most schools on the east coast will be done with their exercise session within 15-30 minutes, which leaves no children exercising for 30-45 minutes until children start to exercise at 10am in the next time zone. The Exercise US program is geared to get children exercising for 10 continuous hours, starting at 8am on the east coast, and ending at 3pm on the west coast.

So it is Simultaneous (ACES) vs. Continuous (EUS)

US Q. How can I get top slot for my 15 minute exercise session?

US A. There are a total of 40 time slots to sign up for in this event. They are all on a first come, first serve basis. If you were fortunate to sign up first for a time slot, you get the top billing.

US Q. Are there any costs involved by joining this program?

US A. There are no costs. Just sign up and join the fun, as well as teach the children the benefits of exercise.

US Q. Do we need to follow any specific routine?

US A. No, all the information given on the activity page are suggestions. You can do whatever you would like for the 15 minutes of exercise.

US Q. Does this program need to involve the entire school population?

US A. No, you may do it with just one class, or the entire school population.

US Q. Can we sign up for more than one time slot?

US A. Yes, you may do this.

US Q. Is it alright to call our local TV or newspaper too see if they can cover the event?

US A. Absolutely! The press has a lot of power over how physical education and children's fitness is portrayed in the United States. The Exercise US program was developed to show the country that children in the United States are aware of the childhood obesity problem, and making the effort to defeat it.

Exercise Daily

Children need to get at least 60 minutes of activity everyday. Whether it is playing sports, simple calisthenics, or going on a family walk, adults need to get their children up and moving. The American Heart Association (AHA), is now reporting that 25 million children and adolescents (age 2-19) in the United States are overweight or obese - that's nearly 1 in 3 American children. Teach children the value of leading a healthy lifestyle!

The AHA also reports "Most obese children already have at least one other major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood cholesterol, high triglycerides, high insulin or high blood pressure."

Use the Exercise US program as a motivational tool to help your children start exercising on a daily basis!

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Why participate in the Exercise US event?

According to The President's Council On Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN), "Moderate daily physical activity can reduce substantially the risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers, such as colon cancer. Daily physical activity helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, helps prevent or retard osteoporosis, and helps reduce obesity, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and symptoms of arthritis."

The American College Of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently sent out a press release that suggests "children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 engage in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day, including aerobic, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening exercises." Promoting physical activity is the start of getting children healthier.

The 15 minutes the children participate in the Exercise US program may not change their lives, but may be the start of a good habit that will help them lead a healthy lifestyle!