We all know that regular exercise comes with some serious health benefits. After all, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, “Regular physical activity reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes. […] Health benefits occur for children and adolescents, young and middle-aged adults, older adults, and those in every studied racial and ethnic group.”
There are lots of ways to promote regular exercise to your audience, and one of my favorites is with a compelling display! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own…
- The Banner: 10K Steps (with stand)
- Brainstorming Space: An easel with a whiteboard, blank poster board, or giant notepad on it, along with some writing utensils
- On Your Table: How Much to Work It Off Poster on a Tabletop Easel arranged behind some Balancing Diet and Exercise Handouts. If you’re doing the Are You Physically Active? Quiz, add those too.
- Prizes: 10K Steps Wristbands and 10K Steps Buttons
- On the Floor: 10K Steps Floor Sticker
- Are You Physically Active? Quiz
- Brainstorming: How Can YOU Become More Physically Active?
To set up your space, first arrange your table. Flanking it to one side, add the 10K Steps Banner and Stand. To balance it, set up your easel and brainstorming space on the other side of the table. Top the table with the How Much to Work It Off Poster on a Tabletop Easel and fan some of the Balancing Diet and Exercise Handouts out in front of it. If you’re doing the Are You Physically Active? Quiz, arrange those on your table as well. Put your prizes (the 10K Steps Wristbands and 10K Steps Buttons) in an obvious spot at the front of your table, then take a step back and survey the scene. How does the display look? Make any necessary shifts, then get ready for your activities.
For the Are You Physically Active? Quiz, distribute copies of the quiz handout to your participants. They can either take the quiz individually and quietly, marking their responses on the paper, or you can do a survey and walk everyone through each question together, having them call out or raise their hands with their answers. Help everyone score their quizzes and discuss the results. Are they physically active? What activities do they do that are best for their health? Why?
Then turn the discussion over to the second activity: How Can YOU Become More Physically Active? Talk with the group. What is a typical day like? When are there opportunities to squeeze in a little exercise? Can people take a walk at lunch? Go for a jog after work? Swim after dinner? What would work within their lifestyle? Offer prizes to people who participate in the discussion, and record any notable answers in the brainstorming space that you have set up. If there’s time, talk about the stumbling blocks on the path to an active lifestyle. How can people overcome the obstacles that can get in their way?
There are lots of other ways to help your audience get the exercise they need. Don’t miss these other wonderful resources that promote physical activity.
- 10K Steps Vinyl Banner
- Exercise Poster
- MyPlate Physical Activity Poster for Kids
- Exercise to Lose and Control Weight Presentation and Handout Set
And here’s a free printable exercise handout, just for you! It’s perfect for just about any display.
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