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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 5B Fhere dozens of exer00:ises children can't resist Q: Mr. Norris, my child eats OK because, as her parent, I make sure of it. However, I can't get her to exercise to save my life. What do you do to mo- tivate a couch potato kid? -- C. Duval in La Jolla, Calif. A: For the past two weeks, I've focused on the health of kids as they start another school year. I've covered keys to fighting childhood obesity and ways to promote your children's good eating habits. In this installment, I want to tackle some exercises you don't have to work hard at getting your children to do. In fact, they won't be able to re- sist these opportunities for el- evated aerobic exercise. The headline of one recent news report on the status of children's health said, "Inac- tivity is US kids' biggest health problem, poll says." No doubt their inactivity has been influenced by streams of digital and elec- tronic equipment, which don't make them expend much C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creators.com physical energy at all, apart from moving their fingers and sitting on their derriere. One friend said to me, "If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.,' Well, if inactivity is the di- agnosis, activity is the pre- scription. And activity doesn't have to mean intense workouts, espe- cially for children. In the Mayo Clinic's "5 medication- free strategies to help prevent heart disease," it says, "Try getting at least 30 to 60 min- utes of moderately intense physical activity most days of the week." The question with kids is, How? First, you've got to put lim- its on their use of electronic devices and time spent using social media. Handing a child a cellphone or gaming device without time boundaries and then not encouraging his ex- tracurricular activity is a recipe for creating a couch potato kid. Certainly, as kids age, we want to teach and encourage their discipline in good eating habits and proper exercise -- whether they like them or not. But in order to capture their mind, heart and bodily energy, why not create a physical fitness world around playtime? Here are just a few classics that come to mind: hopscotch, wheelbarrow races, red rover, tag, hide-and-seek, capture the flag and kickball. Want to entice your kids to engage in them? Buy the chalk for hopscotch, a ball for kickball, a basketball and hoop, a badminton or volley- ball set, a pingpong table, or some skates (roller or ice), and of course, there's nothing better than a good o1' bicycle. Another alluring idea is to create a competition among their friends for some prizes -- e.g., yummy, healthy desserts, fad prizes, a night of laser tag or free entrance to a movie. Or buy some trophies for some competition awards, and encourage your kids to have an award presentation at the end of their tourna- ment. Throw in a little music during the competition and you'll likely ratchet up the competitors' energy and per- formance. Another option is to buy your kids some outdoor play equipment. Not so pricey are Frisbees, footballs, kickballs and beach balls. A little more pricey but just as effective is playground equipment, in- cluding slides they have to climb up to, swings they have to sway on and bars they have to pull up to. A doughboy (free-standing) swimming pool leads to a number of wa- ter games, which are resis- tance exercises. Look around your neigh- borhood and get creative. Some people build communi- ty treehouses or tree swings into lakes or rivers. One neighborhood I know of helped their kids to create a bike track, where the kids would congregate every after- noon for races. You can bet that will get their hearts rac- ing, too! Of course, signing your kids up for sports is always an ex- cellent option. Examples in- clude soccer, baseball, basket- ball, football, hockey and ten- nis, or how about martial arts? I guarantee that last one will keep them in shape! There are also all the seasonal activities, such as waterski- ing or snow skiing, swim- ming, canoeing, kayaking and snowshoeing; even snowball fights can work up a great sweat. Anything that gets your kids active and their muscles moving and heart pumping for 30 to 60 minutes a day will do the trick. And the added bene- fit is that many of these fun ac- tivities or sports can become family bonding times, as well, as you rally around one anoth- er to cheer one another on. Exercise doesn't always have to be hard work. It can be fun work. Discover the ac- tivity that 'is popular among your children's age groups, and then encourage their par- ticipation. Odds are they can find at least one activity at every age that they will enjoy while they exercise. (SET !TAL) In the next and last part of my series on chil- dren's health, I will discuss maximizing your children's brainpower and potential. (END ITAL) Write to Chuck Norris (in- fo@creators.com) with questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2012 ChuCk Norris Distributed by creators.corn Program00allows veterans 100 percent compensation Some of our veterans, be- cause of service-connected disabilities, cannot pursue or maintain employment. A lesser known benefit called Individual Unemployability is a disability compensation program from the Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs that allows veterans to re- ceive compensation at the 100 percent rate, in spite of the fact that the veteran doesn't 5ave service-con- nected disabilities at the total rating. The veteran must be unable to maintain substantially gain- ful employment because of ser- vice-connected disabilities. In addition, the veteran must have: One service-connected dis- ability rated 60 percent or more; or Two or more service-con- nected disabilities, at least one rated 40 percent or more and a combined rating of at least 70 percent. Here are a couple of terms and definitions from the VA used for reference: VET TRAX MIKE McLEOD Division Director, Veterans Services Substantially gainful em- ployment is defined as em- ploymentat which non-dis- abled individuals earn their livelihood with earnings comparable to the particular occupation in the communi- ty where the veteran re- sides. Marginal employment is generally deemed to exist when a veteran's earned in- come does not exceed the amount established by the U.S. Census Bureau as the poverty level for the veteran only. Veterans receiving the ben- efits for Individual Unem- ployability can work as long as it isn't substantially gain- ful employment -- it has to meet the requirements for marginal employment. Sometimes the veteran might not meet the criteria listed above, and still have trouble with employability. In some cases, special consideration will be given for veterans under the following circumstances: The veteran is consid- ered unemployable due to a service-connected disabili- ty but fails to meet the minimum rating stan- dards; or There is evidence of exceptional or unusual cir- cumstances to impairment of earning capacity due: to disabilities Since this isn't like normal compensation at the full rate, the veteran might have to complete an annual question- naire to maintain this benefit and eligibility. The benefit provides an opportunity for some veterans who meet the requirements and might have some trouble gaining or maintaining employment because of their conditions. 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On Sept. 27, community gardeners can bring their sur- plus produce (fresh, canned, dried) for trade to Crop Swap, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., at QNF Learn- ing Center, 248 Main St. in Quincy For more informa- tion, call Marisa at 616-0154. The second Apple JOLT, ap- ple pressing, is Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the QNF Learning Center across the street from the Co-op on Main Street in Quincy. Bring ap- ples and containers to make the most of fall apples. For in- formation, contact Karen Kleven at 394-0269 The last Dry Canning Workshop of the year is Oct. 20, 9 - a.m. at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Quincy. QNF has special deals on bulk orders beans, rice, popcorn and more: Order early to store for thewinter. Contact Pamela Noel at 283-2480 for more information. For residents interested in attending the all-day North- ern California Regional Tran- sition Conference, Saturday, Oct. 6, in Richmond, contact Transition Quincy about car- pooling. Celebrate 100 years of history and a new life as.a recreation rental! Friday, September 28, 2012 3 - 6pm BBQ Food Tours Fun Barbeque sponsored by Portola Rotary (donations gratefully accepted) Bring a pot/uck side dish, camp chair and stories to share/ RSVP & for more information, contact Beckwourth Ranger District @ 530-836-2575 USDA 0 SJIP IMITATIIN 0 Produced in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, which is an equal opportunity service provider and employer I J If you want to send a letter to the editor or a press release, please send it here: dmcdonald@plumasnews.corn m q