Physical Activity is for Everybody. How do you get enough?

Jan 12, 2011
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The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability is sponsoring a video contest entitled, “How do you get enough?” Being physically active is good for every body. This is especially true for people with disabilities who tend to participate in less physical activity, carry excess weight and have higher rates of chronic heart disease and other health conditions.  The intention of this video contest is to illustrate to society that people with disabilities do live healthy active lifestyles as well as share various ways to get physical activity for individuals with disabilities and activity limitations.

Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, recreational or competitive, solo or team, easy or intensive, we (and the rest of the world) are looking how you (successfully or unsuccessfully) get enough activity in a 1-10 minute video clip! Winners will be announced on August 1, 2011. This video contest will be promoted through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and video sharing sites such as Youtube.

Once the winners have been announced, winning videos will be posted to Youtube in an effort to have them go viral. A viral video is defined as a video that gains popularity through word of mouth such as video sharing. With the increase of cameras and cell phones with video capabilities, many people without expensive camera equipment and editing expertise are able to create these hugely popular videos without much effort.

So it’s time to get those cameras out because anybody everybody can get involved in this contest. According to the U.S. Department of labor, more than 20 million families in the U.S. have at least 1 member with a disability, and in one out of every 5 households in the U.S. a family is caring for a child that has unique health care needs.  Physical activity is for everybody and with the two billion views on YouTube per day, this largely untapped market place of adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities can make a huge impact by showing the world how people with disabilities get their physical activity.

Please see the contest rules at http://www.ncpad.org/fitt/fact_sheet.php?sheet=854. To view a sample video, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AGgD9rFdsA

Author: Melissa