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a letter to salt lake city families on responsibility

December 9th, 2004

To Salt Lake City Families:

Are you responsible when it comes to your family’s fitness? Studies show that when families exercise together, more success is achieved in regards to physical fitness. Parents have the responsibility to set high standards for their children when it comes to staying fit. Many parents say that they work long hours and simply do not have the time to make it a priority.

 Staying fit is one of the most important responsibilities we have. We need to pass this truth on to our children through example. If we can find time to watch two hours of television at night, we can find time to spend 30 minutes daily with our kids to promote fitness and health. Parents are always looking for ways to communicate with their children. What a perfect opportunity to spend time together having fun, and prolonging the quality of life. It truly is simple. Some easy things to try with your children include: a walk after dinner, going on a bike ride, kicking the soccer ball around, playing catch. The possibilities are endless and the best part about fitness is that it can be catered to your own likes and dislikes. The bottom line is that if young people do not make the time to get fit today; they are going to have to spend time at a doctor’s office tomorrow.

     The reality is that adults and parents do not seem to understand the importance of fitness. Adults are also at risk. Some serious consideration needs to be taken if you are an adult who is not making exercise a priority. Only a small percentage of adults in the United States claim they exercise regularly and far less do enough to produce cardio-respiratory benefits. It really is no wonder that more than 1.5 million Americans, many of them at the peak of their careers, have heart attacks. Do you want to be part of this statistic? If not the time to act is now.

    It is important to inspire our-selves to exercise regardless of age. Adjustments may need to be made. No matter how old you are there are exercises and stretching routines you can follow. There are countless programs in our communities that can assist us with our fitness goals. Do it for yourself, your children, and all those you love. We plead with you to include fitness as a priority in your life. Your future will only be brighter and healthier.

We thank you for your time. Best wishes with your fitness! You can find us at www.angelfire.com/ab8/ailinghc for more information regarding our campaign.

Heather Spencer, Judi Jaggi, Christian Terry, and Andrew Dangerfield