“Thanks for bringing this to the state of Indiana to help students here, Hoosiers here focus on fitness and health and their wellness,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in the recent video ribbon cutting. “Obviously it’s important every year, but it could not be more important right now.”
ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland on Wednesday ordered dance clubs closed and added new mask requirements while leaving the nation largely open for business as it tries to contain surging COVID-19 cases without resorting to a stricter, economy-crippling lockdown.
The government in Bern ordered in-person college classes halted from Monday, placed new limits on sporting and leisure activities, and ordered masks worn in packed offices, secondary schools and even outdoors if people cannot keep their distance.
Switzerland, which in June appeared to have COVID-19 contained as daily cases dwindled to just a handful, saw new infections soar to 8,616 on Wednesday – roughly 0.1% of the population in a single day.
Even so, the government stopped short of shutting retail business, restaurants and other key segments of the economy in hopes that more-limited measures will be enough.
“We have to work with a scalpel and make very precise cuts,” Health Minister Alain Berset told reporters in Bern. “If it’s not possible to get the virus under control, then other measures are possible. But we’re trying to take a middle path.”
In some regions, hospitals and intensive care units are filling up, with doctors warning the health care system could be stretched to breaking point within 10 days.
To help avoid such a scenario, public gatherings will be limited to 50 people or less, and sporting and cultural activities with more than 15 people will be banned.
Bars and restaurants must close at 11 p.m., while private family gatherings will be capped at 10 people.
The country plans to deploy up to 80,000 COVID-19 tests daily – 50,000 rapid antigen tests and 30,000 of the more accurate molecular tests – to expand screening capacity stretched by rising cases.
As domestic infection rates now exceed much of Europe, the Swiss also eased quarantine requirements for incoming travellers, with only areas abroad with rates 60% higher than Switzerland affected.
Officials were seeking to minimize impacts with the package, which includes numerous exceptions including for children under 16.
“We don’t have any time to lose,” President Simonetta Sommaruga said. “The damage to the economy would be greater if we were to do nothing now.”
The new measures are indefinite.
The country will refrain for now from expanding measures to support business after concluding existing programmes are sufficient to soften the pandemic’s blow, the government said.
(Reporting by John Miller, John Revill and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi, editing by Michael Shields and Nick Macfie)
Obesity doesn’t discriminate, it affects us all and is now considered the single greatest threat to our children. In fact, experts fear that this generation of kids may be the first to live shorter lives than their parents. Right now, more than 70% of adults are considered overweight or obese, as well as 1 in 3 American kids and teens.
Obesity also leads to serious ailments. It’s been linked to 60 chronic diseases including cancer, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and a variety of sleep disorders. This preventative disease is one of the most prolific killers in our country and is a contributing factor to 300,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
To complicate matters even further, we as a nation are dealing with a pandemic that also doesn’t discriminate. COVID-19 has affected all age groups and doctors around the nation have reported that people with co-morbidities such as obesity are more negatively affected by this virus. We know for a fact that underlying health problems including obesity have exacerbated the toll the virus has taken on our at-risk citizens.
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Stuart Academy and Frost Academy were given a brand new, state-of-the-art fitness center for demonstrating new and innovative ways of promoting student physical activity and wellness. (Photo: provided)
I’ve dedicated the last 40 years of my life to providing solutions for positive change. And during this unprecedented time, I believe exercise and physical activity are more important than ever. Not only as a means for general health but potentially as a means to stave off COVID-19. While physical activity won’t stop someone from contracting the coronavirus, it does play a role in keeping you healthy.
One of my ideas to help kids get in shape was the creation of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), which helps motivate and inspire kids to make fitness a priority in their lives. Each year, our program gifts brand new, $100,000 state-of-the-art DON’T QUIT! fitness centers to elementary and middle schools across the country. Because each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Anthem Foundation, Wheels Up and Nike, it doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime.
As a result of these crucial partnerships, we’ve been able to roll this program out to 36 states so far and have delivered more than 110 fitness centers to schools. We won’t stop until we visit all 50 states. We are building a nation that, through innovation and a “Don’t Quit” attitude, will boast some of the fittest and healthiest kids in the world!
I’ve dedicated my life to helping Americans get and stay fit, but in order to make a systemic change, we must focus our efforts on children. And this year, children in Kentucky are going to see what fitness can do to change their lives!
I’m proud to say that
Michigan City middle school celebrates new $100K fitness center with virtual ribbon cutting | Michigan City News
Michigan City staff appeared alongside representatives from the two other Indiana middle schools and sponsors from funding partners, Coca-Cola, Anthem Foundation, Nike and Wheels Up.
Speakers shared their own experiences with youth fitness and encouraged students today to pursue “an upward spiral of success” through healthy workout habits.
“This isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue, this is a kids issue,” Steinfeld said. “This is a kids issue. We as adults need to leave this great country of ours better than we found it and that’s why now we are all a part of this great DON’T QUIT! family.”
Krueger students, who have been learning remotely for the start of the 2020-21 school year, are likely to get their first peek at the new fitness equipment when Michigan City Area Schools transition to in-person learning next week.
About 70% of the district’s students have opted to return in person, while others will be allowed to continue remote learning.
“I’m not a big emotional guy, but man, that really, for our kids, it’s big,” physical education teacher Ryan Labis said at the Krueger ribbon cutting. “What this will do for our kids and our community is beyond words.”