#GimmeFive Flotus Challenge!

“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.”-Michelle Obama

As part of the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move, the First Lady is encouraging everyone to share what they’re doing to lead a healthier life on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr using #GimmeFive, and then pass on the challenge by asking friends and family to #GimmeFive more.

So, what is “Let’s Move?” It’s  a widespread program, created by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the crisis of obesity within a generation so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

 We are accepting the challenge. After all, we are already invested in inspiring Michigan’s kids to lead active, healthy lives. We believe that with healthy habits, #MIKidsCan do anything!

Here are our #GimmeFive ways to get healthy by incorporating fun workouts and healthy eats. Trust us, integrating exercise and healthy foods can be a lot of fun!

  1.  Fifteen minutes of jogging, running or power walking. These exercises increase your breathing and heart rate and improve the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system.
  2. Eat three servings of fruits or vegetables each day. People who eat more fruits and vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, are likely to have reduced risk of some chronic diseases.
  3. Ten push-ups per day. Muscle-strengthening activities, including push-ups and lifting weights, make muscles stronger.
  4. Twenty-five jumping jacks per day. Activities like jumping make your bones stronger and are especially important for children and adolescents.
  5. Water Aerobics. Don’t let the pool scare you, water aerobics is a fun workout. Working out in water takes the pressure off your bones and offers natural resistance that can help strengthen your muscles. Check out these tips and instructions from the Mayo Clinic to help you get started.

Now it’s your turn to #GimmeFive! Share what you’re doing to lead a healthier life, whether it’s being more active, eating healthier, or even planting a garden. Share in the comments below, on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, Facebook, and Tumblr using #GimmeFive and then be sure to pass on the challenge to someone else!

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This blog post is part of #MIKidsCan, an initiative created by Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan to promote positive change in the health and well-being of Michigan youth. To learn more about the campaign, visit http://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/mikidscan 

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture 

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