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Swim Lessons for Kids

Swim Lessons for Kids

A skill that lasts a lifetime

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 - 4.* Water safety falls at the top of the list for parents when it comes to protecting their young children, especially during the summer months. But did you know research shows water safety skills can also improve a child’s cognitive, physical, emotional and social abilities?

It’s true. There are a multitude of benefits to enrolling your child in swim lessons. And since there are only two months left before the pools open, you may want to schedule those lessons soon. Indoor lessons are a great way to prepare your child for water safety before summer.

The YMCA (discounted membership available for Blue KC members) is just one of the many organizations with local facilities offering swim lessons yearlong. Or take a look at this list of indoor pool facilities in the Kansas City metro area.

* www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1698

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Step Out for National Walk@Lunch Day!

Step Out for National Walk@Lunch Day!

Take a walk on April 30, 2014

Question: When performed regularly, which exercise can do the following:

  • Lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
  • Lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Improve the health of your muscles, bones and joints.*

Answer: Walking

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) recognizes how important walking is for your overall health. That’s why we’re encouraging you to get out and walk on April 30th for National Walk@Lunch Day.

Watch Blue KC employees step out for a fun and scenic walk in downtown Kansas City!

* Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, “Walking: Trim Your Waistline, Improve Your Health,” December 18, 2010.

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Morning Workout

Even with scientific proof that a pre-breakfast workout burns 20% more fat, some folks have trouble getting out of bed and getting started. But Prevention Magazine offers some tips for getting a routine established.

One idea is to sleep in your workout gear, so you won't have to talk yourself into getting dressed for your workout. You might also let your coffeemaker help you out, since research shows even the smell of coffee brings you energy. By the time your alarm goes off, you can be ready to start stretching right in bed.

Once you've made a start, just working out three times will start to form a habit. To begin, commit to a 15-minute workout and see where you go from there.

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Fitness Fast Fact

Diabetics who exercise daily are better apt to manage their disease. Check your blood sugar before, during and after exercise.

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Give Your Feet the Very Best

Dress your feet in the right athletic shoes this holiday season.

Whether you’re out running around shopping for holiday gifts or on the treadmill running off those extra holiday pounds, your feet are bound to take a beating. Now is the time to evaluate your athletic shoes. Keep the following two things in mind when buying your next pair of athletic shoes. And remember, your feet deserve to look and feel good this holiday season. 

Single out your activity. If you’re like most people on a budget, you may tend to buy one athletic shoe and make it multi-task. But walking and running shoes are actually very different in shape and style. For shopping expeditions you may want to invest in a good walking shoe. But, if you’re in the gym, running on the treadmill or working out in an aerobic class, you should opt for a good running shoe that is more flexible with extra cushion for a greater impact.

What’s your foot type? High arch? Wide foot? Flat foot? Factors like support, stability, activity and basic foot physics all play a part in finding the perfect athletic shoes for your feet and the activity you’ll be engaging in. Most sport shoe stores can help you assess your foot shape. But, try this simple ‘wet test’ at home. Wet your foot, step on a piece of brown paper and trace your footprint. The shape and outline of your foot indicates your arch, whether your feet are flat and where you tend to pronate (meaning does your foot turn inside or outside).