Sports as Fitness


Episode Overview:

With the help of a sports star, physiologist, fitness expert, sports psychologist, and nutritionist Dr. Nandi gives viewers the tools they need to promote sports and fitness in their homes. The growing number of adolescents who are obese has stretched the waistline of America. One-third of US children are overweight or obese. On average, children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen. And only one in three children achieves the minimum amount of physical activity they need each day.  Children should be getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Sports play such a big role in our lives. Roughly 75% of American households have at least one child who plays a sport. Compared to non-athlete peers, female high school athletes are less likely to be sexually active, to use drugs, and to suffer from depression. Adolescents who play sports are eight times as likely to be active at age 24 compared with adolescents who do not play sports. Sports are a fantastic way to stay fit, learn teamwork, build character, develop work ethic and promote mental wellbeing.

Partha’s RX:

  1. Involvement in sports builds character, work ethic and promotes mental and physical wellbeing.

  2. Your children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

  3. Encourage your kids to explore various fitness options.  Early specialization in sports can lead to burnout.

  4. Fitness needs to be fueled – make sure you’re giving your body the nutrition it needs for optimal performance.

Guests Including:

Willie Burton, Former NBA Player

Rick Smith Jr., USA Sports Performance Coach

Dennis Kerrigan Ph.D., Senior Exercise Physiologist in Preventive Cardiology at Henry Ford Hospital

Jared Wood, Ph.D., Sport Psychology Coach

Mitali Kapila, Registered Dietitian and founder/owner of Vitality Nutrition

Mitali’s Recipes:

“Loaded Wraps

Whole grain Chia seed wrap (Available at Trader Joes)

Spread: Hummus or Guacamole

Oven Roasted nitrate-free Turkey slices

Low-fat cheddar cheese slice or Feta cheese

Sprouts/Spinach or Lettuce chopped tomato

Black pepper to taste

Chobani Greek Yogurt on the side

Personal Mini Pizzas

Organic pizza sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes, green peppers, broccoli, chicken, spinach, ground beef, or ham, cheese

Post-Workout Foods & Tips

When strenuous activity ends, the body needs the following combo:

  1. Carbohydrates to replenish energy stores
  2. Protein to help tired muscles recover. For best results, eat these foods within 30 to 60 minutes after activity.

Examples include:

Trail mix: Dark chocolate chips, cashews, dried fruit, yogurt covered raisins, almonds, Chex mix, granola



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