Let's Move Instant Recess
“Instant Recess” (also called “Lift Off”) was developed by
Dr. Toni Yancey, professor of health services at the University of California
as a way of counteracting sedentary lifestyles.
The aim of “Instant Recess” is to change our national culture to make
exercise part of everyone’s lives. It has now become the calling card for the
new National Physical Activity Plan with First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative
to reduce childhood obesity.
|Mid-Missouri South Conference is Moving
this year’s annual meeting of the Mid-Missouri South Conference,
Conference Minister Jeff Whitman particpated in a workshop titled “The
Best Me is a Fit Me” led by Barbara Baylor which concluded with workshop
participants enjoying a familiar childhood game the Hokey Pokey.
Conference Minister Whitman knows the importance of being physically fit for
both clergy and lay persons.
“Instant Recess” is a 10-minute break, like a coffee break
but healthier. The session can be
instituted wherever people gather: day
care centers, schools, workplaces, conferences, places of worship, senior
Why the UCC is
participating in Instant Recess
The United Church of Christ has committed to partner with
First Lady Michele Obama to reduce and/or eliminate childhood obesity and to
call attention to the devastating affects of obesity in adults. Increasing Physical activity is one of the goals
of Mrs. Obama’s initiative. The United Church of Christ believes that good
health is a part of God’s intention for all people and we are pleased to focus
on the physical care of our bodies and being healthy and whole.
your Faith Community Nurse, Health Ministry Team, or Pastor to lead a
10-minute group exercise session during the 11:00 worship service. It can be scheduled during the greeting
of the visitors or after the church announcements or any time during the
service that works for your church.
An Instant Recess can also be held during Sunday school or Bible
the reason that UCC is involved with First Lady Michele Obama’s childhood
obesity initiative. (Read statement
copy and handout “Benefits of Physical Activity” published by the Centers for Disease Control. Read a few of the benefits:
* Controls Weight
* Reduces risk of cardiovascular
disease and Type 2 Diabetes
* improves mental health
*increases chances of living longer.
- Put on
a short gospel tape or have the musicians play some music that members can
move to for 10 minutes.
simple aerobic movement and dance steps to the music that includes
stretching, raising arms and bending.
variation could be African Dance moves, Hip Hop moves, liturgical dance
moves, Line Dance, etc.
out the “Instant Recess” session by asking members to pledge to
participate in the three million miles walking challenge by walking at
least 10 miles a week between January 30 and November 30, 2011. Collective miles of al UCC churches
nationwide will be delivered to First Lady Obama’s goal of three million
miles across the United
the electronic form to let us know how your “Instant Recess” session went.
Email pictures in JPG format and/or a DVD of the session to:
Barbara T. Baylor, MPH, Minister for Health Care Justice – email@example.com
View the” Instant Recess” Video on You Tube:
View an Instant Recess session at a congregation:
Ms. Barbara T. Baylor
Policy Advocate for Health and Wholeness Issues
100 Maryland Avenue, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002