272112 New York City is Our Playground

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 3:00 PM - 3:06 PM

Susana Leong, EdD , Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Columbia University, NY
The film New York City is Our Playground was created as a public service announcement to show individuals exercise can be fun. Exercise as a form of play in New York City can mean playing in Central Park, exploring a new exhibit at a museum, and simply walking around the city. Exercise does not have to mean going to the gym running on a treadmill if that sounds like a chore. Instead, running or walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is exercise that comes with a beautiful view of the city. There seems to a period of time in our lives where running around, scraping our knees, and eating healthy food for nourishment represent our way of live. As we grow older, things start to change. A large portion of our day may be spent sitting in front of a computer. Scraping our knees means that we were not careful because we did not look at where we were going. Eating healthy food for nourishment may represent a challenge when the cost is higher than a meal at a fast food restaurant. The goal of the public service announcement is to show individuals exercise and fun are not mutually exclusive. This video uses vivid images of New York City that are familiar to all New Yorkers. The idea is to show the viewers they can turn the everyday places that they are familiar with into their very own playgrounds. The text in the video allows the video to be silent. The film is silent in order to force the audience to listen with their ear and eyes.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss the value of silent film as a public service announcement 2) Identify non-traditional ways to move as a form of exercise in your hometown 3) Explain the importance of movement in everyday life as a form of health prevention

Keywords: Exercise, Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Certified Health Education Specialist with a doctorate in Health Education from Columbia University. My research interests include addressing nutritional behaviors in adolescents during the transitional period from high school to college; using media as a teaching tool; and reducing health disparities through education, research, and community partnerships.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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