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Tips for Building Health and Recreation Systems

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Here are some ideas to help you learn more about your life-support system. Make sure you divide up the topics and share your findings on the Team Blog.

  • Discuss the needs people have for recreation and exercise.  How will this differ on Mars?
  • Examine and record the recreation facilities available in your community. What groups of people are most involved in the different types of programs and facilities?
  • Communicate with other Canadian sites and compare recreation facilities in each area. What are the local differences and similarities and why?
  • Determine what humans need to do to keep physically fit and healthy while living in space for long periods of time. What changes occur to the body?  How are they addressed?
  • Conduct experiments related to living in microgravity conditions and changes in equilibrium. Find out about the importance of keeping active in this type of environment.
  • Design a new experiment to examine bone mineral loss. Why is this a critical concern on long duration missions?
  • Examine games played on Earth. How will they be different if they are played on Mars?  Remember, the gravity on Mars is only 38% of Earth's gravity.
  • Develop new games and sports for the colony, considering gravity.
  • Invite a fitness instructor to the class to help create an exercise routine suitable for the Marsville site.
  • Survey members of your Habitat Crew, CNM participants, family members, and mentors to discover who takes part in daily fitness activities. What types of activities are done?  What are most common?  Note any differences for gender or age. Input the information into a database.
  • Design a playground for the future children of Marsville. Look at parks in the local area for ideas. Contact suppliers of playground equipment.
  • Contact the Canadian Space Agency to research the experiments done by Canadian astronauts on space physiology. Can you conduct these experiments for yourself?
  • Invite a family doctor or emergency room nurse to the class to discuss first aid and health requirements.
  • Examine medical treatment centers to find out what equipment is required.
  • Find out what programs are available in your community to learn first aid.
  • Work with the other teams to discover what additional needs they have related to your area.