May 9, 2013
May is THE month for Active Play! In honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, I challenge you to help kids get more active play by using at least one of the following options:
- Download the Active Play Challenge form and copy enough to give one to each kid.
- Explain to the kids that you are going to challenge them to feel good, look great and have fun with minutes in motion during the day!
- Hand out the Challenge forms and explain how to track points each day.
- Encourage kids to get an to join them in active play, and get extra points. Have the parent/guardian sign the log, and the kids can bring it back to school.
- At the end of 1 week, discuss with kids their results.
Family Fun Means Motion - Print this new sheet from our “Active Play, Balance My Day” Healthy6 tip series. It helps you make physical activity fun with tried and true family games! It’s a great way to get the whole family moving.
Partner Spotlight on SPARK
You may have seen this already, but I want to share that this month in our weekly WOWS newsletters, we are featuring some of our Partners In Health. Since I’m already sharing some of our active play ideas here, I thought I’d mention that our partner, SPARK, has free physical activity and P.E. lesson plans online. Check ‘em out!
February 16, 2011
Orange County Public Schools OCPS, Orlando, Florida, and Healthy Kids Challenge have been Partners In Health for several years now. From energizing school wellness teams to offering creative ways to get kids excited about school meals through the HKC Ready, Set, Cook and Eat™ event, to showcasing how to integrate nutrition education into science and math curriculum, many success stories exist.
The most recent and the most honoring for all involved is the Healthy Kids Challenge involvement with OCPS in their Chefs Move to Schools program.
The Orlando Sentinel has featured many fun pictures here: Pictures: OCPS Chefs’ new menu promotion at Edgewater High School
Hats off to Orange County Public Schools from Healthy Kids Challenge!
Just one example of how creative partnerships can mastermind simple solutions to health.
December 7, 2010
Too busy to keep up with a healthful routine this holiday season?
The hectic holiday season is here, which means little time will be left for keeping up with a healthy lifestyle. Healthy Kids Challenge Partner in Health Nestlé Pure Life has four easy tips to keep you on track all season long.
Traveling? Remember Active Play Every Day! Don’t forget to pack your sneakers or walking shoes! Check out your accommodations before you get there to see what they have to offer. Is there a gym, pool, or any walking activities you can take part in? Also, if you belong to a larger chain fitness club, oftentimes you’ll find other branches all over the country that you can use.
Shopping? Believe it or not, getting out to the local stores can be a great calorie-burner. While shopping this holiday season, you can find many opportunities to be active just by hustling from store to store and standing in line. Also, whenever possible, try parking farther from the store and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Add to your total steps for the day by walking each gift out to your vehicle between purchases.
Hydrated? Do a Drink Think! Remember to grab a bottled water for the road! As you get extra busy during the holiday season juggling work, home and errands you may not meet your fluid needs. And a lack of water can leave you dehydrated; even mild dehydration can drain your energy. That’s why keeping yourself hydrated during this time of year is just as important as any time of the year.
Skipping meals? Discover Smart Servings! Trying to save calories for a big party or get-together? Skipping breakfast and/or lunch to bank your calories isn’t a good idea. In fact, this tactic usually backfires—you wind up so hungry that you end up eating way more at the party (where there’s often high-calorie, high-fat, decadent food) than you would have if you’d eaten your regular meals during the day. A better bet: Eat breakfast and lunch as usual, but trim a few calories from each meal. That way you have a few extra calories to spend at the holiday get-together. Also, if you exercise earlier in the day you can try adding a few more minutes or increasing the intensity of your workouts to burn a few extra calories.
November 30, 2010
Healthy Kids Challenge and Field Trip Factory are partnering to share joint visions in guiding communities to make healthy living a habit for kids and their families. Field Trip Factory has been a leader in experience-based learning for over 15 years.
In many communities, Field Trip Factory is providing community-based field trips, which address a variety of social needs and also support children’s classroom curriculum. The Nutrition, Health & Wellness field trips transform local grocery aisles into learning centers as students sample their way to a healthier lifestyle. Eating healthy, making smart choices and learning how to integrate exercise into daily living are the primary messages of these hands-on field trips. The following field trips are hosted by local grocers:
- Healthy Eaters
- Well-balanced Kids
- Be A Smart Shopper!
- Guiding Stars
- A Healthy Me by the Numbers
- Be A Healthy Shopper
- Explore the Store!
- Kid Healthy Ideas
- Be a Healthy Buddy
- Challenge Your Health IQ
Use the ZIP Code Finder to see what’s available in your community!