School provides about 30 minutes of free play time for children daily. I know that my 10 year old needs at least double that to be happy and to sleep well. If he is able to get more than that the benefits increase significantly. By being active and exercising daily, my son develops stronger muscles and bones and is less likely to become overweight.
When I was a kid, trick or treating was done on the one night only. I remember my brother and I fretting over the weather if it was cloudy. Would Halloween be cancelled of it rained? Nowadays, there are 101 events leading up to Halloween night, both outside of and in school. Each event brings with it a barrage of cavity and belly ache
We have been lucky in our lives not to encounter any serious food sensitivities in our children. I do know of many friends and family who deal with this- in some cases, it’s been very serious. Though my friends stories are all different, one thing always remains constant. They almost all say food sensitivities affect the mood and personality of their children. They only
In the summer months, it is easy for kids (and adults!) to get into a more relaxed state of mind. Catching up on extra sleep is one of the best parts of summer, but before you know it, it’s back to the routine! Since changes in sleeping and daily routines take a couple of weeks to get readjusted to, there are some things you
With obesity on the rise in many states, Roger Rodriguez, physical education and health coordinator for the San Antonio Independent School District, decided to do something about it. After viewing results of Fitnessgrams, yearly assessments of weight and fitness required by Texas students in grades 3 through 12 he knew something had to be done. Jen Ohlson, of Interactive asked Rodriguez if she could
Doughnuts, chocolate bars and potato chips. These indulgences should be just that, indulgences. Unfortunately, for the more than 30 million children who eat school lunches and breakfasts, these are the types of foods that our kids are eating. These are also the types of foods that on a daily basis are interfering with their performance. Research has shown that placing a ban on junk
Sometimes it takes a journey to reach a goal. In this case, it really does. Joel Kirsch is a former sports psychologist for the San Francisco Giants and president of the American Sports Institute, a nonprofit educational organization that applies the principles and practices of sport culture and wellness to other kinds of challenges. Together with the Institute, they are creating the Arete School
Sometimes after a long day at school, kids just need some time to let loose and have some fun. The Nintendo Wii system is a great gaming system that has many options that can keep kids active and having fun. Nintendo has recently partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) with a joined goal of helping Americans become more active. The Wii systems and
When kids get home from school, sometimes all they can think about is candy, cake and cookies. There are so many fun and healthier options for after school snacks. You can make cooking easy and fun! Here are some ideas that will be fun for children to make, and eat! Ants on a Log Ingredients: Peanut Butter (or light cream cheese if students have
When kids are home from school, sometimes all they want to do is eat junk food and lounge around in front of the television. The folks over at CANFIT who are firm believers in improving the health of today’s youth, have come up with a great resource for anyone in charge of children in afterschool programs. The 99 Ways Toolkit is free to download.