Posted by Kate Strangfeld on November 20, 2012
In 2009, Apryl Krakovsky, a mom of two kids at Overland Elementary, thought of an idea to start off the school day with a bit of physical activity. Nothing too complicated—just a simple 15-minute start to the day where kids could move around and have fun. Through her passion and resourcefulness, Apryl was able to make the idea a reality. Three years later, Apryl still leads the program, now called Overland in Motion, before school every day. Students, along with teachers and staff, gather outside of the school and follow dance and movement routines led by Apryl and other students. The goal of the program is simple: to move more.
Posted by Kate Strangfeld on November 19, 2012
Sometimes a passionate community is all it takes to make change really happen. Just take a look at how far Fireside Elementary School in Louisville, Colorado has come since 2007. Like other schools around the country, Fireside Elementary School wanted to teach kids about healthy eating. Despite being under tight financial means, the school was able to improve school meals, thanks to the Boulder Valley’s School Food Project, which rallied members within the community around this important cause to raise money for all schools within the Boulder district, including Fireside Elementary. A group of parents also volunteered their time to help build a school garden.
Posted by Elizabeth Rhodes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 14, 2012
Editor’s Note: This post includes information from More People Walk to Better Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Posted by Colleen Curtis on November 7, 2012
The contestants on "Top Chef" are known for their quick thinking, creative use of ingredients and ability to solve even the most unexpected culinary puzzle, but earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama issued a challenge that called on all of their skills: Whip up a delicious AND nutritious lunch based on MyPlate guidelines for some of the pickiest eaters on the planet -- school kids!
Ed. note: Originally published in the USDA The School Day Just Got Healthier' Tooklkit for Parents.
Get the most for your food budget! There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat. The three main steps are planning before you shop, purchasing the items at the best price, and preparing meals that stretch your food dollars.
Posted by Elly Spinweber, Partnership for a Healthier America on November 2, 2012
On March 7, 2013, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)--a non-profit organization that works with the private sector and its honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the nation’s childhood obesity crisis--will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from public, private and non-profit organizations, all committed to solving the childhood obesity crisis in America.
This year's agenda will feature a new program called the End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge, and we need your ideas.
Posted by Kate Strangfeld on November 1, 2012
Posted by Kate Strangfeld on October 31, 2012
Halloween can be for the whole family, but most of the treats collected as kids trick or treat aren’t exactly the healthiest choices. Although a few pieces of candy are fine, one study by the University of Alabama-Birmingham estimates that the average kid may accumulate 3,500 to 7,000 calories worth of treats on Halloween night. Forget needing a scary costume -- those numbers are frightening in themselves!
Posted by Elizabeth Rhodes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on October 30, 2012
Giving young kids the best start to life is not just about teaching them the ABCs but helping them learn healthy habits, too. Check out how one teacher gets the young learners in her in-home preschool healthy at an early age:
Posted by Ken Meyer on October 26, 2012
Looking for fun and easy ways to get your kids moving outdoors this fall? All this week, our followers on Facebook and Twitter shared their favorite games and activities for the autumn season.
Parents all across the country are getting kids moving by hiking, visiting apple orchards and corn mazes, and jumping in leaf piles. We heard about fall sports like football and softball, and activities like hula hooping and hopscotch.