ROC UR Body Family Fun Fest 2012 at Howard Park

By DeDe Hausmann

Mark Friday evening, September 14th, on your calendars for the 2nd ROC UR BODY FAMILY FUN FEST.  It’s from 5:30-7:30pm at Howard Park in downtown South Bend and it’s FREE!!!

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Keeping Active in the Cold: Indoor Exercise Ideas For Kids

By Mary Nicholson

Well, the holidays are over and winter has set in – now what?  Thoughts of hibernation cross my mind as an ideal option, but not a very realistic one (I can dream, can’t I?).  However, because we live in the 21st century, staying active, even during the winter months, is more important than ever!  Now if you’re thinking about things you can do to keep your blood pumping, there are a lot of options that don’t require leaving your house/apartment/dorm/etc.  Here are some simple things I’ve done (feel free to borrow): stair climbing/running; jumping rope in the garage; jogging trail (start in living room – jog to dining room – twice around the table – thru the kitchen – thru laundry room and turn around – back thru kitchen to family room – around coffee table – up and down the stairs – back to living room; repeat many times); and exercise videos.

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

By DeDe Hausman

In 2010 the American College of Sports Medicine, along with other prominent health-organizations, including the NAACP, the American Society for Nutrition, the Cleveland Clinic, and HealthCorps, began waging a battle against childhood obesity by declaring September as NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH.  And to add more credence to that, on September 1, 2010, President Obama issued a PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION declaring SEPTEMBER as NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH.

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Fuel Up To Play 60!

Greg More, Fuel Up To Play 60 Student Ambassador and FUTP60 Program Advisor, Cassie Brooks, both from Brownsburg West Middle School

By Cassie Brooks, FUTP60 Program Advisor at Brownsburg West Middle School

On July 14, Greg More and I traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Leadership Training Summit.  We were both filled with excitement about growing our knowledge and skills for the program, and also to meet people from across the nation who share the same passion.

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Make Your Child Obesity-Proof!

Guest Post By Paula Gustafson, MD

We have all heard the alarming news about childhood obesity: almost one in five of our school-aged children and teens are obese.  Even more are overweight. But did you know that this obesity epidemic affects our infants and toddlers too!

I’m a board-certified pediatrician at Major Pediatrics in Shelbyville, Indiana and mother of 5 grown children. I have both a professional and a personal interest in this epidemic, especially in how to stop it and reverse it.

You don’t have to be a doctor to know that becoming overweight and obese doesn’t occur just as a child starts school.  It starts very early in life in the home.  That’s where you come in.  Together we can PREVENT this from happening by starting our children out on the right path to a healthy lifestyle.  It’s easy and can be done by anyone. Continue reading

Summer Time Boredom Busters

 Now that school is out it is important to keep kids moving, especially with increasing childhood obesity rates. The CDC reported 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese.  Physical Activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits. Inactive children are likely to become inactive adults and physical activity helps with controlling weight, reducing blood pressure, raising HDL (the good cholesterol), reducing the risk of diabetes and some kinds of cancer, and improved psychological well-being, including gaining more self-confidence and higher self-esteem. Here are some ways to get in the daily recommended 60 minutes of physical activity:

  • Gardening- Have kids plant their own garden and harvest their own fruit and vegetables to make a delicious summer meal.
  • Bike Riding
  • Fly a kite
  • Picnic- plan lunch at the park!
  • Jump rope
  • Sidewalk chalk-have kids play hop scotch or draw pictures
  • Goffle- (golf and wiffle ball) Take turns hitting a wiffle ball with a bat into a coffee can
  • Four square
  • Kick ball
  • Hula hoop
  • Corn hole
  • Dance
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Scavenger hunt

These are just a few fun ideas to start with. If you are a parent you can promote physical activity for your child by making activities fun. You should be a role model for an active lifestyle and provide your child with opportunities for increased physical activities. You as a parent can even use your own imagination to come up with your own games for your family! So get outside, have some fun, and start moving!

Fuel Up to Play 60

By Diane Ruyack

Nicholson Elementary School has been participating in NFL’s and National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) program all school year.  The students have had challenges built around the Colts’ football season and Indiana basketball’s “March Madness.”  The goal of the FUTP 60 partnership is to encourage children to be physically active and to eat nutritious food, such as dairy products, whole-grains, and fruits and vegetables.

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