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The Importance of Positive Role Models in our Children's Lives

Late last week, we received a fantastic email from one of our Adventure to Fitness parents. As I was reading the email, it got me thinking about the importance of role models in our children’s lives.As parents or caregivers, we all want our children to look up to appropriate and positive role models.  This can prove to be a difficult task with today’s glorification of certain negative public figures (that shall remain nameless) in the media.  It is impossible to shield our children from the multitude of media outlets that exist that may or may not reward questionable behavior of celebrities with constant attention and coverage and still live regular lives. Just try listening to the radio, watching evening TV, or surfing the internet with your kids without cringing on occasion over the content.We know that children often emulate the behavior they see and admire.  We remember from our own childhood looking up to certain people:  teachers, TV characters,...
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Keeping Active While Weathering the Weather

Weather, weather, and more weather!  “Whether” it is extreme cold, snow, sleet, ice, wind, or rain (or some combination of it all) lately most of the country is living with the inconvenience of long-term extreme weather.As parents, we take extra precautions to bundle up our little ones to keep them safe from the weather to and from school.  I live in central Texas, which means I am lucky enough not to deal with too much snow or subzero temperatures.  However, these past few months have been a shock to our systems.  We have experienced several days of icy roads with 20-degree lows and 30-degree highs - which are a rarity of us.  These unusually cold days have been followed with days of 40-degree lows and 85-degree highs – that is a 45-degree swing in the same day! Needless to say, many mornings I have found myself struggling to ensure that my kids have grabbed the correct jacket and are prepared for the day’s weather.Photo credit:...
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Midday slump? Here are five ways to beat it (as told by cute animals).

Photo Credit: Jason A. Samfield via Compfight ccDid you think that only adults with busy jobs and lives to attend to feel the slow creep of exhaustion between noon and 2pm? Think again.Kids experience that oh-so-desirable phenomenon known as the “midday slump” too. It’s pretty much the driving force behind every energy drink out there.Well, energy drinks are full of sugar, caffeine, and chemicals that have not been studied thoroughly enough to know whether they’re safe for children, or anyone for that matter. They aren’t acceptable substitutes for real energy. Plus, if you help kids follow these five tips, they’ll not only feel more energized, they’ll also be healthier and happier overall.1. Stretch It OutPhoto Credit: -Porsupah- via Compfight ccKids spend upwards of seven to eight hours per day sitting at desks. Next time you have a back-to-school night, try to actually sit at one of those desks. Yes, with your legs under it, all cramped in...
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5 Winter Comfort Food Recipes Made Healthy

When winter weather drops the icy curtain on us, comfort food is like a bright star in the darkness. Snuggling up with our favorite stack of movies and some hearty, saucy, doughy, or zesty meals is as American as apple pie. Come to think of it, maybe our love of comfort food is where that saying comes from in the first place!But not all comfort foods are created equal, and many are loaded with cholesterol, saturated fat, sugar, and salt - not exactly the perfect fuel for a long, harsh winter. If you’re not paying attention to recipes it’s easy to end up serving food you never realized was so bad for you.But that doesn’t mean you have to leave your family suffering through bland meals all winter! With some simple changes, your family’s favorite comfort food recipes can be made healthy, or at least acceptable. To help out, we’ve picked some of our favorites and put a healthy spin on them.1. Macaroni and CheeseIt’s loved by children and adults...
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5 More Healthy Resolutions That You'll Actually Keep

In our last post we talked about the importance of setting realistic goals, particularly as you think about your New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. To summarize briefly, it’s important to strive for improvements without setting the bar too high. When we set unrealistic goals, we’re less likely to achieve them, and more likely to end up with a big bag of disappointment, and sapped motivation. Moreover, the research shows that minor changes in our day-to-day lives are the most effective weapon for reaping big benefits in the long term. We had such a great response to our ideas for healthy, yet practical, New Year’s Resolutions that we thought we would share five more with you now! Happy New Year! 1. Take The Stairs For those who live in the suburbs, this resolution might not be especially applicable for you - but read on to number two below. For our city-dwelling adventurers out there, this simple change can make a big difference in your overall...
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5 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions Your Family Can Actually Achieve

Photo Credit: SpreadTheMagic via Compfight cc Every year, around this time, something happens to your friends. Suddenly they become motivated to make big sweeping changes in their lives. And then, inevitably, the last week of January rolls around - infamously (though falsely) known as the most depressing week of the year - and now all of your friends are a mess. They’ve forgotten half of their resolutions, and abandoned the rest, because they were too grandiose in scope, or were simply unachievable from the get-go. The symbolism of a “fresh start” gets in our way. Most people set the bar way too high for their New Year’s resolutions, aiming to change deeply ingrained habits and implement new ones practically overnight. Thus, we fail to keep our New Year’s resolutions for more than a week or two. Once we fail, we’re more likely to continue failing, frustrated by one disappointment after the next. If setting the bar really high makes...
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10 Quick Tips for a Healthy Winter Break

We know that as you read this you’re probably getting ready to head out of work or school for winter break, so we’ll keep it short. Last week we highlighted some of the concepts you want to keep in mind to prevent the winter break slump. Kids will have lots of free time on their vacations, so it’s important to pay attention to heath. We’d never say not to indulge in a little rest, relaxation, and good food. But when a little indulgence becomes 24/7, kids return to school out of focus and unprepared to learn. Here are ten quick tips to keep in mind every day for a healthy, relaxing break. 1. Kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Make sure they get it. If you’re concerned about the cold weather, check out our favorite winter activities for kids. Our holiday free trial is a great option too - it includes a full-length episode and extra activities. 2. Healthy gifts on Christmas morning as wellness reminders. A healthy...
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Preventing The Holiday Slump, By The Numbers

Winter break is almost here. For some of us, it has already arrived. But while kids are home with not much to do, parents are busy preparing for the holidays. There’s a lot of opportunity for physical activity and intellectual stimulation to suffer. When that happens, your kids return to school a sleepy puddle of poor focus. And it doesn’t make their teachers very happy. The good news is that using simple, daily techniques can help you make sure it doesn’t happen to your child. Just keep the following numbers in mind. The number of colors your child should eat each day. Every parent has struggled trying to get their kids to eat a particular fruit or vegetable. Setting a looser guideline can be more effective. The trick is to keep your fridge filled with lots of options: pre-washed, peeled, and sliced where necessary. Make it easy for them. Try to stock up with at least five fruits and five vegetables before your child will be home for break. Tell her...
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Make Fitness Fun for Your Child with These 4 Tips

by Presidio of Monterey: DLIFLC & USAG, on Flickr Let’s be honest: exercise can be a bit of a chore. You know those days where you know you should be going to the gym, but it’s just so much more attractive to sit on the couch with a tub of Haagen-Dazs? Well, that’s pretty much how your kids feel about exercise all the time. But kids love to run around and generally expel energy. So where does the disconnect occur? How do we have a population of kids inclined towards being active - indeed, down to their very nature - and yet they’re more sedentary than ever? Nothing has changed about kids. Kids will always be kids. What has changed are their options. With so much digital technology and entertainment bombarding kids, it’s pretty easy to figure out which choices they will make to fill their free time. When we were children, there weren’t as many options. Jumping rope, skateboarding, playgrounds, and neighborhood pick-up games were basically...
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I'd Like to Say "Thanks" to You.

by Michael RhattiganThis year, more than any other, I feel like I and the team here at Adventure to Fitness have many reasons to be thankful.We’re thankful for all of our teachers. All 100,000 of you.Teachers, we can’t thank you enough for your amazing support, which has continued from our initial start 3 years ago until today.  You constantly encourage and motivate us with ideas, requests, and suggestions.  You have largely been the ones to help drive and grow Adventure to Fitness; what began as a handful of teachers in central Florida is now over 100,000 in all 50 states (and growing!).  We appreciate all of your ideas.  Please keep them coming!We’re thankful for the advisors that continue to help craft our resource.Our advisors are indispensible, contributing expert tips and content on education, health, nutrition and fitness. You ensure that we have the most current, proven recommendations in all of our resources, and you’ve helped us...
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