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Festive (and deliciously healthy) July 4th Recipes for Your Kids!

viewNode("08fd9d3ff5266", {"server_detection": true, "width": 655, "height": 368, "player_profile": "default-no-ad"});  Independence Day is right around the corner. That means you’re probably getting ready for a fun-filled long weekend with parades and fireworks, many hours spent outdoors with family and friends, and of course - many gatherings and parties to celebrate our wonderful country! To help you prepare for the holiday, Adventure to Fitness has partnered with the authors from The Calories In Calories Out Cookbook, Catherine Jones and Elaine Trujillo (MS, RDN), to create some tasty and healthy recipes - just for you, Fit Nation! We love these three recipes because:Each requires less than 10 minutes of prep timeThey are tastebud- & budget-friendlyThey include nutrition facts, and They’re easy and fuss-free, so your kids can help out (or get most of the work done themselves!)Since these recipes are for the 4th of July, we could not ignore our beautiful...
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Why we love Professional Development (and you should, too!)

Most can agree that professional development is important, but can be a hassle to put together.  Even though desire is there for meaningful professional learning experiences, often the reality doesn’t always match up to make it happen in a purposeful way for teachers.Here are some interesting facts about PD:1.       More than $18 billion is spent annually on PD for teachers2.       A typical teacher spends 68 hours a year on PD activities directed by districts.3.       Much of this investment is wasted on offerings that teachers say aren’t relevant to their core mission of helping kids learn.So the question is, what is relevant to teachers? What about a hands-on, interactive event to get teachers pumped about student health and wellness? Or a virtual adventure to the Serengeti or the Great Wall of China to show how a turn-key solution can help you implement more physical activity...
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How will you help your kids keep flourishing this summer?

By Colleen Rhattigan-Henckels, “Super Mom” & Adventure to Fitness advisor When I daydream about the ideal summer for my children, lots of things come to mind. I envision them spending endless hours outdoors, getting their hands dirty (digging for salamanders and catching toads), making new friends, playing games that I grew up playing (like sharks and minnows, red-rover, etc.), swimming, fishing, picking and eating blueberries until their tummies hurt, and having fun. Lots of fun! And learning a thing or two. Just as some background, I live in Brooklyn, New York and have two children under the age of 8. My husband and I both happen to be big believers in finding at least one or two things our children love and enabling them to pursue those passions. Yes, while they may not become the soccer star, prodigy pianist, or chess grandmaster that you we had envisioned, they will become confident and happy people pursuing their God-given gifts. Having said that, most...
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Get Moving During National Physical Education and Sport Month

Even though National Physical Education and Sport Week has passed, there's still time to join the fun throughout the rest of the month!This guest blog post was written by Brian Devore with SHAPE America.We know the benefits of giving children 60 minutes of activity throughout the day. Those students have more focus, perform better on tests, miss less school, and stay out of trouble. With National Physical Education and Sport Week coming up May 1-7, SHAPE America is helping schools across the country celebrate by providing ideas to #MoveInMay!Physical education teachers should be the champion in planning their school’s event. Get support from your administrators, staff members, PTA, and of course, your students to celebrate activity throughout the first week of May. Advocate for ANY extra activity that students can get during the school day. Find ways to spotlight staff members, parents and students who participate in sports and fitness activities after school...
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Play It Safe! 5 Storm Safety Tips for Kids

The U.S. has seen its fair share of severe weather this Spring, and it doesn’t look like it will be letting up anytime soon.  We wanted to pass along a few tips to help keep you and your family safe when the weather turns for the worst:1.       Disaster Supply Kit – Whether you purchase one or make your own, make sure your kit includes the following:a.       Flashlight(s)b.       Battery-operated Radioc.       Extra batteriesd.       First Aid supplies like bandagese.       Blanket(s)f.        Bottle(s) of waterg.       Snacksh.       Baby wipes – in case running water is lost and it becomes days since your last shower. 2.       If you can hear thunder, you’re in danger of...
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Encourage Kids To Be Active Outside This Spring

Do your kids have spring fever? With warmer weather, longer hours of sunlight and the fresh smells of nature, many kids are longing to be outdoors. Here are some practical tips you can use to encourage your children to release their energy this spring:  Go OutsideIf you want your kids to be more active, get them outside. From running across a field to pickup games of tag and soccer, kids who are outside are lively. Spring is an excellent time to go outdoors, as the mild weather makes it quite enjoyable. If you have been cooped up for most of winter, your kids will probably be all too eager to go outdoors now that better weather has come, so let them!Take a Walk TogetherKids aren't the only ones who need to be physical. Go on a walk together as a family, and everyone can get some exercise at the same time. According to Active.com, walking not only brings health benefits, but also psychological benefits. You get a mood boost from walking that you can't get sitting...
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Kids in The Game: Go! Grants

 The Sport and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) in partnership with PHIT America, is funding Kids in the Game  Go! Grants, offering schools serving students ages 5-12 grants to increase physical activity. The grants of  $1,000-$5,000 are designed to get kids moving before, after, and during school.The grants are targeted at public or charter schools with little or no organized physical activity. Schools must be enrolled or willing to enroll in Let’s Move! Active Schools. The proposed programs may target subgroups within the school, and schools may create their own innovative project or choose a program from the list of successful programs from their Resources page. The maximum allowable project cost is $40 per participating student.Applications are due on June 1, 2015.  Apply today!For more information, click...
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5 Testing Tid-Bits for Parents

 While combing through emails this morning, I came across one that I had been copied on from one of our Fit Nation Teachers.  This teachers was seinding a quick note about the upcoming class testing schedule and had a couple of reminders listed to help parents prep their kids for the long days ahead. I thought I’d do a little more research and compile a quick list to help your kids test at their best:1.       Dress for the occasion: Send your child to school in an extra layer or two just in case the testing room is extra chilly or hot.2.       Send an extra bottle of water: Students show improvement when they can stay hydrated throughout the testing period.3.       Practice deep breathing: Practicing this with your kids the night before and reminding them to breathe deeply before the test or during more difficult sections of the test can help your child feel less anxious and clear...
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Rainy Day Activities

 Adventure to Fitness CEO, Michael Rhattigan, shares with us 7 ideas to help keep kids entertained  indoors on rainy days: "April showers bring May flowers," but these showers can also increase the need for indoor activities. Here are some ideas to keep the kids entertained inside while it's raining outside: 1.    Indoor obstacle course -- build a "laser" maze with string or yarn to foster creativity and movement. 2.    Play store -- a classic game that helps with math, imagination, interpersonal skills, and even negotiating skills  (which you may later regret!) 3.    Dance parties -- fun ways to get the kids moving, perhaps even performing later for the whole family.4.    Hide-and-seek -- another classic game to keep the kids occupied, assuming you have the space and a safe environment (make sure you avoid the kitchen and any cleaning...
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Think Outside the Basket - 5 Healthy Easter Gifts

Happy Spring!  Easter is just a few days away and where has the time gone?  Don't run to the store and load up on sweet treats. Think outside the "basket" and do something a little more creative and healthy this year.  Leonardo, the newest addition to the Adventure to Fitness team (pictured above) has 5 easy ideas to help you out:1. Healthy Scavenger hunt - fill plastic Easter eggs with clues like: "Hey busy bee, sit down and stretch, then run to the nearest tree!" or "Do 10 pushups, or can you do more? When you're done check the back door!".2. Planned your summer vacation yet? Fill the Easter basket with clues and/or items that will be needed for the trip like: sunglasses, a hat, swim goggles, or a new pair of sandals, sunscreen or bugspray.3. Outdoor Fun - A basket filled with items to help encourage outdoor play: bubbles, sidewalk chalk, kids gardening kit, jump rope, athletic headbands/sweatbands and lip balm.4. Healthy Snack...
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