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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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Heroes Come in All Shapes and Sizes

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, we thought it would be the opportune time to re-share this beautiful story from our friend, Austin, who is not only an inspiration to all of us, but encourages everyone to take adventures beyond the screen."I first "met" Austin in December 2013." says Adventure to Fitness CEO, Michael Rhattigan, when his mother, Robin, phoned Adventure to Fitness. "I just happened to be the one to answer the phone and barely got out a "hello" before Robin eagerly informed me that she wanted to buy Austin anything from Adventure to Fitness that we had for sale. I would later learn that Adventure to Fitness was #1 on Austin's Christmas list."Click HERE to read more.Do you know similar, unsung heroes from everyday life?  Share your thoughts here or tweet...
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Bloom to Boom - 5 Tips for Healthy Kids this Spring

Spring has finally arrived! It's time to open those windows and get the kids outside!  But you're not out of the woods just yet.  Below are 5 important tips to helping your kids stay healthy AND safe:1. Sun Safety - the warm sun feels great after being stuck inside all winter.  But it's important to keep that sensitive skin safe.  Always wear sunscreen or some other type of cover up, even on cloudy days.  Making a barrier between the skin and sun can help reduce the risk for skin cancer.2. Road Safety - with kids outside playing and running around, take extra precautions when driving through neighborhoods.  You can never know if a child can come running out into the road after a ball or chasing a friend.  And always talk to your kids about being extra cautious at home and at school, too!3. Allergies! Kids have allergies just as severe as adults.  Up to 40 percent of kids in the US suffer from season allergies and can be...
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How to use Adventure to Fitness at School

Follow my blog with Bloglovin From focus groups and surveys to everyday conversations with our Fit Nation Teachers, here's a quick list of the most common ways Teachers around the world use Adventure to Fitness: Do you use Adventure to Fitness in a way listed above? Or do you have an alternate way that keeps your students active and engaged?  We'd love to hear! Please share and help inspire others!Keep It...
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Where in the World are Our Adventurers?

Every year, we have more and more teachers and parents joining us on Adventure to Fitness. 2014 was no exception, as we have more Adventurers than ever joining Mr. Marc on his travels around the world!   This made us wonder:  Where in the world are our Adventurers? We did some digging, and here are some fun facts that we discovered: In the U.S.Did you know that we have Adventurers based in all 50 U.S. states + Washington D.C.? In fact, 2014 was the 4th year in a row that new Adventurers joined Adventure to Fitness from every state!"Adventurers in Action!"In 2014, the “Most Newly Adventurous States” (most new Teacher Adventurers joining Adventure to Fitness) were:Texas!Florida!California!The “Most Adventurous Teachers” (most minutes watched per Teacher) were in:Arkansas!Washington D.C.!Delaware! The “Most Adventurous States” (highest % of school districts with Teacher Adventurers) were in: Florida!West...
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Adventure to Fitness on your TV!

Want to use ATF on your TV screen? Here’s how!Last week, we shared some tips about how to access your Adventures using your mobile devices. This week, we’re highlighting some ways that you can experience www.adventuretofitness.com on your TV as well!Our videos and content are easily accessible using a Roku Box, Google Chromecast, AppleTV, and your own laptop.  We’re coming soon to FitnessOnDemand too, for those of you who have access to those platforms at gyms etc.!Here are some tips to help you maximize your experience on each platform:Source: roku.comRoku Box Once your Roku Box is connected to your TV, search for the “Adventure to Fitness” channelSelect “add channel” to subscribe.Roku will provide you with a code.Log-in to www.adventuretofitness.com/roku on your computer or mobile device, and enter the Roku code.Click on “Subscriber Content” to watch your Adventure to Fitness videos!  [Image Source: google.com]Google...
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Keep It Moving On-The-Go!

Want to use ATF on-the-go? You can!If you’re like most of our adventurers, you probably visit www.AdventuretoFitness.com on your desktop or laptop computer.  But did you know that you can access our site while on-the-go, too? Our videos and content are easily accessible on your iOS and Android tablets and other mobile devices. So now you can Keep It Moving anywhere!Here are some general tips for “going mobile” with www.AdventuretoFitness.com: Make sure your device is running on the most current operating system available.Set your device on a stable surface, and use a kickstand or prop it up with a book to hold your device upright while you’re moving along with Mr. Marc & friends!Remember to turn on WiFi if possible to save on data usage.Whether you’re using WiFi or data connection, make sure you have internet download speeds of at least 2-3 Mbps.Turning down the screen brightness will help you maximize your device’s battery life so you can...
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