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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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Does Your Child Really "Like" Sports?

What to do if your child doesn’t like team sports?Not every child enjoys playing team sports like football, basketball, baseball, soccer or hockey.  That can be a pretty big “disappointment” for many parents.  We can put our kids in every sport, but if your child simply isn’t interested, you’re wasting your time - and theirs.So what do you do?  You want your child to be active, learn new skills and experience the camaraderie that comes with working together on a team.  But he or she is just not interested or resents having to participate. The good news? Involement in organized team sports isn’t the only way to stay active and healthy.James Conkell, Owner and Instructor at Alpha Combatives explains:“When I was a kid, I did not want to participate in games or sports like basketball or football.  I didn’t want to come home from school and then have to go practice for something I didn’t have the heart or...
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Happy New Year, Adventurers!

Welcome back from break!  We hope everyone is feeling energized and ready to kickoff 2015 with more active fun and learning.  Mr. Marc & friends are looking forward to having you join their adventures! We have a lot of exciting developments we’re working on in 2015 to make our offering of adventure episodes, activities, and website even better.  We’re looking forward to sharing those improvements with you throughout the year!In the meantime, here’s a quick update to help you catch up:Healthy New Year Resolutions for 2015Has your classroom or family set New Year’s resolutions for 2015 yet?  If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at the following suggestions from our Chief Adventure Officer, Michael Rhattigan: Increase physical activity: Even just aiming for at least 60 minutes of "moderate to vigorous" physical activity during the day can help kids be more healthy and improve behavior and learning.Increase...
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Monthly Health Spotlight: Childhood Diabetes

Monthly Health Spotlight: Childhood DiabetesDiabetes affects the whole family.  We’ve asked Dr. Jenny Delfin, Cardiologist at NYU Trinity Medical Center, for an inside look into the disease and what can be done to recognize and help prevent this serious and potentially life-threatening condition especially for children.What is it?Diabetes is a disease where the level of sugar (also known as glucose) in the blood is above normal.  Glucose comes from the food that we eat and is also made in our liver and muscles.   Glucose is the major source of energy in order for the body to function.   In our bodies, the pancreas is responsible for making a hormone called insulin.  Insulin helps glucose from the food that we eat get inside the cells in our bodies.  Our bodies in turn use this glucose for energy.People with diabetes either do not make enough insulin or can’t use insulin effectively, allowing excess sugar to build up in the...
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Classroom Contest Winners!

Holiday Classroom Contest WinnersWe were overwhelmed with the level of participation this contest received!  If your name is listed below, you’ve won a 12-month Teacher Library subscription!  Congratulations! We will be activating your subscription upon your return to school after the Holidays.Winners:1.       Kim Gray – Maybury Elementary in Detroit, MI:“Our Physical Education program was closed for the past 4 years. Since this is our first year in operation again may of the supplies or equipment is dry rot or outdated. I would love to be able to teach our children how to play different wall net games, introduce them to various lifelong physical activities, which has become disheartening because we don’t have much to work with. I think my school should be chosen because our kids need to move to become productive in and outside of the classroom.”2.       Mary Ann Ceh – St Veronica...
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5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy During Winter Break

Boredom busters to help you keep your sanity.Having a winter break backup plan can definitely help keep kids happy, engaged and off the couch.  Here are 5 fun and affordable ideas:1.       Snow Painta.       Live in a snowy area? All you need is a spray bottle (or more); food coloring and water.  Fill the bottles up with water, add 1 color to each bottle and head outside to the snow. b.      Make a coloring game or inspire individual creativity!  Hours of creative play are waiting.2.       Indoor Obstacle Coursea.       Set up a string “laser” maze for your kids.b.      Ends up being a great workout mental and physical workout!3.       Kids Newspapera.       Have your kids interview their friends, neighbors they know or family...
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