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Simple Summer Pleasures

Summer is here and many parents are working hard to try and keep their kids busy. Kids are so different in their need for entertainment and stimulation that finding the right activity for each kid is key to enjoying summer days and nights.  As parents, we all dread that painful “this is boring” or “I’m bored” comment that our kids often utter when they are not enjoying one of our “great” ideas! Photo credit: Eduplace.comI, myself, have two children that are so naturally different - I couldn’t have hand-picked them to be any more different even if I had tried!  My son was always easy to entertain: one quick trip to the bookstore and he would spend days and days buried in the books we bought.  My daughter, on the other hand, is the queen of the “I’m bored” statement!  So there is always a lot more effort required to keep her happy and busy during these loooong summer days!I thought it would be...
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What are Teachers saying about Adventure to Fitness?

"I know it was hard for you to decide to charge teachers and schools.  It was the right decision though.  The amount you are charging is fine.  In my case, I asked at a faculty meeting how many teachers use Adventure to Fitness.  About 15 hands went up, so I asked the principal if there was any possibility of having it funded. Once she saw the hands, funding the program became a priority and it was a done deal."  - Ms. Johnson, Kindergarten Teacher, San Jose, CA."My class and I have missed our Adventures!  We are currently investigating some options for purchasing either as an individual teacher or for our school.  We are hopeful that we can use some funds allocated for Wellness activities either at the school or district level.  If I am unsuccessful in securing funding, my plan is to purchase it myself for my class.  I really believe my students benefit tremendously from Adventure to Fitness!" - Ms. Harrison,...
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Expert Reviews

Below is a quick snapshot of some of the expert reviews we've received from professionals in the Healthcare industry.  We welcome you to share your insight with us as well! "This programme is an invaluable resource to any school. It is a fun and engaging programme that is inclusive to all abilities. The interactive game aspect to it attracts all children, even those who may try and 'opt out' of routine sports. Participation in regular activity has physical, psychological and social benefits. It helps keep children fitter and stronger, improves balance and co-ordination, encourages a healthy lifestyle and helps them to control their weight. Regular exercise has been shown to boost concentration levels in school children and is known to improve self- esteem, self- confidence, reduce stress levels and promote better sleep patterns. As a Paediatric physiotherapist we are seeing more and more children who are leading...
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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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