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May is National Bike Month

The month of May is National Bike Month! National Bike Month is an opportunity for enthusiasts to share their love for biking and help us celebrate the exceptional power of the bicycle and the various benefits to riding – for all ages!During the week of May 15-19 is Bike to Work Week! Now that the weather is getting better, get out and ride with family and friends! Whether you bike for recreation, to work or school; ride to save time or money; get those pedals pumping and in turn increase your health and help the environment.Many health benefits come from cycling and can help to protect you from serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. Here’s now cycling can help: 1.      Increased cardiovascular fitness2.      Increased muscle strength and flexibility3.      Improved joint mobility4.      Decreased stress...
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New Partnership Announcement: Active Schools Fundraising

        Help Active Kids Do Better.Adventure to Fitness is now an official partner of Active Schools Fundraising - a healthier, more active way to fundraise for your school, club, or after-school program through walks, runs, and other fun physical activity challenges.You keep 100% of any money you raise onsite, such as through registration fees, drawings, or other activities. Your Active Schools Fundraising team keeps 75% of funds raised online, with the remaining 25% benefiting national initiatives that work to increase physical activity opportunities for students. A win-win!There are no additional charges. Plus, they provide special discounts with equipment, sports, and curriculum vendors to help your fundraising dollars go even farther! Any group with a tax ID number can raise funds using their online program. Sign up now!Using Adventure to Fitness as your fundraising tool: Any teacher or...
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Local Dance Studio Sponsors A2F for Harlandale ISD

Adventure to Fitness is proud to announce Sarita’s Dance Studio, Inc. as a sponsor for Harlandale ISD elementary schools in Texas. Their sponsorship will allow all elementary teachers in HISD to receive free full access through the end of the school year through the start of the 2017-2018 school year to the Adventure to Fitness program – an interactive online physical activity and learning program teachers use in their classroom for indoor recess, brain breaks, energizers, to combat childhood obesity, and also to aid teachers with their daily curriculum requirements and support academic achievement. Owner/Director of Sarita’s Dance Studio, Inc., Sarita Zúñiga has been in the dance and fitness field for over 50 years having taught aerobics, dance, and wellness classes throughout San Antonio at places such as Brook AFB, Kelly AFB, Lackland AFB, University of Incarnate Word and more. At Sarita’s Dance Studio, they believe that their success comes as a...
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Where is Mr. Lazy? Contest

 ATTENTION TEACHERS!Have you heard? Mr. Lazy has gone MISSING! HQ has launched a global search, but we still haven’t found him!We need YOUR HELP! Put your class' investigative reporting skills to work! Submit a picture (or video) with your class' best creative guess as to where Mr. Lazy could be! Your participation enters your ENTIRE SCHOOL to win a Year Subscription AND Virtual Visit from Mr. Marc!Here's How to Enter:Submit a photo/video with best #WhereIsLazy guess integrating Mr. Lazy cut-out via link belowBe creative! Think outside the box! Get other classrooms involved!Photo can incorporate students, objects or locations throughout your campusBe sure to print out attached "#Where is Lazy" cutout Amplify entry by also posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #WhereIsLazy5 Grand Prize winners will be selected to receive a Virtual Visit with Mr. Marc & a 12-month SCHOOL...
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Jump into the New Year Healthy & Happy with These 5 Resolutions!

by Patricia Neely - Mother of 3 and Customer Support Manager for Adventure to Fitness While adults are looking to the New Year to begin new habits that most often include losing weight and/or eating healthier, it’s also a good time to start your kids off with healthier habits, too! Here are 5 resolutions to help jump into the New Year healthy and happy: 1.      Enjoy family dinnertime meals at home.  Eating together as a family is more important than ever. With competing distractions and activities outside of the home, it’s been said that sitting down and eating a family meal together helps kids perform better at school, reduces stress, and improves your family relationship. Extend family time further by having the kids get involved by helping you plan and prepare at least one meal a week.2.      Eating healthier. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine eating the same foods every week. But this month, try...
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Conquer Healthy Hydration Resolutions

The new year often brings many goals and resolutions. Goals to get fit, eat healthier foods, avoid sugary drinks, drink more water, etc... Probably one of the simplest resolutions to keep is the latter: Drink more water. As easy as it sounds, it’s very difficult for most of us.Did you know that water is the 2nd most popular beverage in the US after soft drinks? (That’s a scary fact considering soda is a leading health hazard). Here are some other H2O facts that you should know:1.       Roughly 60% of the body is made of water2.       Drinking water helps with weight loss3.       Kidneys need water to clear away waste from the body4.       Water helps with concentration and alertness5.       Sluggish? You’re probably dehydrated and don’t know it. Drink up!So, we know we need to drink more water, but how? My...
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Increasing Classroom Productivity (with Less Effort) in 2017

 On any regular day at school, there are numerous tasks that consume every teacher’s time: Preparing lessons, grading papers, prepping other supplemental instructional materials, posting grades and new assignments, and the list goes on and on. And let’s not forget – students are busy too! Taking notes, studying, practicing assignments, recovering from absent days, and of course absorbing all the content being taught daily (we hope!).There’s no question that over the last several years there has been a paradigm shift towards the inclusion of increased technology in the classroom. Teachers aren’t just wheeling in the old AV cart and playing movies for fun days anymore. Most elementary students won't even know what an AV cart is. Instead, classrooms are becoming more and more connected – equipped with smartboards, projectors, forums, apps, software, and everything else in-between that brings the digital age into the classroom whether we...
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5 Things You Didn't Know About Adventure to Fitness

Through various surveys, social media and user feedback, we’ve found that many of our users request the addition of features that actually already exist in our program. That said, we’ve compiled a list of 5 things you may not have known about the Adventure to Fitness resource: 1. FREE ACCESS: We still provide free access to all of our teachers! Although we introduced a paid program back in 2014, we still maintained a portion of our website for free for all of our teachers – both old and new.  All you have to do to get FREE access is to create an account using your school-issued email address and then log in.  Free access is automatically granted at sign in.  And if you created your account on our website several years ago, it’s still valid! If your account was created before 2014, you were automatically granted “grandfathered” FREE access, which means you have access to even more free content to take advantage of than our...
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Mr. Marc Helps End the School Year in Mega Mode!

Now through the month of June, Mr. Marc is awarding classrooms around the nation with Virtual Visits!  Visits kicked off this week, starting with Mr. Burke's class at CB Watson Primary school in Georgia.  They were able to film the live visit with Mr. Marc and her students and stream it through their whole school via their morning announcement system! This allowed a total of 224 students to be able to participate and join in on the fun, making this an Adventure to Fitness Virtual Visit World Record! Check out some snapshots below:Ms. Burke is a long-time user of Adventure to Fitness and loves that our program simply, "Gets kids moving!"  Mr. Marc will be continuing Virtual Visits with classrooms around the nation through the end of June, congratulating kids and teachers for staying active and healthy all year long with him on Adventures and encouraging them to continue an active lifestyle throughout the summer to help prevent the "Summer...
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USDA Summer Nutrition Programs Help Prevent the Summer Slide

  Organizations such as the USDA partners with schools, community groups and local governments across the country to help provide free meals to children when kids are on summer break.The USDA has a Summer Food Site finder to help children and teens 18 and younger find summer meals in their community. http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocksTeam Nutrition is introducing its first materials for summer meal sites!  These new materials are designed to help families learn more about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity over the summer months, to raise awareness of the summer meal programs, and to make it easier for summer meal sites to offer enrichment activities. ·        The Take a Healthy Summer Break infographic and the This Summer, Eat Smart to Play Hard parent handout are colorful, parent-tested materials featuring practical tips to help families make small shifts that can lead to a...
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