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Be healthy & fit Friday: Dinner and TV?

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Nov 11, 2016 8:37:31 AM

What effect does leaving the television on during meals have on the health of your family? Researchers from the University of Minnesota recently found out. Families that eat with the TV on eat less healthy meals and enjoy their meals less than families who turn off the television off during meal times. 

From the Reuters article:

“Family meals are protective for many aspects of child health,” lead author Amanda Trofholz said by email, adding that parents can take this time to check in with children and teach them about setting limits on their diets.

“Having the TV on during the family meal may reduce the opportunity for this connection between family members and blunt the protective effects of the meal,” said Trofholz, a researcher at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Of the 120 families that took part in the study, 33% of families turned off the TV off during all meals, and 43% of families left the TV on during all meals. The bottom line: turning off the TV and focusing on your family will help everyone enjoy the food and each other more! 



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Walkabouts increase focus and decrease hyperactivity

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Nov 9, 2016 3:10:31 PM

Did you know that using Walkabouts has been proven to increase focus and decrease hyperactivity? While this is beneficial to all students, it especially important for students with ADHD. In fact, a recent study from Iowa State University and the University of California, Irvine showed that Walkabouts greatly impact student behavior. 

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Be healthy & fit Friday: Halloween candy

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Oct 28, 2016 8:44:00 AM

Halloween is almost here! Are you ready to handle the treats kids will collect from your neighbors? shared some interesting ideas on how to make sure that the candy stash is managed in a healthy way. 

1. Swap it. Have your child leave candy out for the "Great Pumpkin" or the "Switch Witch." In return, give them a (calorie free) gift!

2. Ration/Disappear it. Only let your child have a few pieces of candy a day. Then, slowly hide the candy. 

3. Sell it. Some dentist's offices will buy candy for cash. The Halloween Candy Buyback site can help you find a dentist who buys candy! 

4. Donate it. Look for a place in your community that welcomes treats. Consider nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or other groups. 

5. Save it. Use the candy for craft projects, science experiments, or to fill a piñata! 

6. Bake it. Look for recipes here

7. Stash it, and forget it. Out of site, out of mind!

8. Let it go. Sometimes we all need treats, but in moderation. 

Though didn't suggest it, we have another suggestion: work off the calories with your family! Maybe play a football game, take a hike to look at the fall colors, or play a fun game of tag to help get work off the Halloween treat calories.

Looking to make exercise educational? Walkabouts can help prekindergarten through second grade students get active! Want to find out how Walkabouts can help keep your students healthy? Learn more!

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What is a Walksheet?

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Oct 26, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Did you know your Walkabouts subscription includes worksheets that support each Walkabout? These worksheets, called Walksheets, include a movement component and can be used to reinforce the skills presented in the Walkabout. In Walkabouts, students hone gross motor skills while learning new content and reinforcing previously learned skills. With Walksheets, students employ fine motor skills through tasks including writing, drawing, cutting, and pasting!

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Be healthy & fit Friday: 5 ways to prevent childhood obesity

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Oct 21, 2016 9:56:00 AM

The obesity epidemic in the United States is a challenge. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 33% of students between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight. has some great suggestions for preventing childhood obesity. Their suggestions:

1. Lead by Example

Kids learn by seeing. When you model healthy choices, kids mimic them! Remember, little eyes are watching. Making the right choices can have a huge impact on the children in your life.

2. Strength Training and Cardiovascular Training

Strength training can decrease body fat and increase muscle mass, improving body composition. Help kids take part in physical activity that turns fat to muscle to fight obesity!

3. Proper Nutrition

Following theHealthy Food Plate and making sure kids are eating well balanced diets can make a huge impact on kids' weight!

4. Encourage Kids to Be Kids and Let Them Play

By putting down the electronics and instead riding bikes or playing sports, kids are physically active and can still hang out with their friends. Teaching games helps students gain both skills and a healthy weight.

5. Support P.E. and Organized Recreation

Research shows that organized physical activity both in and out of schools makes a huge difference in both a child's weight and his or her academic success. Active students perform better academically!

Walkabouts can help prekindergarten through second grade students get active! Want to find out how Walkabouts can help keep your students healthy? Learn more!

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