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Childhood Obesity

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03 Nov 2014

Fit Kids Food Revolution- November Challenges

No Comments Childhood Obesity, Fit Kids Food Revolution, Healthy Eating, Partners, Push Away The Screen, Tampa Bay

JamieOliver
As the Food Revolution Ambassadors for Tampa Bay and for Fit Kids everywhere, we will be trying to engage more with you as a community to bring you more ways to get your fit kids involved in eating healthy. Again, remember the Fit Kids motto is “Real Kids. Real Change. Really Simple.” The official Food Revolution blog always has a monthly challenge that is issued to it’s ambassadors and in turn we would love you connect with us and help inspire others too! So join in! Play along! Trying something new is always fun!

As we head into November, they’ve got a new set of challenges for us! Bring on November!

November’s Monthly Challenges

1. Slow Cooking! We live in a fast food world, but this month we’re asking you to slow things down, try out and share your slow cooked food recipes with us. Challenge submitted by ambassador Christina Erickson

2. N is for November, and nectarines, and nutmeg… we want to see your recipes for dishes beginning with the letter N or using ingredients with the letter N. Challenge submitted by ambassador Jackie Rebideau

3. Share your holiday traditions. Holiday season is almost upon and we want to know what your holiday traditions are and what food makes it to the table for your family gatherings. Send us your photos of traditional recipes, foods and the table set for a holiday feast!

Be on the look out via our social channels for prizes to help share your challenges with our audience! We can’t wait to see what’s in store!

What are Monthly Challenges?

Every month, there will be different challenges that inspire Food Revolutionaries to engage with their communities. They are designed to make deeper connections with the thought leaders in the real food industry and connect with family and friends through fresh food.

This is how we work with Food Revolution and how we engage the Tampa Bay community: At the beginning of every month, the challenges will be announced on the official Food Revolution Blog. The idea is to complete as many challenges as you can. As you complete the challenges, let us know how they went. We want to hear your stories, see your pictures and be able to show your successes through our various social media platforms. So get out there, have fun and make sure you share your story with us here in Tampa too – we could be highlighting what you’ve been doing to the world!

Stay connected with us on Twitter at @FoodRevTampa on on Facebook too!

Find out more about our Fit Kids Food Revolution in Tampa Bay and how you can get involved with us! We are always looking for ways to reach new people in the community!

{First published on FoodRevolution.com}

07 Nov 2013

Marketing Healthy Foods to Children

No Comments #fitkids, Childhood Obesity, Fit Kids, Healthy Eating, Opinion, Tips

Marketing products to children using familiar characters is a way to get kids attracted to certain items. Banking on familiarity, kids are naturally drawn to items that their “heroes” are touting. “If it is good enough for Superman, it is good enough for me,” are what kids are thinking. Also, products know that the moment they begin to use licensed characters (which you must have rights to do) they know their product will see, what I refer to as the “Oprah Effect.” (I am sure there are sales reports to show a spike in sales once the product has been associated with a familiar children’s character-take your pick on which one.)

But now, it is time to use this marketing power for good. Hearing today that Sesame Workshop will allow the Produce Marketing Association to use their muppet characters to help market fruits and vegetables comes at no surprise. Although, I am thrilled to hear that they will be waiving licensing fees for PMA’s growers to use the familiar characters. This is great news. And with the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative behind this new partnership, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

I welcome the opportunity to teach my preschooler about healthy eating at every meal we have together. Each time I eat with my children, is another chance I get to talk about food: why we eat, why what we eat should be healthy, why we should eat healthy food, and so on. Fit Kids Playground is a supporter of Sesame Workshop and their Healthy Habits for Life initiative. Integrating messages through everyday life is how it’s done. I hope that my kids are soon begging me to buy fruits and vegetables, and if it because there is an Elmo sticker on the apple, then so be it. At least they are eating an apple. At least they are showing an interest. It’s a start to healthy habits.

At Fit Kids Playground, we fully believe that the younger generation holds the key through preschool education pertaining to healthy eating. The exposure alone at an early age will teach kids to learn about where their food comes from, that it is important to eat a rainbow and that they should be eating a fruit or vegetable with EVERY meal. There are simple ways to start to introduce these concepts early on, but “early on” are the key words.

So I will be on the look out in early 2014 for Big Bird Bananas or Red Delicious Elmo Apples…because that is what some of us already do, right? I’ve made my own Abby’s Amazing Apples with “magic sprinkles” on peanut butter on apples. (Try it for yourself! It worked! My daughter LOVED her apple snack!) You don’t need a license to get creative. You just need a little creative magic to get you thinking about a way to disguise asparagus. If you make it fun, 9 times out of 10, kids will respond. So it’s worth a try.

Do you have fun names for healthy food you cook that you market to your kids at your house? Tell us how you get them to eat healthy food! We are always looking for new ideas.

Insider Mom Tip: Eat a Rainbow of fruits and veggies everyday! We love the Today I Ate a Rainbow Chart that goes on your fridge and acts as a game! Hope on over and meet Kia, a Mom in action and on a mission to help kids eat healthier!

11 Oct 2013

Recess Is Much More Than Just Play

1 Comment #fitkids, Active Kids, Childhood Obesity, Free, Lessons, National, Play, Push Away The Screen, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tampa Bay

More Than Play—Why Recess Matters

The era when teachers gladly ushered children out the door for recess may not be entirely gone, but it is threatened by pressures related to school funding, curriculum priorities and lack of facilities available for play. People from earlier generations tend to remember with fondness when recess was a tradition so ingrained in schools that it was practically a component of education.

Benefits of recess

The key component of recess that is different than physical education classes is unstructured play. Children, unhindered by rules and given the right environment to interact, talk at will and exercise in playful ways, receiving all sorts of benefits that aren’t usually charted or documented by tests or other measurements.

Just as adults derive benefits such as stress release and increased strength and stamina from exercise, children need to move their bodies and raise their heart rates during a school day or other structured activity.

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As a mother of 3 elementary school-age children, I feel that recess is such an important part of the day for all of them. They learn so many valuable lessons during recess and I do not like to hear about schools cutting recess time or limiting the children’s unstructured playtime. I read an article 3 years ago in the Tampa Bay Times about why recess is to important to give up. Every parent should read it and begin to look at the school their children attend and analyze their schedule. I believe in the power of letting children play and the Fit Kids Playground program fully supports the unstructured play movement.

“Our children need some peace in their day, some free time, some time to just be kids. That is their right.”- Meg Rosker, Founder of Let Children Play

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Disclosure: This article was a sponsored post and was co-writter by David Reeves, Marketing Manager of Playland Inc. in Carrollton, GA. Playland Inc., is a total solutions manufacturer and supplier to many industries, with its roots deep in the park and playground markets including churches, schools, and day care centers. It has developed into the only company in its field to offer direct to all of its customers, the ability to purchase outdoor playgrounds, shelters, shade, indoor playgrounds, water slides and site amenities. Connect with SII on LinkedIn or Facebook.

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control

Mayo Clinic

American Heart Association

Livescience

11 Oct 2013

Elmo Can’t Stop Singing! Sesame Street Live hits Tampa Bay!

No Comments #fitkids, Back to School, Childhood Obesity, Deal, Fit Kids, Push Away The Screen, Race, Review, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Can't Stop Singing

Can’t Stop Singing


Sesame Street Live is the hottest ticket on the street in Tampa Bay! November 1-2, Sesame Street Live will take over USF and preform “Can’t Stop Singing” where all your favorite characters will become under a spell because Elmo got a hold of Abby’s Cadabby’s magic wand and now they all can’t stop singing!!!

We love Sesame Street and hope your kids will enjoy the fun loving and educational characters live in person!

Tickets are on sale today for more cities all over the US and Canada and will be going fast! Enjoy the show!!!

02 Sep 2013

What Does Childhood Obesity Month REALLY Mean?

No Comments #fitkids, Childhood Obesity, Fit Kids, National, Opinion, Play

September is Childhood Obesity month. So what big deal. Right? I don’t have a child who is obese. My kids are active. This is not a big deal. Wrong.

I launched the Fit Kids Playground project almost 5 years ago. I never realized that 5 years later I would be able to say that I really feel like I have made a difference in my community to help others, parents and children alike, to become more aware of what is going on around them in order to help them better the lives of their children or even themselves.

The Fit Kids Playground project is meant to help parents realize that they are not alone. We all have kids and we all want the best for them. We are all not registered dietitians, personal trainers or chefs creating meal plans and personal workout routines for our family. We are real. We have kids. And sometimes we need help. We want change. But how?

The mission of Fit Kids Playground is “Real Kids. Real Change. Really Simple.” Because that is what sums us up. It takes small changes to make a long term difference. Doing one thing a week. One thing a month. But make them realistic goals if you want change. It should not be stressful trying to get your kids to eat fruits and veggies. But some parents we converse with, just can’t figure out how to make this happen. But through conversations and tips of small things that have worked for other REAL PARENTS, we as parents DO learn and now are ready to tackle something bigger than ourselves.

We invite you to be a part of the movement. The “fit kids” movement. There is no pledge to sign. Nothing to sign up for. No monthly meetings to attend.

Just the idea that you get it.

You get that this is not a fad. That you will make an effort to drive BY the drive thru instead of stopping. You might get up a little earlier to make a lunch instead of buying it.

Yes, it is work, but won’t it be gratifying to see the change in your kids and know that YOU did that?

We hope that we can be part of your journey. Please sign up for our e-blasts, buy a shirt that will support our programs (for you or your child) and be proud that you will help your child live longer and healthier and happier. And you just might learn something too along the way.

And don’t forget to join the conversation with us on our social networks using the hashtag #fitkids.