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We are so excited to be attending the 2015 Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure conference in Orlando, Florida. This is an amazing opportunity for us as we launch our Fit Kids Eat initative with Food Revolution Tampa. We will be partnering with healthy produce, brands and organizations that are passionate about feeding kids healthy food!
At Fit Kids Playground we talk about moving more, eating healthy and pushing away the screen. It has always been our mission to educate parents and empower them to make simple changes in their life to get healthy. We believe in the power of play as exercise and eating simple and healthy foods. Pushing awaaay the screen is a way of life that encourages families to get outside, go travel and get active in any way!
We are excited to form new partnershipsin this endevor as we embark on this new feature for our Fit Kids audience.
Please connect with us if you are interested in learning more!
Everyone asks us how we built Fit Kids Playground.
Well, we are excited to announce, that we want to help more parents, teachers and community leaders bring a Fit Kids Playground to your city!
We will be showing you how you can use our model to become a resource in your community and how you can bring together the influencers in your area together to help inspire others about how simple it really is to raise fit kids in YOUR city!
Please make sure to sign up for our e-mail news letter and watch for how to sign up for the first Fit Kids – Fit City call so you can learn more. It take a person with a passion for change and a connection to your community that will help inspire change. I am so excited to help and inspire others all over make their city a Fit Kids City too!
Each year, we go to see the Circus! I am always in awe of the performers and what they are able to do! This year, they come to America with a 90-city tour, that begins here in Tampa Bay with their new show: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Legends! This show is set to let you eyes feast on fanciful and mysterious acts that will have you in amazement! This is still “the greatest show on Earth!”
My kids have visited the circus each year and it is always a new show when it comes to town. Never the same. Yet the acts in each show are just amazing to watch! They are all so talented and so athletic that I often wonder if my 4 and 8 year old gymnast will one day run away with the circus because they have a talent that they have learned from a young age!
I recently learned of a program that is supported by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Fit! They have partnered with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to help children remember how FUN it is to be FIT! They have a curriculum that it is FREE and available for download so that teachers and community leaders can implement bringing fitness, nutrition and healthy living to classrooms and after-school programs anywhere!
At Fit Kids Playground, we fully believe that fitness should be made fun and coming from a clown, childhood obesity is no laughing matter! This is a wonderful way for kids to want to have fun, be silly and get fit all at the same time! I hope that more teachers, preschool coordinators or community leaders learn about this opportunity and curriculum that is available to everyone for free. It is a great way to head to the circus and talk about how all the acts use healthy habits to keep them doing the amazing things that they can do.
If you haven’t got your tickets yet, an insiders tip is that opening night is typically less in cost, but there is only one show. There is also an additional add on this year to get a VIP ticket to the Ringmaster Zone! This is a limited ticket and allows you access to a personal and once-in-a-lifetime experience that will have your family walking with clowns, petting elephants, shaking hands with the Ringmaster and standing in the infamous motorcycle Globe of Steel! How fun!
And of course, for any show, arrive an hour early for an all access Pre-Show pass to meet the clowns, watch jugglers and mingle with the shows stars! Take lots of pictures and be sure to show them off to your friends! It is really like you were a part of the circus!
We have been provided with a family-4-pack for tickets to the Tampa Bay show happening January 1-5 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. 8 shows in all. We are so excited to help kids push away the screen with “the greatest show on Earth!”*
Disclosure: I have been provided with tickets for my family as well as a family-four pack to a Tampa show.
*This giveaway has ended.
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!
We attend a super fun healthy “rainbow party” sponsored by Gerber Lil’ Beanies! Such a great snack to feed your lil’ ones (and big ones) with this super great snack made from beans! We loved being part of the fun! Pair healthy rainbow fruits and veggies with fun planting and coloring activities and healthy snacks […]
We are so excited to be attending the 2015 Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure conference in Orlando, Florida. This is an amazing opportunity for us as we launch our Fit Kids Eat initative with Food Revolution Tampa. We will be partnering with healthy produce, brands and organizations that are passionate about feeding kids healthy food! […]
Fit Kids Playground is proud to announce that we will be helping the NCAA, USF Athletics and Feeding America Tampa Bay to pack bags for our community! There will be an NCAA Community 101 event next Monday, March 2 at USF to feed local youths in the area with Feeding America Tampa Bay. Kids will […]
We wanted you to be the first to know that we have opened up registration for this year’s Kids Triathlon. This event will take place on March 21, 2015 at Busch Gardens’ Adventure Island! If you want a heads up on how awesome this youth sports event is, check out our recap of 2014 here. […]