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18 Jan 2015

Push Away The Screen: Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon 2015

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Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon

Fit Kids Playground Youth Triathlon Training Tips

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.

Be sure to register early as prices increase February 1st.

To register, or find out additional information, please visit: http://www.tampabaykidstriathlon.com/

*Tag your pictures on social media with #FitKidsTampa so we can share!!!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and more information with savings, tips for training and more!

Click here for tips on training for a youth triathlon.

09 May 2014

How To Create A Fit Kids Playground

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Everyone asks us how we built Fit Kids Playground.

How To Build 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!

Playfully Yours,

Marisa Langford
Founder

09 May 2014

#FitKidsPlayground on Instagram

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#FitKidsPlayground

Join us on Instagram #FitKidsPlayground

Are you a part of the ever growing #FitKidsPlayground movement?! We love seeing pictures of fit kids from all over and now we have a chance for our followers to win some cool prizes too!

How to play?

Follow us on our Instagram account: @FitKids

Tag your photos #FitKidsPlayground

We will repost and randomly give out prizes to those who participate! You never know what AWESOME prizes we will have from our sponsors! And you can live ANYWHERE to play! We LOVE seeing the Fit Kids Playground movement happen because a playground can be ANYWHERE! You can turn ANYTHING into a playground! So show us where your #FitKidsPlayground is today!

11 Oct 2013

Recess Is Much More Than Just Play

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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

The PlaySmart Challenge: Kids, Brain and Brawn in Tampa Bay

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Playsmart's Brains and Brawn Kids Adventure Challenge

Playsmart’s Brains and Brawn Kids Adventure Challenge

We are so excited to see a new kind of adventure race! One that takes kids to use their brains on a higher level. PlaySmart, a national non-profit organization that provides athletic and academic opportunities to America’s youth, will host the 1st Annual “Brains and Brawn” Kids Adventure Challenge in Tampa Bay on November 10th, 2013 at Al Lopez Park. How much fun does this sound: climbs/slides, mud runs, slime tunnels, tire rolls, low crawl spaces, sprint races and other elements throughout the park will be what kids are challenged to achieve.

Team are encouraged to participate together to “think” about how to compete in these adventures. Have a really cool team name and gear? Could win you a prize! Healthy snacks will be provided by GoGo squeeZ. And of course, everyone who competes (ages 5-14) will receive a medal.

There is an early bird discount and honestly, it sounds like so much fun! Hope your fit kids are ready to push away the screen for a day of a REAL adventure!

Sign up today!