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11 Jan 2013

Tampa Fit Kids Food Revolution…Are you with us!?

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“Imagine a world where children were fed tasty and nutritious, real food at school from the age of 4 to 18. A world where every child was educated about how amazing food is, where it comes from, how it affects the body and how it can save their lives”. – Jamie Oliver

After watching his first show, Food Revolution, we were so inspired to REALLY GET INVOLVED with Jamie and his mission! We believed in everything he preached and felt we could help make a difference here in Tampa.

Fit Kids Playground is proud to represent with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution in Tampa, Florida. As a voluntary Ambassador in Tampa Bay, we work in our community to fight for real food every day. We are working hard to make change actually happen!

We love to talk about REAL FOOD (#realfood) and FIT KIDS (#fitkids) so please join in the conversations with us on our social networks @FitKidsTampa.

Each month, the Ambassadors are issued challenges to get our community thinking in a different way about real change! We plan to use these challenges to get more of Tampa involved with Fit Kids Playground and the projects we support in our community! We also want to be helpful to others and hope to help you work in your community, organization or school to get things off the ground! We have a network of people, organizations, and local businesses that are trying to do the same thing and we hope to be able to connect more of you with programs that you might not have known existed!

Truck Farm Tampa

This month we would like to highlight our partnership with Truck Farm Tampa! Truck Farm is associated with Food Revolution as a way to get more people thinking about where REAL FOOD comes from! The documentary is about where food comes from and how one can grow something in anything! (If you are interested in an educational screening at your school, please contact us via our contact page.) We can’t wait to bring the Food Revolution to your school through Truck Farm Tampa! There are only 25 fleet trucks and Tampa Bay is one of them! We are looking for schools to visit in 2013 thanks to a sponsorship from Chipotle Mexican Grill!

Truck Farm Tampa is currently looking for schools that would enjoy a visit from the Truck Farm! We bring a variety of activities and would love to opportunity to inspire kids and adults about real food and how easy it is to grow!

What are you doing?

This month we would like to hear more about what your school is doing to make a difference? Have you started a wellness committee? Is there someone spear heading a wellness program that is offered to parents? Have you started a garden?

Please write in to us, talk with us on Facebook or Twitter, so we can learn about what you are doing and how we might be able to help keep that momentum going. We want to support you with the Food Revolution community!

For more information or tool kits to help get you started, visit the official Food Revolution site!

01 Jan 2013

Run Away With The Circus!

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Our first PUSH AWAY THE SCREEN GIVEAWAY of 2013 will be a 4 pack of tickets to the BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, January 6 at 5pm. The circus here in Tampa during their 4 day of shows, January 3-6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster outlet, the Tampa Bay Times Forum Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000. Read Below about how to enter!

Special Offer For Fit Kids Readers!

Get a Family Value Pack for just $88.00. This includes 4 $15 tickets, 4 small lemonades, 4 small popcorns, and 4 lollipops. This offer is valid for any performance except those on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the Tampa Bay Times Forum ticket office or ticketmaster.com using code FAMDEAL.

I have always loved the circus. Everything about it was fun. My Dad always took us and we made the most of the day! Also, back in Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to visit Barnum, WI and actually be a part of the circus for a day! I told my Mom, I wanted to runaway with the circus…but I think she called my bluff as I had no clear talents to allow me to do that. But what if I did? Would she have let me?

At the BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Media Day event last week, I got a chance to see what behind the scenes circus people were really like. I think the public has a skewed perception of what “running away with the circus” is really like. Yes, first you must have a true talent to be a part of the show, but you also have to be a super dedicated, hard working individual who is passionate about performing and what your role is in the circus. I was so impressed with everyone whom I spoke with that it got me thinking about sometime else…

Let’s discuss the importance of parents fostering a love of an activity in our children that might one day allow them the opportunity to run away with the circus. I look at my daughter, Mia, who is 7 and is a member of the Tampa Gym and Dance Gymnastics team. She spends over 8 hours a week practicing. She is also beginning to learn the importance of healthy eating too. She is dedicated (yes, even at an early age) and she is willing to practice hard so that she can get better at what she does. I hope she will be inspired to always have a love for doing this fun activity and will also lead her to living ahealthy lifestyle too.

Above, I am pictured above with Elliana Grace, the 20 year old human cannonball…yes, that is what I said, THE HUMAN CANNONBALL. That was how she introduced her self. She was so impressive, that all I could think about when we were talking was that THIS could be Mia in 13 years!

I learned that she had grown up in the circus, literally. Her mother ran a circus in St. Louis and before she could remember, she was doing ariel gymnastics, horseback riding and lots of tumbling! Excited about having the opportunity to travel around the USA and Canada and Mexico by train, doing something she lows. That was the key. You could see it in her eyes. She enjoyed this whole experience- from living on a train to seeing the country to meeting new people! And, this was her first time ever being shot out of a cannon in front of an audience!

We talked for a while l offer about how important good physical health is to be a part of this team. She eats healthy and has a practice routine that is her full time job. It’s impressive that she, at 20, has found something she loves and is willing to peruse it as a career.

I hope that we all can foster a love of an activity in our children’s early years for them to be as passionate as Elliana is about what she is doing. It started when she was young. It always starts young. Good habits start young. Healthy habits start young. A little bit at a time.

Being that today is January 1st, and New Year’s resolutions are among us, I would like to hear what you all will be doing to foster healthy fit kids in your families this year! Will you try a new sport? Will you do an activity WITH your kids? Will you give them the opportunity to try something new that THEY want to try? Anything to get our kids off the couch and to push away the screen!! Once kids find something they enjoy doing, it’s hard to pry them away from doing it.

Our first PUSH AWAY THE SCREEN GIVEAWAY of 2013 will be a 4 pack of tickets to the BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, January 6 at 5pm. The circus here in Tampa during their 4 day of shows, January 3-6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster outlet, the Tampa Bay Times Forum Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.

As always, arrive one hour early to meet our performers, try on costumes and learn circus skills at the All Access Pre-show – FREE to all ticket holders!

To Enter the Push Away The Screen Giveaway:

1. Leave a comment on this post about how you will foster healthy fit kids in your family this year.
3. Based on you comment number, a random number will be chosen via Random.org to determine the winner.
4. Winner will be notified via e-mail and tickets will be left at the Tampa Bay Times Box Office under winners name. It will be the winners responsibility to pick up the tickets from the Tampa Bay Times Box office.
5. Contest ends at 5pm EST Saturday, January 5, 2013.

Tickets have been provided to me in compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

The Push Away the Screen Giveaway a part of the Fit Kids Playground commitment to healthy kids and active lifestyles. We are a part of the We Can! Program that promotes eating healthier, moving more and pushing away the screen.

A few cool things from BUILT TO AMAZE Ringling Brothers and Barum & Bailey Circus:

Baby’s First Circus

Get a Family Value Pack for just $88.00. This includes 4 $15 tickets, 4 small lemonades, 4 small popcorns, and 4 lollipops. This offer is valid for any performance except those on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the Tampa Bay Times Forum ticket office or ticketmaster.com using code FAMDEAL.

**UPDATE**January 10, 2013**


We wanted to announce that Marissa Stratton was our winner of the Ringling Circus tickets! We loved hearing all the ways your family is staying healthy! Keep it up and stay tuned for more PUSH AWAY THE SCREEN giveaways!