When our boys were growing up, I asked them to help mix, peel, and chop. At first it was using a plastic knife to cut up soft foods but then progressed to sharper knives. They even helped plan menus. One boy chose the meat and the other chose the vegetable. We tried to eat dinner [...]
What’s the most important meal of the day? That’s a no-brainer. Why, it’s breakfast, of course! You’ve heard it before, but it’s really true. So what gives this lowly meal such high status? For one thing, it fuels your brain, and after a night of fasting, it could really use some! The brain just doesn’t [...]
By DeDe Hausmann Mark Friday evening, September 14th, on your calendars for the 2nd ROC UR BODY FAMILY FUN FEST. It’s from 5:30-7:30pm at Howard Park in downtown South Bend and it’s FREE!!!
By Mary Nicholson Well, the holidays are over and winter has set in – now what? Thoughts of hibernation cross my mind as an ideal option, but not a very realistic one (I can dream, can’t I?). However, because we live in the 21st century, staying active, even during the winter months, is more important [...]
By DeDe Hausman In 2010 the American College of Sports Medicine, along with other prominent health-organizations, including the NAACP, the American Society for Nutrition, the Cleveland Clinic, and HealthCorps, began waging a battle against childhood obesity by declaring September as NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH. And to add more credence to that, on September 1, [...]
By Cassie Brooks, FUTP60 Program Advisor at Brownsburg West Middle School On July 14, Greg More and I traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Leadership Training Summit. We were both filled with excitement about growing our knowledge and skills for the program, and also to meet people from [...]
Guest Post By Paula Gustafson, MD We have all heard the alarming news about childhood obesity: almost one in five of our school-aged children and teens are obese. Even more are overweight. But did you know that this obesity epidemic affects our infants and toddlers too! I’m a board-certified pediatrician at Major Pediatrics in Shelbyville, [...]
Now that school is out it is important to keep kids moving, especially with increasing childhood obesity rates. The CDC reported 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese. Physical Activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits. Inactive children are likely to become inactive adults and physical activity helps with controlling weight, reducing blood pressure, raising HDL (the good cholesterol), reducing the risk of diabetes and some kinds of cancer, and improved psychological well-being, including gaining more self-confidence and higher self-esteem.
By Diane Ruyack Nicholson Elementary School has been participating in NFL’s and National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) program all school year. The students have had challenges built around the Colts’ football season and Indiana basketball’s “March Madness.” The goal of the FUTP 60 partnership is to encourage children to be physically [...]
By Mary Nicholson Approximately seventy-five Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors and their guests braved the crazy Indiana spring storms to attend a training camp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Tuesday, April 19th. Despite the unpredictable weather outside, a calmer atmosphere (for the most part) awaited guests inside the Pavilion. While [...]