Hardy Heart Outdoor FunWhile summer time is a great break from the school routine for a couple months, it can also create boredom for the kids! It is important to come up with fun and unique ideas to do during the summer to try and prevent the boredom from happening. One of the things that you can do is to create outdoor fun either in the morning or in the evening when the temperatures are cooler outside

Hardy Heart has a really fun idea that kids everywhere will be eager to try!

Download the activity sheet and coloring sheet for today to see what outdoor fun activity he is enjoying this summer!

 

 

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It’s that time of year again. Back to school is here. How can it possibly be true? Parents and teachers alike are wondering how the summer has come and nearly gone so quickly! Nonetheless, the inevitable start of the school year is around the corner and we want to help get kids back into a healthy mindset now with an exciting offer. So, do your kids a favor – put all of the summer technology aside and get a free back to school activity book featuring The OrganWise Guys! Your kiddos will enjoy tackling the fun coloring and activity pages. This is a great opportunity to ease the kids back into the habit of doing “work” (but fun work of course!) again, all while giving them a refresher on making healthy choices. While the kids are “working” put out a spread of healthy fruits and veggies for them to snack on!

Click below to download your free back to school activity book:

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Also check out our Kid’s Club for additional healthy and fun activities for kids. Be sure and share these free offerings with all of your friends, too! They will for sure be grateful!

 

 

 

 

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Watch out, Zumba – Piloxing is the hot new way to stay healthy while having fun!

Founded by a former dancer, Piloxing combines standing Pilates, boxing, and dance to tone the body and burn fat. To intensify the workout, weighted gloves are usually worn and exercises are done to 145 beat-per-minute music. Piloxing gained popularity quickly, and there are now more than ten thousand certified instructors in over fifty countries.

To test the trend, campers at the 2015 BOUNCE (Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition, Counseling, and Exercise) summer camp, in Houston, Texas, tried Piloxing for the first time.

“It was hard but cool,” said Kyla Carrier, 12. “You get to have fun while working out.”

The BOUNCE camp was founded in 2005 by Dr. Norma Olvera and her research team at the University of Houston and is held annually to empower Hispanic and African American girls, aged 9 to 14, to live healthy lifestyles. Campers and their parents are exposed to physical activities as well as nutrition and self-esteem counseling during the multi-week-long camp.

After exercising vigorously all week at BOUNCE camp, Melissa Chible, 11, especially appreciated how “Piloxing helped with soreness.”

“I do Zumba a lot,” said the volunteer Piloxing instructor Olga Hernandez, “but Piloxing is able to provide that extra challenge I need.”

To find out more about BOUNCE, visit http://bounce.uh.edu.

Today’s post was written by a new guest blogger, Joyce Chen, who is President of the Teen Board of The Oliver Foundation, a Houston-based 501(c)(3) non-profit operating foundation dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity.

learning is fun for kidsIt sure is hard to believe that we are even talking about going back to school yet, as the summer seems to have just started. That’s usually how it goes though! Sir Rebrum brings up a great point, that sometimes it’s good to be challenged with academics and to also ensure recess and time with friends that is available on a daily basis at school. So if the kids start whining about back to school, make sure and remind them that learning is fun for kids and they will get to see all of their friends again soon.

Until that first day of school actually is here though, and you need a little something to entertain the kids, make sure and download the coloring sheet below because remember, learning is fun for kids!

 

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In the summertime, we love to drink smoothies. Smoothies help us to stay hydrated and refreshed in the heat. They are also a great way to get our daily serving of fruits. Drink this mango berry smoothie for lots of disease-fighting vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and potassium. Mangos, a July Foods of the Month, are a delicious combination of sweet and healthy.

Mango Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

2 cups fresh or frozen mango, cubed

1 cup blueberries

1 cup skim milk

1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

5 ice cubes

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!

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UV Safety Month

We are in the dead heat of summer, in some places extremely sunny and hot outside. Whether the sun is beaming down strong or hidden behind a sheet of clouds, it is important to make sure and take the proper precautions to preserve your precious skin and avoid overexposure.

According to The American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but also one of the most treatable. Of course they recommend taking the right measures to prevent skin cancer from developing.

Here are some tips that can help keep your skin safe during UV Safety Month and throughout the year:

  1. Wear SPF30 or higher with broad spectrum protection on all uncovered parts of skin and make sure to reapply if out in the sun for long periods of time.
  2. Cover up with protective clothing such as long sleeves, swim shirts for the kids, big floppy hats and sunglasses.
  3. Avoid spending too much time in the direct sun, usually between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, when the sun’s rays are most intense.
  4. Even if it’s cloudy, make sure to follow the same rules, it doesn’t mean the sun’s rays aren’t getting through!
  5. Do your best to never let yourself get burned.
  6. Make sure and use a good moisturizer following a day in the sun to rehydrate your skin.

Take this sun safety IQ quiz from The American Cancer Society to make sure you are savvy when it comes to protecting yourself from those harmful rays!

Enjoy that time in the sun, but be careful!

Childhood Obesity Spike

Recently, articles have been circulating discussing the spike in childhood obesity during the summer months. Summertime doesn’t have to be an unhealthy time for kids. It’s important for parents and caregivers to be proactive and accountable for making sure kids are being offered healthy food options and providing times for exercise and physical activity fun.

Here are 6 ways to ensure healthier kids during the summer months:

  • Enroll kids in daily activities – If this is a realistic option financially, get kids signed up for summer day camps or sports teams to provide them with plenty of physical activity opportunities.
  • Engage in family exercise – To avoid the heat, schedule morning or evening physical activities together as a family – try a walk, a bike ride, or even enjoy the neighborhood swimming pool.
  • Monitor amount of snacking – During the school day, it’s difficult to snack out of boredom, so try and determine if kids are snacking just because, or if they are genuinely hungry.
  • Encourage healthy snacking – Eliminate or make junk food hard to find! Create a healthy snack drawer that is easily accessible to kids and cut up fresh fruits and veggies and store in the fridge in single serving containers. 
  • Limit screen time – This one is huge! Long summer days allow for more time spent on video games, watching television and of course using handheld devices. Set a daily time limit to make sure technology doesn’t take over your day (and your kids!).
  • Promote good sleep habits – Getting enough sleep is so important for good health. This can prevent sickness and when refreshed and rested, one is more likely to make healthier choices when it comes to food and exercise.

Let’s all commit to focusing on these healthy ideas for the rest of the summer to get the kids off on the right foot once school starts!

 

Calci M. Bone PerseveranceSports are good at teaching life lessons to kids. There are so many parallels to be used that will pay off later in life. In this case, sports is used to teach the lesson of perseverance and that hard work will eventually pay off. There will be struggles along the way and there may even be times where kids just want to give up. Teaching them perseverance at a young age will definitely benefit them in all of their future endeavors.

In this case, Calci M. Bone is struggling a bit. Let the kids get in some coloring and a little math on the coloring and activity sheets for today. The kiddos will want to see what happens when she puts her mind to something!

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Corn on the Cob

Corn is a July OrganWise Guys foods of the month and there’s no better time than the summer to enjoy the variety of ways that it can be eaten. In addition to some interesting facts and tips below, we are sharing some tasty recipes featuring this great summer food!

Interesting Facts

  • The traditional name is “maize.”
  • It is available in markets year-round, but the locally grown varieties purchased during the summer months taste the best and are usually the least expensive.
  • It grows in “ears,” each of which is covered in rows of kernels that are protected by silk-like threads called “corn silk” and encased in a husk.
  • It is a good source of many nutrients including thiamin (vitamin B1), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), folate, dietary fiber, vitamin C, phosphorus and manganese.

Our Favorite Healthy Recipes

  • Summer Appetizers – Try corn with quinoa, white beans and basil, in a creamy, crunchy veggie dip, or in a black bean southwest salad before your healthy summer meal.
  • Snack with Corn –  Hosting a lighter fare event this summer? You can’t go wrong including corn into these tasty recipes including roasted kernels, bruschetta, black bean salsa, and healthy quesadillas.
  • Sweet Corn Ideas – Here are some sweet ideas including a blueberry salad, a kale salad with peaches, and healthy homemade corn bread.

What are your favorite ways to eat corn this summer?

Family Breakfast

We always love sharing great resources from our partner, TogetherCounts!

After nine months working hard in school, children look forward to a more relaxed schedule over the summer. For parents, it can be one long period of negotiating. From bed time to keeping up with the summer reading schedule, kids find a way to wear you down!

As members of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), we encourage healthy summer activities like those you’ll find free as part of their free Together Counts™ program. The summertime months are typically an unhealthy time for kids as they are away from school and engage in more screen time and likely less healthy food options. The OrganWise Guys fully support getting healthy as family during the summer and year round!

At TogetherCounts.com you’ll find creative ways to get kids thinking about healthy habits over the summer months. Activities designed to continue the learning at home are developed by the experts at Discovery Education. This month there’s a fun one called “H is for Healthy Habits” and the entire family can get involved by doing an audit of their energy balance for a typical day. Kids especially like “playing teacher” over the summer months. This hands-on project helps them identify the entire family’s habits and complete a chart checking the energy balance and routines for each member in the morning, afternoon and evening. It provides opportunities for discussion about nutritious foods and the importance of being active each day. Thousands of children use the energy balance curriculum in schools, and the learning can continue at home.

But wait, there’s more! Once your family knows if they are in balance throughout the day, they can move on to part two of the activity and implement small changes where needed. The whole family can benefit by committing to one or two new “family” habits such as committing to eat a nutritious breakfast each morning or taking a walk after dinner. Finally, print and sign the “Proclamation of Energy Balance” included in the activity packet and post it on the fridge as a reminder throughout the summer.

Join the energy balance conversation by following the Together Counts program on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/togethercounts