July Behavior Hand washing

We continue our series promoting healthy behaviors to be implemented and tracked for an entire month (and hopefully beyond). The behavior to implement in July is the importance of hand washing regularly to prevent germs from spreading. While summertime typically seems to offer a little break from the common illnesses, it’s still super important to remind your kids to wash their hands after using the bathroom and before they eat. We know that kids can get excited about playing and oftentimes do not want to slow down to consider hand washing, to assist with this reminder, you can download and print your July Behavior Tracking Sheet and use in your home, summer camp setting, or childcare center to encourage and track behavior change.

Watch as The Kidney Brothers sing about the importance of hand washing for good health:

We hope this month offers you many fun-filled memories with friends and family, without having to waste any time on sickness! Happy Hand Washing!

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July 1st marks the start of Park and Recreation Month. The annual monthly celebration encourages people to get out and experience the benefits of parks and recreation – from health and wellness to nature and everything in between. This year is the 30th anniversary celebration of July as Park and Recreation Month. To celebrate, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is encouraging retro, 1980s-type activities at local parks and recreation facilities, while also promoting the enduring benefits of parks and recreation. We’ve been fortunate to work with the NRPA and a number of parks and recreation sites around the country for the last few years and we love that they are focusing on creating healthier children!

Here’s how you can join in the celebration and celebrate Park and Recreation Month:

  • Include mention of Park and Recreation Month in newsletters and other communications (blog, social media, emails) throughout the month. 
  • Spread the word through social media using: #JULYPRM30
  • Download and post the web graphics and/or logo to your websites, social media platforms or include in your communications to show your support.
  • Grab your eighties gear and slang and participate in the Throwback Thursday Instagram Video Challenge. This sounds like tons of fun … we can’t wait to see these!

You can find all of the information at www.nrpa.org/july

Make sure and download your OrganWise Guys retro-inspired coloring sheet to celebrate parks and recreation this month!

 

WKKF TC2 Project Early Intervention

Despite rates of obesity continuing to increase among some low-income children ages 2-5, new results from the first of its kind study who that obesity measures significantly improved among children ages 2-5 who participate in Head Start Center-based nutrition and healthy living programming, as compared to children not in the program. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this program “shows much promise to reduce obesity rates of young children throughout our nation, using Head Start Centers as primary settings for this type of intervention.” says Dr. Danielle Hollar the study lead investigator. For more information, read the press release.

Thanks to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for making this project possible and for their ongoing support to help fight childhood obesity! Early intervention is definitely key!

Luigi Liver teaching kids to follow throughThere are a number of life lessons that kids need to learn as they grow up. One very important lesson is to teach kids to follow through on whatever it is they set their mind to do. This can be true in everyday life, in sports, housework, and even at work later on down the road. Once a decision has been made, or a goal has been set, teach kids to follow through with this decision or goal. This is such an important character trait to instill at a young age.

Have a discussion with your kids about setting some goals. Come up with some goals for inside the house and also outside the house. Try and let the kids initiate the idea and then you can write them down and hang them on a wall where they are easy to see. This will serve as a reminder that these goals have been set and will teach kids to follow through.

Also, make sure and download the fun coloring sheet below for the kids to color as well!

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Water Safety - Girl in Lifejacket

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, families across the country are heading to cooler places to celebrate. Water destinations are great fun, but safety is a major concern as oftentimes there are no safety measures in place and no lifeguards to ensure they are enforced.

We came across this helpful article discussing how drowning doesn’t always look like drowning. This is a real eye-opener as most people envision it involving a lot of splashing, flailing arms, yelling, etc. In actuality, it may be hard to even realize that a person is struggling in the water. This real-life near-drowning video has been circulating the internet recently and just goes to show how quick it can happen, how difficult it can be to spot, and just how serious a lifeguard should take their job. We give a huge shout out to the lifeguard for taking her job seriously and being so alert!

One way to ensure kids are being watched vigilantly, is to share the responsibility with each of the guardians who are there to “watch” their kids as they swim. If swimming with a group of friends, pick an item such as a pool diving stick or even create a silly hat with a pair of eyes on it that the adult “on duty” has to wear. The idea is to make sure that someone is “on alert” at all times. When one is on duty they can’t be on cell phones and all attention must be on not only their own child(ren), but on all the kids in the swimming area. We think this is a great way to be smart this Fourth of July holiday.

With all that being said, make sure and enjoy your vacation, just be safe!

What are your plans for the Fourth of July?

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Kidney Brothers Hard Work pays offWe recently talked about entrepreneurship and teaching kids how they can be entrepreneurs and work hard to reach goals. Today, The Kidney Brothers are celebrating the results of their hard work. This is a great way to inspire kids and show them that hard work pays off and that it’s a great idea to dream big, work hard and the results will show for themselves.

Make sure and download the fun coloring sheet and also if you want the kids to do a little math this summer, grab the activity sheet as well. Use these to help remind kids to dream big and work hard! A little cash reward at the end of it is a great incentive and certainly a reminder that hard work pays off!

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Bell Peppers

Peppers are one of the June foods of the month, and there’s no better time of year to enjoy their yummy flavors. Speaking of flavors, they come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and flavors. Here are some interesting facts about peppers that you may not have known:

  • All varieties are a great source of vitamins A and C and other important vitamins and minerals.
  • The variety of pepper plant and stage of its ripeness determine the color and flavor of peppers. For example, a red bell pepper is simply a mature green bell pepper, but with a huge boost in vitamins! As a bell pepper ages, its color changes, and its flavor becomes sweeter and milder. When they become red, peppers are considered one of the “super foods,” so choose these!
  • Bell papers are available and in good supply all year, but they are more plentiful and less expensive during the summer months.
  • Peppers should be firm without any wrinkles, and the stem should be fresh and green.

Try adding peppers to some of your favorite meals this summer for an extra pop of flavor! In case you need some ideas, try these pasta with peppers recipes or this yummy slow cooker vegetarian stuffed green pepper one! Yum!

For years we have worked with The Oliver Foundation, a Houston-based 501(c)(3) non-profit operating foundation dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity. In fact, they were integral players in the creation and development of our OWG Shorts! So we were thrilled to recently hear about an incredibly talented and impressive young lady on their teen board, who is working hard to fight childhood obesity.

Bradlee Few - HoustonBradlee Few is a rising senior at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. Bradlee is fully engaged in academics, sports, service, and she is an avid writer. She has enhanced her academic experience by studying abroad in France and China. She is a third year member of both varsity cross country and track & field. For the 2014 season she was selected by her cross country and track coaches as a team captain. Bradlee has served as an Admissions Ambassador for the last two years representing Kinkaid to prospective families through tours and open houses; and she will also begin serving as a Deans Ambassador in the fall. She is the president and co-founder of the Bite of Kinkaid Club, a foodie club focused on exposing its members to world cultures through cooking, eating, and service. Bradlee is also a member of several organizations including National Charity League where she most recently was the President of the Houston Memorial Chapter class of 2016, The Oliver Foundation Teen Board focused on ending childhood obesity, the Nordstrom Fashion Board and Jack and Jill of America, Houston Chapter. Bradlee has also recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award for her work fighting childhood obesity.

Read this inspiring article to see how Bradlee was led to fight childhood obesity head on, watch her video called Tipping the Scale and stay tuned for the launch of her website to coincide with the video all with the hopes of advocating, informing and helping people to become aware of childhood obesity and what they can do to stop it.

We support your tremendous efforts Bradlee and we look forward to following you along the way!

 

Calci set goalsTeaching kids to set goals is one of the most important things you can teach them. Whether it be in sports, school, or later on in life, a job, the practice of goal setting is essential. Teaching kids about working hard to reach a set goal is so great to learn at a young age. It teaches kids to strive for something beyond what they imagined they could do, and to put in the work necessary to achieve it.

Make sure and download the fun coloring sheet below for the kids to color and so they can see what exciting goal Calci M. Bone has set and attained not once, but twice! Then, sit down with your kids and have them create a short list of goals that they would like to accomplish. Such a valuable lesson to learn!

Good Luck!

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Need an idea for a quick vegetable side dish this summer? Cook sliced peppers (a June Foods of the Month), and other chopped vegetables in foil packets and bake in the oven. These pepper foil packets can be easily transferred to your plate and served alongside chicken, fish, or lean meats – perfect for a summer barbecue!

Ingredients

2 green peppers, sliced thin

2 zucchini, sliced thin

2 summer squash, sliced thin

2 cups green beans, ends removed

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

4 12 x 12 sheets of aluminum foil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Add all the chopped vegetables and garlic to a bowl and toss with the extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Use a measuring cup to distribute 1 cup of vegetables into the center of each aluminum foil sheet. Sprinkle the veggies with additional salt and pepper (if desired).
  4. Next, fold the sides of the aluminum foil together to create a sealed packet.
  5. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes, until the veggies are tender.
  6. Serve.

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