Sharing the Good News…

November 18th, 2010

I want to share an enjoyable moment with you.  Recently, I was in Sacramento to film a discussion on physical activity promotion in schools organized by the California Department of Public Health’s Project LEAN.  When the video is posted online, I’ll let you know. While we were waiting in the “green room” before the filming […]

Join SPARK in the Million PALA Challenge to Get Americans Moving

November 16th, 2010

SPARK is a proud partner of the President’s Challenge and excited to support the “Million PALA Challenge” campaign! The goal of the campaign is to get one million or more Americans to sign up for and achieve the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) between now and September, 2011. The “Million PALA Challenge” supports the First Lady’s […]

Fueling Student Success with Food and Fitness

November 10th, 2010

Brain breaks for better focus and concentration… Healthy eating messages sprinkled throughout the school hallways, cafeteria, and classrooms… Nutrition education woven into PE and core curriculum K-12… Where is this happening? Check out West Orange, New Jersey school district! “Teaching our students to maintain a healthy balance with eating and exercise is our top priority. […]

The McRib Sandwich: The Legend, The Hype, The Sodium?

November 2nd, 2010

Today is the return of the elusive McDonald’s McRib sandwich. Since its debut in 1981, the McRib sandwich has slowly but surely created a cult fan base of diehard McRib-groupies. The sandwich consists of a ground pork patty, shaped like a small rack of ribs with bones, slathered with BBQ sauce, and topped with onions and pickles on a 6-inch roll. With First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, a countrywide health overhaul to battle obesity, a mass movement away from processed foods, it’s almost surprising that a fast food item is garnering so much attention in 2010. Here are some nutritional statistics for the elusive McRib sandwich.

Schools Add Skateboarding to Kids Classes

November 2nd, 2010

Not too long ago, schools and city councils across the United States were at odds with skateboarders. Yet skateboarding has still remained a very popular sport amongst children and young adults. Schools across the United States are revamping their P.E. curriculum and exchanging traditional competitive team sports for more alternative and individualized sports such as skateboarding.