December 29th, 2010

Image Courtesy of Blueskyemama New Year’s is just around the corner, and now its time to start preparing those New Year’s Resolutions. This year, many families across the United States are fighting childhood obesity by creating New Years Resolutions that successfully promote their children’s health. After all, healthy lifestyles are learned at a young age. […]

Christmas Gifts that Promote Activity and Nutrition

December 16th, 2010

Image courtesy of Serenityfamilydaycare.com With childhood obesity at the forefront of parents’ and teachers’ concerns, it’s only natural that the commodities on the market around the holidays would follow suit. Here are some great gift ideas that will promote physical activity and good nutrition. Kids Video Games: There are plenty of exercising video games available […]

SPARK Comix for December…

December 13th, 2010

Reduce Screen-Time with “Screen-Time Vouchers”

December 13th, 2010

As a father, a physical educator, and a family health advocate, I know that managing children’s screen-time is a critical but often challenging aspect of family wellness. That’s why we’ve begun to develop screen-time management tools like SPARK’s Screen-Time Vouchers. We feel it’s especially timely to share this resource as we hit the holiday gift-giving […]

Healthy Eating Tip Sheets for Parents

December 13th, 2010

Guest Blog Post from our Nutrition Education Partner, Healthy Kids Challenge (HKC): Childhood obesity statistics are alarming. Our Nutrition Education Partner Healthy Kids Challenge (HKC) challenges you to go beyond a focus on the obesity problem and Take Action with simple solutions that can help improve health for ALL kids and their families. Use HKC […]

Help Your Family Have a Healthy Holiday Season

December 13th, 2010

The holiday season is here and with it come Christmas parties, New Year’s celebrations…and food, food, and more food! Not to mention that when the temperatures drop and the sunset comes early, it gets harder and harder to make sure you (and your family) are getting the exercise you need to stay healthy through the […]

Healthy Holiday Recipes

December 13th, 2010

Holiday Pudding Cups A light delicious treat which is fruitful, festive, and requires very little work. Plus it is in its own dish, so less clean up after a holiday party. Ingredients: 1pkg Philo dough (thawed) 1pkg JELLO instant vanilla pudding (regular or sugar free) Milk (for pudding) ¼ cup Pomegranate ¼ cup Strawberry (sliced) […]

Study: Physically Active Kids Perform Better Academically

December 9th, 2010

For children, it’s important to begin a regular routine of healthy exercise as early as possible to help them perform at their best. However, such activity is a means of improving more than just the body through building muscle strength and endurance. In fact, many studies are now showing that children who are physically active also perform better in the classroom.