December 12th, 2011

Looking for the perfect gift for that “active” person/people in your life? Ellen Ormsby, SPARK’s East Coast Program Representative, marathon runner and all-around fitness expert, shares the top 3 “fitness” items on her holiday gift list… TRX Suspension Trainer Pro: Uses body weight for multi-functional workouts. Simple suspension system, includes two 1-1/2″ web straps, adjustable […]

Holiday Activity Lesson Plans for Physical Education

December 12th, 2011

Last month we held a contest for SPARKfamily.org members to submit their favorite Holiday Tag activity for a chance to win and iPod. We had some amazing submissions, and we’ve posted the top 20 of them on SPARKfamily.org! However, for those of you that aren’t SPARKfamily.org members yet, we wanted to share some of the […]

December 12th, 2011

The following recipe is from Bernadette Garcia-Roger, Master Trainer for the SPARK Early Childhood program: Bernadette’s Holiday Butternut Squash Casserole Here’s one of my favorite comfort food dishes for the holidays. I love this because it’s a bit more healthy with the squash (seasonal vegetable) added in. I’ve made this quite often and there are […]

5 Easy-to-Make and Healthful Meals

December 6th, 2011

As the American healthy consumer guides evolve, so has the food guide pyramid. This one triangular building block of choices has been altered to appear in the form of a plate. The plate is a more visual way to associate portion size and helps children and adults alike maintain a healthy balance. The new food […]

11 Ways to Instill Healthy Lifestyle Habits in Your Children

December 2nd, 2011

Children learn from the influences around them. Part of growing up is creating the habits that will follow your children throughout their lifetimes and shape them as they mature. Instilling a healthy lifestyle in your children when they are young can help build the framework for an entire lifetime of healthy habits. Here are 10 […]