Is PE Class a Good Time to Teach About Nutrition?

March 1st, 2018

Good nutrition is the bedrock of a child’s health and well-being, and ensures they are physically and mentally able to learn and concentrate at school. Whether a student is hungry, hopped up on sugar, or living with patterns of disordered eating, research has shown that poor nutrition will limit their capacity for academic growth. It’s […]

9 of Our Best Posts About Food and Nutrition

February 22nd, 2018

The world of physical education is about much more than just exercise — physical education programs also teach students how to eat well and take care of their bodies by making nutritious choices. Healthy eating boosts physical and mental health, so an emphasis on good food is an important habit for any family. Kids who […]

Steps for Setting & Following Through on New Year’s Goals

January 2nd, 2018

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant Motivation is the general desire or willingness to do something. It is the drive and determination to get something done. That desire is part of the HOW to get things done. Motivation also includes the reasons you have for getting something done. Motivation is the incentive or stimulus […]

Guidelines for Enjoying a Healthy Thanksgiving

November 7th, 2017

With scrumptious side dishes, tantalizing turkey, and a decadent dessert table, the Thanksgiving holiday can put a major dent in you and your children’s healthy diet. But with a few tips from our past blog posts, you can change up your turkey day tactics with food swaps and fun games. It’s the perfect recipe for […]

Tips for Healthy Halloween Treats

October 24th, 2017

Halloween and sweet treats are practically synonymous. While sweets aren’t bad in limited amounts, it is all too easy for one night of Halloween treats to balloon into a week-long sugar spree. Between the piles of trick-or-treat candy (that might hang around well into November) and the various Halloween parties and events a child may […]

Summer Treats to Beat the Heat: 6 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Love

July 5th, 2017

The summer heat can be tough to deal with, especially for kids who are running around in the hot sun all day. Coupling cool snacks with healthy treats can require a bit of creativity, but it’s not impossible to encourage healthy eating over the summer break. To help your kids cool down and stay hydrated, […]

5 Ways to Teach Kids About the Food Groups

May 30th, 2017

Between teaching your kids how to read, write and behave, in addition to many other life skills, the topic of health can easily get lost in the shuffle. It’s important for your children to learn the importance of healthy eating so that they can grow up to make smart decisions concerning their diet. But what […]

3 Reasons Why Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day for Kids

May 2nd, 2017

Do your kids routinely eat breakfast each morning? Eating a balanced breakfast offers a wealth of health benefits, both physical and mental, for the whole family. Teaching your children healthy habits from a young age by incorporating a nutritious breakfast into their daily routine is a vital life lesson. Breakfast will not only have a […]

6 Ideas for Protein-Packed, Kid-Friendly Food

April 24th, 2017

Protein is a powerful substance, responsible for building muscle, bone and tissue, as well as keeping your child’s energy levels regulated throughout the day. A regular dose of protein can even protect against infection. But if your child gets most of their protein from high-fat mac ‘n’ cheese or ice cream milkshakes, you may need […]

Heart-Healthy Meals that are Child-Friendly

February 28th, 2017

It’s not easy to get kids to eat healthy, and it’s even more difficult to get them to understand why eating a certain way is important; children live in the now and are blissfully unaware of how their habits as children will impact them as adults. The sooner you help kids to establish healthy eating […]