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 […]

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 […]

5 Dishes to Consider Removing From Your Holiday Dinner Plans

December 20th, 2016

Holiday seasons are the perfect time to have fun, bond with family members, and of course, eat. Most people use the holidays as an excuse to ditch their diets in favor of calorie-laden delicacies. After all, Thanksgiving is America’s “Biggest Cheat Day.” Unfortunately, because of the season and the desire to enjoy the holiday, people […]

The Jekyll and Hyde Holiday Dilemma: How to Prevent Unhealthy Habits

December 15th, 2016

The holidays are a time of year to gather round the table, spend time with family — and potentially break every promise you’ve made to yourself to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Who doesn’t love an extra helping? A little more eggnog? You’ll be sure to burn all those calories off during January, right? The truth […]

4 Lunch Mistakes to Avoid (and What to Serve Instead)

December 29th, 2015

Packing healthy snacks and food for your children seems like a daunting task. However, making a few substitutions and slight changes to existing recipes can keep a lunch not only healthy, but interesting to your children.

Healthy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

November 25th, 2015

To make the most out of your leftovers, consider these tasty recipes you can enjoy the week following a holiday feast.

Tips for Heart-Healthy Children and Families

February 25th, 2014

February is American Heart Month, and we want to take some time to focus on how parents can promote their children’s heart health. When it comes to raising healthy children, efforts should start at home, with parents and other immediate family members that have so much impact on kids during their formative years. The efforts […]

4 Ways to Avoid Halloween Candy Overload

October 24th, 2013

With Halloween just a week away, kids and parents are gearing up for the spooky festivities and sugary gorge-fest. It’s not only children who become increasingly excited as the end of October looms near—retailers and manufactures are also preparing for a big Halloween sales. The National Retail Federation estimates total Halloween spending in the U.S. […]

The Top 5 Worst Kids’ Lunch Foods

May 30th, 2013

Whether it’s the ingredients, labeling, or nutritional value, learn why each of the popular kids’ foods listed below actually cause more harm than help in fighting childhood obesity.

New Obesity Statistics Widget

February 11th, 2011

The United States is facing a child obesity epidemic and now, more than ever, needs people and organizations to step forward to change our path of self destruction. The technology exists to focus the world’s talents, creativity, and expertise on solving the problem that has cost our nation trillions of dollars over the past decade in health care costs. The combination of a grassroots movement and innovative ideas for reversing obesity will save our country money, lives, and keep our kids healthy.