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.

Healthy People 2020 RFP: New Funding Available to Non-Profits

July 6th, 2011

New Funding Available to Non-Profits Working to Promote Improved Health at a Community Level! Healthy People 2020 Community Innovations Project Request for Proposal Summary: The purpose of this RFP is to solicit community-level projects that use Healthy People 2020 overarching goals, topic areas and objectives to promote improved heath at a community level. Funding is […]

SPARK & Skillastics Team-Up to Get Kids Active

May 6th, 2011

SPARK is proud to announce a partnership with Skillastics, the leader in engaging, reinforcing, and assessing large groups of children PreK-12 in standards-based fitness and sports specific skill development activities. Skillastics, now a SPARK Recommended Resource, will enhance SPARK activities by providing an additional assessment tool, allowing the instructor the freedom to view a large […]

What is a PEP Grant?

April 13th, 2011

The PEP Grant, also known as the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant, is a federally funded grant program designed to award money to local education agencies and community-based organizations, including religious organizations, to help them initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs for K through 12 students. In 2011, the PEP Grant will award schools and community-based organizations anywhere from $100,000 to $750,000 for programs that help students work toward meeting state standards for physical education.

3 More Nutrition Education Questions Answered…

February 15th, 2011

This week we’re excited to feature three more nutrition education questions answered by our partner Healthy Kids Challenge- enjoy! 1) Can what I eat (as a teacher) affect what my kids eat? Yes, it can and it does! Research tells us that being a positive role model is important if we want to change behaviors. […]

Integrating Nutrition into the School Day

January 13th, 2011

Energy balance is crucial to healthy living and while physical education classes can be found in most schools across the nation, nutrition education is being taught in only a small percentage of schools.  Why is this the case if healthy eating is so important? Some reasons include a lack of standards and policies, lack of […]

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) […]