Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

WOWS E-Newsletter 01-13-2010

Wednesday WOWs

Welcome to Wednesday WOWS!
-wonderful O-opportunities W-with S-schools

January 13, 2010

....Easy HEAR-SEE-DO action tips each week

HEAR .... Provide a message to increase awareness of knowledge/skills
SEE .... Show people HOW to make healthy changes
DO .... Help people practice and make healthy changes

Active Play EVERY Day


During the winter months, use these creative approaches to help kids get daily physical activity! Share the following HKC resources and suggestions in parent newsletters, E-mails and social networks to encourage Active Play EVERY Day!



  1. Bundle up the kids with appropriate winter attire and go outside for a "Winter Scavenger Hunt"! Consider these ideas to include on the list:
    • Find and examine different forms of water-fog (gas), water (liquid), snow and ice (solids)
    • Examine tree branches to find if there are any buds? Old leaves? Bird nests? Icicles?
    • Look for birds and list. Are there any ducks? Hawks? Songbirds?
    • Find the varied colors of winter. Is anything blue, gray, brown, maroon?

  2. With the upcoming Winter Olympics, explore different winter sports.
    • Visit an ice skating rink to learn how to skate.
    • Build a bobsled run on a snowy hill and use cardboard boxes for sleds.
    • If the weather is too severe outside, the kids can tie paper plates to their feet with string:
      • for indoor skating. (Setting Up For Success, pg. 59)
      • to cross country ski around the house.
      • as snowshoes to trudge through the snow (layer pillows on the floor, like drifts of snow).

  3. Organize an indoor "Game Day" event for your kids's neighborhood friends or youth group. Some elementary school gyms or church multipurpose rooms can be rented for use and will include gym equipment. Organize group games but also allow plenty of free play. Look into liability forms and set clear rules. Establish a fee and schedule parents to supervise for a period of time. The kids will have fun and get plenty of physical activity!

      HKC Monthly Webinar Training Notice! Register Now!
      Food Museum activity booklet Webinar
      Thursday, January 14, 2010 3:00 p.m. CST 
      See how to make the grocery store a healthy learning experience for kids!

      "Cafeteria Success - Menus, marketing, student advisory groups" Webinar
      Thursday, January 21, 2010 3:00 p.m. CST

      Solutions: Finding Resources for School Wellness Policies Blog
      A Healthy Kids Challenge view of lack of resources when it comes to wellness...and one of our simple, every day, evidence based solutions. Schools tells us: We don't have enough money...We don't have enough time...There is no one perfect healthy school and even the model schools had to start somewhere ...
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      Special HKC Materials Offer Ends Friday!
      "Get 2 Booklets for the Price of One" promotion ends Friday, January 15, 2010. Time is limited, so check what we have to offer! See details!

      Funding Opportunity
      Use the following grant to promote healthy eating and physical activity programs for community youth. 

      Finish Line Youth Athletic Program Grants 
      March 31, 2010
      The Finish Line Youth Foundation provides grants to organizations focusing on youth athletic programs. Specifically, the foundation wishes to fund community-based programs that address active lifestyles and team building skills to children, especially to disadvantaged and special needs children. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

      Thought for the Day
      "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." --Allan Kay

      For questions about Healthy Kids Challenge, please contact:
      Vickie L. James, RD, LD, Director

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