Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Michigan Kids Can Move and "Bag the Junk"

Celebrate physical fitness and sports. We must spread the word about the importance and benefits of eating healthy and physical activity. 

Students seem to understand the importance of "watching what they eat". They are aware of the importance of eating healthy and following the food pyramid. 

Eating healthy, going to the doctor's office, and taking medicine when needed is part of life. Our literacy class had a "Genius Hour" discussion on the successes of getting healthy food options at our school and their favorite ways to get moving in order to have an active lifestyle.

Students need three meals every day to keep them strong and energized. These meals must include fruits and vegetables. 

Students agreed that eating at home more often is a good way to stay healthier. People tend to eat unhealthier when eating at a restaurant. 

Our school provides students with healthy food options within vending machines, cafeteria lines, our school store, and fundraisers. Even though students do not always like the idea that they cannot buy candy for a snack or soda pop, they have adapted to healthier food options such as fruit and water. 

Students enjoy the wholegrain Bosco cheese sticks, protein-filled chicken nuggets, and a salad bar filled with vegetables. However, they do complain at times that the gluten-free pizza tastes like terrible cardboard and sometimes the fruit is rotten.  

According to Blue Cross Blue Shield, nearly one in three children are overweight across the country, and Michigan has the 18th highest obesity rate in the U.S. Unhealthy kids are more likely to become unhealthy adults. 

Students need the expert recommended 60 minutes of exercise and physical activity per day. This can include swimming, riding bikes, jumping on a trampoline, walking around the block, and other outdoor activities.  

Physical activity can support better learning, attendance, and behavior in school. According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, only one in three students are active everyday. 

Students also stay active and healthy by playing sports such as volleyball, football, hockey, soccer, baseball, and basketball. Many students play on school, recreational or travel teams. 

Students enjoy sharing their experiences and often make connections with their classmates. Many students dance at a studio, participate in karate, or do gymnastics after school. 

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We must also be aware of the affects of eating disorders. 50%  of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression. 

25% of college-aged women engage in purging as a weight-management technique. In the United States, 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder. 

Use this toolkit for ideas to implement at home and school.

My mantra: I am capable. Live Healthy, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and avoid drugs. 

I decided to exercise everyday for both my mental, social, and physical health. My streak is at least three years. 

I mainly jog, walk, and/or bike for at least 30 minutes a day usually in the evening. I look at exercise as a daily motivational routine such as eating, bathing, and relaxing. 

It is a key ingredient to a well-balanced life. 

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche