Move more: physical activity tips for work and home

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 12:50 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

The causes of the obesity epidemic are numerous and complex, but no doubt our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is a key contributor.

Experts recommend a minimum of one hour of physical activity per day—for children and adults alike—but it doesn't have to happen all at once. In fact, peppering the day with short bursts of low-intensity physical activity has substantial health benefits that rival longer single sessions of vigorous activity.

Why do we need physical activity breaks?

Frequent activity breaks help the heart work more efficiently. They also help trim waistlines, improve blood pressure and lower triglycerides and other blood fat levels. Other facts:

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Healthy school party ideas: Valentine's Day snacks, activities

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 9:34 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all about candy and sweets. If you're planning to celebrate Valentine's Day in your home, classroom, or child care, take advantage of the opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle. Here are some ideas:

Healthy Snacks and Treats to Love

Fruit & Vegetable Bouquet

Use heart and flower-shaped cookie cutters to cut fresh fruits and vegetables such as melon and bell peppers. Place them on green skewers and arrange them into a bouquet. Tie together with red or pink ribbon. Students may enjoy with low-fat yogurt, hummus, salsa, or low-fat ranch dressing. 

Heart Sandwiches

Create healthy sandwiches using whole grain bread and strawberry fruit spread. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out mini heart sandwiches. 

Valentine's Day Taste Test

Host a taste test at your party using red fruits and vegetables. Pomegranate, cranberries, apples, blood oranges, raspberries, red peppers and cherry tomatoes are great options. Have students vote on their favorite red fruit and vegetable. 

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Do you know how much sugar you (and your kids) drink?

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 5:00 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

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We often do not think about how much sugar we get from what we drink. Sugary drinks don't fill us up as quickly as food does, so it's easy to take in more than we need. 

5 Alternatives to Sugary Drinks

1. Water—Add lemon or cucumber for flavor, or experiment with these recipes.
2. Sparkling water with natural flavors
3. Unflavored seltzer water with a slice of lemon and a splash of 100% fruit juice
4. Unsweetened iced tea with lemon slices
5. Coffee— black or with a little milk

Tips for Cutting Back

On some days, sugary drinks are hard to avoid entirely. Here are some tips to help you cut back on how much you drink:

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National recognition for innovation and achievement

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 10:25 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

2016 Year in Review - part four in a series of four

 

Jump IN’s mission is to promote policies and practices that create healthy environments where families and children have real opportunities to make healthy choices and engage in healthy behaviors. Research shows that if healthy nutrition and physical activity policies can be implemented in the places where children and families spend most of their time, their health will likely improve.

 In Part One of this Year in Review series we described what we did in 2016 to increase the number of healthy choices that family members have in their workplaces, schools, child care settings, and personal homes. In Part Two we described the launch of our first community demonstration project in Greater Lawrence/Far Eastside, a nationally recognized effort to employ numerous strategies across multiple sectors to increase health in a concentrated geographic region. In Part Three we looked closely at our efforts in 2016 to affect the broader community impacting central Indiana families.  

This post highlights our growing reputation as a nationally recognized best practice initiative addressing childhood obesity as a complex public health issue.

Recognition and Awards

The National Academy of Sciences (formerly IOM) Roundtable on Obesity Solutions recognized Jump IN as a best practice model, featuring Jump IN CEO Ron Gifford in a panel presentation in Washington, D.C., on the topic “The Role of Business in Multisector Obesity Solutions.” (April 2016)

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Healthy Community: increasing public awareness and engagement to decrease child obesity

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 10:40 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

2016 Year in Review - part three in a series of four

Jump IN’s mission is to promote policies and practices that create healthy environments where families and children have real opportunities to make healthy choices and engage in healthy behaviors. Research shows that if healthy nutrition and physical activity policies can be implemented in the places where children and families spend most of their time, their health will likely improve.

In Part One of this Year in Review series we described what we did in 2016 to increase the number of healthy choices that family members have in their workplaces, schools, child care settings, and personal homes. In Part Two we described the launch of our first community demonstration project in Greater Lawrence/Far Eastside, a nationally recognized effort to employ numerous strategies across multiple sectors to increase health in a concentrated geographic region.

In this post we look at our 2016 efforts to engage and educate the larger community for the benefit of central Indiana families.

Healthy Community

Beyond their schools, child care centers, workplaces, homes, and neighborhoods, children and families are also members of a larger community whose values, norms, and policies shape the broader environment in which these families live. For that reason, Jump IN works to influence that environment by encouraging educational conversations on healthy habits, urging the adoption of targeted public policies that promote healthy living, and fostering an overall culture of good health in the community.

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Healthy Neighborhoods: addressing systemic issues that contribute to childhood obesity

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 12:31 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

2016 Year in Review - part two in a series of four

Jump IN’s mission is to promote policies and practices that create healthy environments where families and children have real opportunities to make healthy choices and engage in healthy behaviors. Research shows that if healthy nutrition and physical activity policies can be implemented in the places where children and families spend most of their time, their health will likely improve.

In Part One of this Year In Review series, we described how we’re creating “Healthy Places” by improving the policies and practices at schools, child care centers, and worksites to promote better nutrition and physical activity. In this second segment, we look at our efforts to create "Healthy Neighborhoods" where families live, work, and play.

Healthy Neighborhoods

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person’s zip code is more likely to determine their health status than their genetic code. A neighborhood’s “social determinants of health” – factors such as income, educational attainment, access to health care and other resources – directly impact the health status of the residents there.

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Healthy Places: embedding healthy nutrition and physical activity policies in everyday settings

Posted on January 6, 2017 at 6:00 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

2016 Year in Review - part one in a series of four

The new year brings the opportunity to pause and reflect on 2016 and our progress in reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity. In this series of four Year in Review stories, we summarize some of our most significant accomplishments to date.

Healthy Places

Jump IN’s mission is to promote policies and practices that create healthy environments where families and children have real opportunities to make healthy choices and engage in healthy behaviors.Much of Jump IN’s work is grounded in this fact:

Changing the environment is the best way to change behaviors.

Research shows that if healthy nutrition and physical activity policies can be implemented in the places where children and families spend most of their time, their health will likely improve. Here’s how we helped schools, child care centers, worksites, and family homes embed healthy nutrition and physical activity policies and practices in 2016:

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Encourage active play every day

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Young children need lots of time to move their bodies—at home, at daycare, and in preschool. Movement helps children develop motor skills, which are important to all other areas of development—language, cognition, social, emotional, and adaptive skills. Children need encouragement, instruction, and opportunity to develop their motor skills. Help support this by practicing these tips. 

Teach your kids how to move

Movement skills don't always develop naturally. Try purposefully including movements such as the ones below in your play time with children:

  • Up to 1 year old: stretching, patting, grasping, releasing, creeping, crawling
  • 1 to 2 years old: clapping, grabbing, squeezing, pressing, stamping, pushing, pulling, jumping
  • 2 to 3 years old: twisting, balancing, waddling, climbing, marching, rolling, sliding, turning
  • 3 to 4 years old: hopping, tossing, galloping, jumping, slithering, darting, bouncing, trudging
  • 4 to 5 years old: tumbling, running, galloping, prancing, skipping, throwing, catching, tip-toeing, bending, stretching, collapsing, sneaking, trotting, kicking, batting

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Exploring the Role of the Business Community in Improving Health

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 10:17 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

How can employers—who bear about half of the health care costs in the U.S.—improve physical activity among individuals?

Jump IN for Healthy Kids CEO Ron Gifford joins Jim Huffman, Senior Vice President of Global Benefits at Bank of America Corporation, and Ron Goetzel, PhD, Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with moderator Janet Marchibroda, Director of Health Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center, for a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on Friday, December 9, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Explore employer strategies that promote physical activity within their organizations and communities. Hear about key findings from a physical activity challenge conducted by BPC’s CEO Council on Health and Innovation.

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30 Easy, healthy snack ideas for kids

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 10:33 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

If you are looking for easy, healthy snack ideas that will appeal to kids and adults alike, you've come to the right place. Here are 30 no-prep and low-prep snack ideas to inspire you.

No Prep Snacks

  • Whole fruit: grapes, apples, bananas, etc.
  • Fruit salad: unsweetened canned fruit, snack cup, or do-it-yourself by mixing 1/2 cup of bite-sized fresh fruit (pineapple, melon, and berries, for example)
  • Frozen fruit: 1/2 cup of berries, melon, etc.
  • Dried fruit: 1/3 cup of raisins, dried apricots, etc.
  • Applesauce: 1 snack cup (unsweetened)
  • Nuts: 1/3 cup of almonds, peanuts, cashews, or mixed nuts
  • Cheese: low fat string cheese, or 2 slices low fat cheese (such as Cabot Creamery)
  • Yogurt: 1 sqeezeable low fat yogurt (such as Stonyfield Farm, Chobani), or 1 low fat yogurt container (6 oz)
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