7 Tips: How to eat healthy when eating out

Posted on October 21, 2016 at 12:15 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Whether you’re traveling, pressed for time, or simply don’t want to cook at home, dining out is part of American culture. But how can you make healthy choices when faced with supersized restaurant portions of foods high in sodium, fat, and sugar? 

Never fear. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to completely give up dining out. Here are 7 tips for how to eat healthy when eating out:

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Nothing scary about these healthy Halloween ideas

Posted on October 13, 2016 at 12:01 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Cooler temperatures, colorful changing leaves, hayrides, and the fun of dressing up for Halloween are four excellent reasons for hosting a party this month. You don’t need to load the buffet table with baked sweets and candy. These three healthy Halloween ideas are anything but scary: 

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7 ways marketing can help students make healthy choices in the lunchroom

Posted on October 5, 2016 at 11:59 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

What comes to mind when we say, “Marketing food and beverages to children”? Go on, take a second and let some pictures pop into your head.

You thought of all the unhealthy stuff, didn’t you? The advertising campaigns that push sugary drinks with no nutritional value? Fast food? Cute talking animals that sell addictive crunchy things that stain your fingers orange?

What if we told you that you can use the power of marketing in the school lunchroom to improve kids’ eating habits? It’s proven:

  • Moving and highlighting fruit on the lunch line increased sales by up to 102%. 

  • Naming vegetables and displaying the names with the foods made students select them 40-70% more often.

Here’s a look at 7 ways marketing can help you nudge students towards smarter choices at lunchtime:

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Boost student learning with healthy breakfast choices

Posted on September 28, 2016 at 11:59 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but too many kids can’t or don’t eat it. Three out of four teachers say they teach kids who regularly come to school hungry.

Why should your school make breakfast a priority? Students who regularly eat a good breakfast: 

  • score 17.5% higher on standardized math tests 

  • have better attendance 

  • are more attentive and have fewer behavioral problems 

  • have higher graduation rates 

  • are more likely to be at a healthy weight. 

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Vegetable and fruit smoothies: simple and healthy at home or at school

Posted on September 21, 2016 at 11:59 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Let’s be honest. It’s easier to sell kids on an idea when it’s already ingrained in pop culture—when somebody else suggests that it is the new big thing. So get out the blender.

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Greater Lawrence/Far Eastside selected as one of 50 communities nationwide to compete in Healthiest Cities Challenge

Posted on September 15, 2016 at 9:01 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids


GREATER LAWRENCE/FAR EASTSIDE – The Greater Lawrence/Far Eastside community – comprised of the City of Lawrence and southern Lawrence Township – has been selected as one of 50 communities across the country to compete in the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge for a chance at a $250,000 grand prize.

The Challenge, a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, will award a total of $1.5 million to small and mid-sized cities, counties, and federally-recognized tribes that are able to show measurable change in their communities by implementing health innovations and data-driven solutions during the two-year challenge. Hundreds of entities applied to be a part of the Challenge.

Greater Lawrence/Far Eastside proposed a Healthy Families Healthy Children initiative in partnership with Jump IN for Healthy Kids as its health challenge. The initiative will work to reduce childhood obesity in the greater Lawrence community by creating healthy environments where families can make healthy choices to improve their children’s health.

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How does nutrition affect student achievement in school?

Posted on September 7, 2016 at 11:30 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

A mountain of research suggests that healthy nutrition radically improves children’s cognitive function and measurable academic achievement.

We know that:

  • Specific vitamins and minerals that our body obtains from nutrient-rich foods play a critical role in brain growth, development and learning.
  • Staying hydrated is important—a drop of just 1-2% in body fluid can cause difficulty with math problems, slower processing, impaired short-term memory, and trouble focusing on a page of text or computer screen.
  • Obese children show less brain activity, especially in the frontal cortex which is associated with attention, short-term memory tasks, planning and motivation.
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Tips for a Healthier Breakfast

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 6:00 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Forget the doughnuts and the big-as-your-face muffins drowning in sugar sprinkles. A healthy breakfast includes a variety of whole grain, fruit, vegetable, dairy and meat or meat alternative combinations. With a little planning and our tips for a healthier breakfast, you’ll be well on your way to getting the recommended 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

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Turning a national spotlight on child obesity

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 11:30 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to highlight not only the health challenges facing our children, but also the solutions that we’re promoting through our work at Jump IN for Healthy Kids.

In central Indiana 4 out of 10 children are estimated to be overweight or obese. That’s nearly a quarter million kids struggling with an unhealthy weight that puts them at risk of significant health issues.

Child obesity is linked to:

  • Heart disease and heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Early onset of Type 2 diabetes
  • Poor academic performance
  • Social, emotional, and behavioral problems

If we do not reverse childhood obesity trends, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project that this generation of children will be the first to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

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Healthy vending machine options are possible

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 11:00 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Vending machines remain popular because they provide quick, convenient and inexpensive food options for users—and possibly a revenue stream for the organization hosting the machines. But they don’t have to be chocked full of candy and chips to achieve all these things.

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