Find the right community wellness partner

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 4:18 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Community engagement is an important part of a comprehensive workplace wellness program. Employers gain many advantages by engaging in community partnerships, but how do you choose effective partners for your community engagement efforts?

Effective community wellness partnerships require strategic planning and ongoing communication. You want to find a partner(s) whose interest in and commitment to improving wellness is well aligned with yours. 

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12 Physical Activity Recommendations for Your School Wellness Policy

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 4:55 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Physical activity is important to the overall health and well-being of everyone, including school-age children. The benefits are well documented and include significant reduction in health risks, building and maintenance of strong bones and muscles, improved health-related fitness, and positive social and mental health. Increasing scientific evidence suggests that healthier students are also better learners, and physical activity can improve academic achievement.

Schools are in an ideal position to influence children's health through increased physical activity, because school is where most children spend the majority of their time outside of home. A School Wellness Policy can help guide these efforts.

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How to avoid overeating this Thanksgiving (or at any holiday party)

Posted on November 22, 2017 at 6:37 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

It's possible to celebrate Thanksgiving—or any holiday—without going overboard on sweet treats and calorie-laden food and beverages. Here are a few simple strategies to help support you in eating healthy at your Thanksgiving Day celebration. 

Drink water

Drinking water will help you stay hydrated and feel full. Additionally, by choosing water, you'll be avoiding empty liquid calories. Remember, that 12 oz can of Coke contains 140 calories and 10 teaspoons of sugar—skip it and you'll save room for dessert!

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Add physical activity to your Thanksgiving celebration

Posted on November 17, 2017 at 6:05 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Give thanks for good health this Thanksgiving by adding a new physically active tradition to your family's celebration. 

It's not a far-fetched idea. In fact, Thanksgiving Day boasts more run/walk races than any other day of the year. A record high 726 Thanksgiving Day races were recorded nationwide in 2016, with nearly a million finishers!

We've rounded up a few ideas for you to consider locally, including some tips for a do-it-yourself event at home.

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How to encourage active play in daycare, preschool

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 10:48 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

If you work with children 5 years of age and younger, you probably already know that active play is important. But how much active play time do they need each day? What does "physical activity" for this age group look like? And how can you encourage active play if children are reluctant? 

Let's look at the key recommendations for child care providers at specific ages, as well as tips for reaching those recommendations in your daycare center, preschool, or home.

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Healthy rewards and incentives for employees

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 9:30 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Do the rewards you give your employees support their health goals or sabotage them?

Pizza parties, doughnut breakfasts, and birthday cakes are easy to plan and execute, but they contradict your goal to help employees adopt healthier habits. So what else can you do?

Whether you want to reward your team for achieving a goal, celebrate a holiday together, or specifically incentivize them to participate in wellness initiatives, you can opt for healthy rewards that support wellness goals and are meaningful and valuable to employees. 

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Fun and healthy Halloween parties for school or home

Posted on October 27, 2017 at 2:50 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Halloween may come just once a year, but when candy and sweet treats take center stage at our celebrations, the cumulative long-term consequences are scary. 

Shift the focus of your Halloween celebration away from candy and have fun with healthy snacks, active games, and non-food prizes instead. 

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Teach healthy habits in early childhood: easy as ABC...

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 12:36 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Habits established in early childhood last a lifetime. We know that ages 5 years and under are particularly critical in developing healthy behaviors and attitudes towards food and physical activity. What can child care providers do to encourage healthy habits? That's as easy as ABC...

Active Play

We often say, "Everyone needs 1 hour of physical activity every day," but best practices in early childhood care call for even more active play. Young children need 120 minutes, or 2 hours, of active play every day, both indoors and outdoors. The benefits are plentiful. Active play:

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Offer fitness equipment to encourage physical activity at work

Posted on October 11, 2017 at 1:03 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Everybody needs at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity—enough to feel your heart pumping and increased breathing—every day. Luckily, we don't need to get all 60 minutes at once. 

Healthy workplaces stock a fitness area or activity room for employees to use during the workday. The return on investment in employees' physical activity is significant—improvements in employee health as well as improvements in productivity, absenteeism, and morale.

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13 ways to encourage fruits and vegetables in school lunchroom

Posted on October 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Did you know that simple marketing and presentation strategies can affect the number of fruits and vegetables that students eat? Here are some Smarter Lunchroom strategies that encourage students to eat more fruits and vegetables:

Focus on Fruit

Offer at least two different kinds of fruit

Think beyond apples, bananas, and oranges. Smarter Lunchrooms expose students to a wide variety of fruits, including grapes, watermelon, mandarin oranges, peaches, berries, and kiwi. Fresh, frozen, dried, and canned are all equally nutritious. 

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