Outdoor Equipment and Safety

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 11:05 AM by Megan McKinney Cooper

At Jump IN for Healthy Kids, we are very happy that it's summer.  Long sunny days, warm weather, and outdoor activities allow for some wonderful family time, physical activity, and just plain fun.  Before you hop on that bike or send the kids out to the swing set, we wanted to share with you some tips to help ensure that the outdoor equipment you're using is safe.  

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The Built Environment and Health

Posted on June 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM by Megan McKinney Cooper

Central Indiana has many wonderful qualities, but a year ago, our investment in the city's built environment was looking bleak.  That has started changing, and Indianapolis has shared several bits of built environment good news recently. The term "built environment" refers to the built structures in communities and includes everything from sidewalks to trails to public transportation. The quality of a community's built environment can severely impact public health. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "The built environment influences a person’s level of physical activity. For example, inaccessible or nonexistent sidewalks and bicycle or walking paths contribute to sedentary habits. These habits lead to poor health outcomes such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer." 

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Enrolling Taking Steps to Healthy Success

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 1:16 PM by Megan McKinney Cooper

Jump IN for Healthy Kids has a close partner in Early Learning Indiana, helping our work to reduce overweight and obesity prevalence in children.  Research tells us that children establish their habits around nutrition and physical activity by age five, so ensuring they learn healthy behaviors early on is critical.  We reach these young children through the Taking Steps to Healthy Success (TSHS) program, a best practices approach to nutrition and physical activity for children ages zero to five that covers the topics of nutrition, healthy beverages, physical activity, screen time, breast feeding, family engagement and staff wellness. Jump IN and Early Learning Indiana offer TSHS free to child care providers and all participating programs will receive a cash incentive upon completing the requirements.  Thanks to Anthem, Jump IN and Early Learning Indiana are now enrolling 25 new child care providers to begin the full session and 25 providers who've already had the training for ongoing technical assistance to ensure that the best practices are being thoroughly followed and are embedded into the policies and day-to-day of the centers.  More than 170 child care providers in central Indiana have already participated in the program, impacting more than 10,000 children. 

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Get Up Off of That Thing - ways for families to stay active this summer

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 1:41 PM by Megan McKinney Cooper

It's spring, and the school year is coming to an end.  The good weather and longer daylight hours mean more opportunities for outdoor play and physical activity.  Make a commitment today to keep those activities going all summer long - blending family fun time with physical activity is a winning combination!

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Harrison Hill Part 3:  Healthy Kids

Posted on May 5, 2018 at 4:36 PM by Megan McKinney Cooper

This is the last blog post of a three-part series to tell you about a unique elementary school, nestled in Lawrence: Harrison Hill School.  That part of Lawrence is economically depressed, and its residents frequently struggle with poverty and the challenges that go with it. But Harrison Hill is unusual as a community school:  services that families need are accessible at the school (part 1), and School Community Liaison Neal Gore has developed an exceptionally robust family engagement program (part 2).  The third piece of this work is improving kids' health by creating a healthy environment where making good nutrition and physical activity choices are part of daily life.   

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What is healthy? 4 steps anyone can take 

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 2:14 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Have the Olympics triggered conversations in your house about sports and having a healthy body?  Now is a great time to talk about the connection between physical activity and staying healthy.  You don't have to be a world-class athlete to have strong bones and muscles. Here is a simple formula that you can use every day (you may already be doing one or more of these activities) to help your body function in good form.    

Our friends at Let's Go! created a simple slogan to help you remember four ways to be healthy every day: 5-2-1-0. These research-proven recommendations come from experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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7 More Resources for Physical Activity in Child Care

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 6:50 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

 

Looking to start, expand, or freshen up your physical activity or health education program in the new year? We've rounded up 7 toolkits and curriculum resources for you to explore.

Animal Trackers

Animal Trackers is a complete motor skills and physical activity curriculum developed by the nation’s leading specialists in health and education. A program for preschool children ages 3-6, Animal Trackers features over 60 activities spread out over 10 units filled with colorful characters, games, songs, and stories. Creep and crawl like Lenny the Lizard, or gallop like Harry the Horse. Fee required to access program materials.

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Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Early Childhood Coordination Kit

CATCH Early Childhood is designed to nurture a love of physical activity, provide an introduction to classroom-based gardening and nutrition, and encourage healthy eating in children ages 3-5. Little ones are motivated to walk, run, jump, dance, and move their whole bodies while playing and having fun.

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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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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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