Indoor Playgrounds and Sledding Hills for Cold Weather Physical Activity

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 10:26 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Central Indiana is forecast to get more snow this weekend - possibly a lot of snow.  Some weather forecasters and predicting up to 10 inches!  And then the temperature is predicted to plummet, making for a blizzard-like, bitter cold few days. Naturally, staying safe is the most important thing to prepare for in extreme winter weather, but we at Jump IN also want to be sure you have some good resources for getting some fun, physical activity as well - indoors or out. 

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Pike High School:  Challenging Staff to Live Healthier Lives

Posted on January 11, 2019 at 1:27 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

5-2-1-0 is an easy-to-understand concept created by Let’s Go! Maine to help parents, children, educators, childcare providers, and others remember four important healthy living recommendations. The idea is to encourage kids and adults to incorporate these simple steps into their lives every day: 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity, and zero sugar-sweetened beverages.  With the help of a CDC-backed study, Maine proved that consistent exposure to the simple 5-2-1-0 message not only increased awareness of the specific daily recommendations but also improved families’ performance on at least two of the four daily goals. Along with health advocates across the country, Jump IN for Healthy Kids has incorporated the 5-2-1-0 message into our ongoing public awareness efforts and aids in incorporating the message into existing programs such as youth serving organizations and schools.

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Jump IN's 2018: High Impact

Posted on January 4, 2019 at 12:11 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

When Jump IN was stood up as an organization in 2014, it was given the task of reducing childhood overweight and obesity in central Indiana from 43% to 38% over ten years, by 2025. If nothing is done to address this growing public health crisis, research tells us that by 2025, the rate will grow to 53% - that's more than every other kid. How do we do it? By creating healthy places, healthy neighborhoods and healthy communities where kids and families can make healthy choices easily and affordably.  We integrate proven best practices into schools, child cares, and workplaces. We address healthy food access, the built environments, clinician engagement, and policies that influence access to healthy choices. We collect data to rigorously document our impact.  And we take the 5-2-1-0 concept into youth-serving organizations to include in their programming and share the message with the public. The process of moving that 43% in a sustainable, meaningful way takes a long time. Integrating best practices is our focus and we have a lot to share. 

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New Year's Resolution Made Easy:  5-2-1-0

Posted on December 28, 2018 at 11:26 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

It's that time of year when we make our resolutions for the new year:  save more money, volunteer more, practice gratitude, and everyone's perennial favorite: get healthier. This year, make the commitment to to adopt 5-2-1-0 into your days. It's simple, it's easy to remember, and your whole family can get on board. 

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Curbing Overeating this Holiday

Posted on December 21, 2018 at 11:09 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

It's possible to celebrate Christmas, New Year's Eve, 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 holiday celebrations. 

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The Social Determinants of Health

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 1:32 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

What are the social determinants of health?

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Screen Time V. Lean Time

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 12:59 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

When we introduce people to the 5-2-1-0 concept, a refrain we often hear is, "Oh, wow, only two hours of screen time?  That sounds really hard."  Of the four steps in the simple 5-2-1-0 formula to practice four habits every day, screen time tends to jump out at people as the toughest to manage everyday.   

We get it.  Sometimes it feels as if screens have taken over our lives.  We use them to communicate, to play, to entertain, and to watch while we relax and unwind.  And that time can really add up.  Parents ask us, "does 'screen time' include TV time?"  It does.  Screen time means time on a laptop, in front of a TV, on a tablet or on the smartphone.  From the CDC website: "According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 now spend, on average, a whopping 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment each day, 4.5 of which are spent watching TV. Over a year, that adds up to 114 full days watching a screen for fun. That’s just the time they spend in front of a screen for entertainment. It doesn’t include the time they spend on the computer at school for educational purposes or at home for homework."   The big problem?  Screen time is often time away from playing, running, hiking, and getting other forms of physical activity.  But there are steps you can take as a family to ensure that screens don't rule your household and tools you can use to ensure you get plenty of physical activity, no matter the weather or time of year.  

  • Winter can make it hard to get enough physical activity time outdoors - it's cold, it gets dark early, and sometimes it's just too icy to be safe.  One tool that can help schools and families get physical activity indoors is GoNoodle.  There is a fee for schools to subscribe to it, but the app for families to use is free.  You can find fun, silly, high impact, and even educational activities and "brain break" exercises and dances that are fun for all ages.  
  • Sometimes you just need some suggestions about what to do.  Go here for a monthly activity calendar to give you a fun physical activity recommendation every day of the year.
  • Of course, with screens, time can get away from you.  One way to ensure 30 minutes of screen time doesn't turn into 60:  set a timer.  When the timer goes off, walk around the neighborhood or do a couple of GoNoodle videos.
  • Limit screen time to certain times of day and incorporate those into your family's schedule so that your screen time is deliberate and not a runaway activity that can fill up too much time unintentionally.  
  • Finally, ban screens during meals.  Not only do screens interfere with conversation and the important social aspects of sharing meals, screens can distract you from paying attention to your body.  If you're distracted, it's harder to pay attention to when you're full, and you can risk overeating.  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has more information, including tips to stay on track.  

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Jump IN and the Indianapolis Colts "Jump Right UP" for Healthy Schools

Posted on November 30, 2018 at 10:53 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Thanks to the Indianapolis Colts, Jump IN for Healthy kids works with school districts in central Indiana to integrate school wellness policies that create healthier environments for children. The new two-year program, Jump Right UP, has just launched in four districts: MSD Pike, MSD Warren, IPS,, and MSD Lawrence. And we're getting noticed for it already.  Read the IndyStar's Season of Sharing piece that just came out yesterday.  

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Big News: Healthy Corner Stores in Greater Lawrence and the Far Eastside

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 10:58 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Regular readers of Jump IN's blog may remember a previous blog post highlighting our work in the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge, a two-year, national competition among cities and counties to create the healthiest community.  Our project focused on improving healthy environments to reduce childhood obesity in Greater Lawrence and the Far Eastside.  Our work has included interventions in schools, child cares, and in helping increase access to healthy food.  An important part of our food access work is a program we launched with support from the Glick Fund, the Healthy Corner Stores Initiative.  We have an update on that work that we're excited to share with you.  

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Make Your Thanksgiving An Active One

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 11:43 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

While you and your family may be starting to plan for your Thanksgiving meal next week, keep in mind that Thanksgiving weekend is also an excellent time to incorporate vigorous, outdoor activity into your weekend. In fact, Thanksgiving weekend boasts more run/walk "turkey trot" races thank any other day of the year, and many of them encourage families to participate together.  Many of these races are also fundraisers to support local charitable organizations.  

The Drumstick Dash
9:00 a.m. – 4.6 Mile and 2.75 Mile Start
10:15 a.m. – Lil’ Gobbler’s Run
Race begins on Broad Ripple Ave. in front of Broad Ripple High School.
1055 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220
P
roceeds support Wheeler Mission.

Turkey Trot 5K
The Turkey Trot winds through the beautiful grounds of Crown Hill CemeteryThere’s a good chance you’ll see a herd of deer as you enjoy the rolling hills and a trip to the top of the Crown. All registration takes place on the morning of the event beginning at 7:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation. 

  • 7:30 a.m. – Turkey Trot Registration
  • 8:30 a.m. – 5K Run Start
  • 8:40 a.m. – 5K Walk Start

Gobble Gallop 5K

NOVEMBER 22, 2018 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
WHEREHendricks Regional Health YMCA,  301 Satori Pkwy,  Avon, IN 46123
5k run   race   Thanksgiving
Join the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA for our 7th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K on November 22, 2018, part of the   Inspire Indy 5K series . The Gobble Gallop 5K is the largest annual fundraising event in support of the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which ensures that everyone can experience the benefits of Y membership, including health, fitness and education. 
 
Where:  Carmel,
Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m. packet pickup and registration; race at 9:00 a.m.
The 7th annual Bolt for the Heart features a USA Track and Field Certified course that starts at the Palladium Center Green and winds through downtown Main Street and a section of the Monon Trail.  
Proceeds provide AEDs to Indiana State Trooper Patrol Cars. 

For a complete list of central Indiana races, you can find one here near you.  

If a run/walk race isn't going to be your thing this Thanksgiving weekend, you may still want to support charities that help our food insecure neighbors.  Some of Jump IN's partners are Gleaners, Second Helpings, the Community Cupboard of Lawrence, the Sharing Place, and the pantry at Carriage House East.  Visit the Hunger in Your Community page on Gleaners website to learn about pantries near you and how you can support them.  As always, be sure to support them with healthy options. We've added a link to a list of healthy donations that pantries need.  

In addition to the run/walk races, there are lots of outdoor family activities that can get you moving this week in central Indiana:  Christmas at the Zoo, Winterlights, the Circle of Lights, and many more.  

From your friends at a Jump IN, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! 

 

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