Learning Gardens at School and Big Green at Home

This week we are thrilled to welcome our guest blogger, Laura Henderson of Big Green. Big Green is a partner of Jump IN’s and does wonderful work creating learning gardens and gardening education and resources with schools. Laura shares information about Big Green as well as loads of resources and activities you can do and…

Students harvest the fruits of their labor at their school

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Grocery List for Busy Families

Planning for healthy meals and snacks—and then doing the shopping—can feel like a lot of work, especially when you’re still transitioning to healthy habits. We’ve made it easier with a simple shopping list, money-saving tips, snack plan, and meal ideas you can customize to your family size and preferences. Shopping List EggsLow-fat milkLow-fat part skim…

a selection of healthy snack foods including pretzels, cheese cubes and apples

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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

As designated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), September is National Childhood Obesity Month.  Nationally, roughly one in five children suffers from obesity.  In central Indiana, those numbers are worse. Jump IN for Healthy Kids is focused on changing those numbers and helping children and families lead healthier lives.   Why is this such a problem? The causes of…

Girls hula hooping outdoors

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Part 2: School Wellness When Home is School

How to use school wellness best practices to make your e-learning experience a healthy one Last week we shared about our school wellness work, which Jump IN has implemented in 49 schools over the last two school-years, impacted tens out thousands of central Indiana kids. This week we’re going to look at taking the lessons…

Girl drinking water

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Wellness in Schools, part 1: what that looks like at school

What is school wellness exactly? All school districts that receive federal funding for free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs are required to have a wellness policy. These policies primarily focus on two areas: healthy food best practices and physical activity best practices. Individual school buildings often have their own wellness policies as well, catered…

Students from Phalen 103 jump around after a gardening lesson from Big Green

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