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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Rah Rah Rah Radish Food Day

Posted on November 9, 2018 at 11:43 AM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Jump IN works closely with many schools to help teach good nutrition skills early in life. Research shows that instilling healthy and appropriate eating habits in children impacts their health as adults, so schools are ideal sites for food education. . In addition, balanced and healthy school meals improve student performance and behavior. Introducing kids to new fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can put them on track to become good eaters.  We're excited to tell you about some of the great work coming out of MSD Warren and its commitment to improving its nutrition and physical activity policies. 

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Community Engagement: Expand Employee Wellness into Your Community

Posted on November 2, 2018 at 1:42 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

When you make workplace wellness a priority, you take steps to increase physical activity during the workday, support healthy eating choices, and promote healthy habits that employees can share with their families.  Another important piece of employee wellness extends beyond the company's walls:  community engagement. 

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Healthy Halloween Celebrations

Posted on October 26, 2018 at 12:15 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Halloween may come just once a year, but there are many ways emphasize the fun without overdoing it on candy and sweet treats. 

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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Healthy Workplaces: Get Active at the Office (or Anywhere) with these 10 Easy Exercises

Posted on October 19, 2018 at 1:02 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Sitting for long periods of time is hard on the body and mind. Research suggests that even short bursts of exercise are beneficial—and every bit helps add up to the 60 minutes of physical activity needed daily.

Healthy workplaces promote the “Sit for 60, Move for 3” rule, getting 3 minutes of physical activity for every 60 minutes of inactivity, especially if you sit for long stretches of time at work.  Setting an alert on your phone or wrist monitor to remind you to get up regularly for stretching or a brisk walk is a good way to be sure you don't go too long without a break. 


Walking is an easy way to get active. Walk or march in place while you’re on the telephone. Walk to a co-worker’s desk instead of calling or emailing. Lap the building when you go to the restroom, before or after lunch and before leaving for the day. Walk to and from lunch; if you usually bring your lunch, go for a walk before and/or after eating.  If you keep a water bottle on your desk, only fill it halfway so that you finish it more quickly and can double the number of times you get up to walk to the water dispenser. 

Ready to do more than walk? Here are 10 easy exercises you can do at your desk or almost anywhere:

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Fall Means Gorgeous Central IN Trails and Greenways

Posted on October 6, 2018 at 1:20 PM by Jump IN for Healthy Kids

Parks, trails, and greenway systems are part of the built environment of communities.  Built environments that encourage walking, biking, and hiking have multiple health benefits - they offer opportunities for physical activity, recreational time, and can boost mental health as well. Cooler temperatures and changing leaves mean central Indiana's trails and greenways are at their best and now is the perfect time to take advantage of them. 

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