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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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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Keeping kids active and more quarantine resources

With schools being delayed, we’re sharing more tools to keep kids active Many central Indiana families are finding that their school districts are delaying the start of the school year out of concern for safety. Other districts are switching their teaching to online only. Families that had hoped for the beginning of the school year…

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Healthy families in the new normal

What are we all doing? When we first started shifting the subject of our weekly blog posts to adjusting to the shelter-in-place and quarantine during the coronavirus outbreak, it was hard to predict how long our lives would be upended. It appears this new normal is here to stay, to some degree, for quite a…

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