June 6, 2013
GO Day - National Get Outdoors Day is June 8, 2013
June 8, 2013 - to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation, diverse partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Learn more at GO Day.
May 24, 2013
Nation's kids need to get more physical
The Institute of Medicine is recommending schools provide for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject. With childhood obesity on the rise — about 17 percent of children ages 2 through 19 are obese — and kids spending much of the day in the classroom, the committee said schools are the best place to help shape up the nation's children.
Read more at Houston Chronicle.
April 29, 2013
President's Challenge Gives Healthy Tips for Kids
Are you looking for more ideas on how to get your students active? Look no further than the President's Challenge Program. One tip for getting started is breaking down activities into 10 minute periods. From there, you can build up to 20 minutes, 30 minutes and beyond!
Read more at PresidentsChallenge.org.
April 12, 2013
Kids Take Healthy Habits to Heart
PreventObesity.net, a project by the American Heart Association, interviewed Texas Heart Institute instructional designer and developer, Melanie M. Lazarus, MPH, to learn more about Project Heart and Cool-E's mission to make kids healthier. Read all about how Project Heart started and how well it is doing today.
Read more at PreventObesity.net.
March 26, 2013
Why You Need to Participate in the Manzano Mile in 2014
Project Heart and the 7-Day Healthy Heart Challenge for Kids graced the pages of Austin Fit Magazine this week after participating in the Manzano Mile, a fun family event with Olympian Leo Manzano that encourages kids and adults alike to get up and run. There were mile races, relay races, awards, BBQ, and of course the amazing Kids Quarter where a six-year-old took the gold. It was a blast, and we look forward to 2014!
Read more at Austin Fit Magazine.
March 7, 2013
Cool Cat Teacher Blog Names Project Heart Among "Ideas That Rock"
We received our first teacher blog review this month from none other than Ms. Vicki Davis, AKA Cool Cat Teacher, who specializes in education through classroom technology. Her comments about Project Heart include "Love it." and "Health teachers will love this site for kids." We couldn't have asked for anything more and are grateful to Ms. Davis for spreading the word.
Read more at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog.
March 4, 2013
First Lady Announces Effort to Help Kids Exercise
As part of her latest efforts to get kids healthy, first lady Michelle Obama has announced a new public-private partnership to help schools use methods of instruction mixed with exercise. Mrs. Obama called on school staff, families and communities to help get 50,000 schools, about half the number of public schools in the U.S., involved in the new "Let's Move Active Schools" program over the next five years.
Read more at the Let's Move Schools website and Yahoo! News.
February 25, 2013
Way Beyond Weight: A Documentary
This documentary film takes a look at obesity as a pandemic, a problem that stretches from the United States to Brazil to Kuwait and beyond. The film seeks to answer the questions "Why are kids carrying this extra weight?" and "Who is responsible for raising a healthy child?" by interviewing families, kids, and specialists from all over the world.
Watch the film on Top Documentary Films.
February 6, 2013
Heart Healthy Advice from Cardiologist Moms
Three moms, who also happen to be cardiologists, say the best ways to keep kids heart-healthy is to find reasons to move, skip the kids' meals, and buy farm-fresh produce.
Learn more about these three ways to stay healthy at DailySpark.
Updated May 2013