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Fitness! Field Trip! Fun! Sky Zone & CFF

For those of you that have been waiting to hear about our field trip to Sky Zone, it was almost too much fun! I want to sincerely thank Sky Zone, for letting us enjoy a day of fitness and fun with the Children’s Fitness Foundation kids. It has been about 5 weeks since our Summer CFF program started with the Boys & Girls Club. We wanted to reward the kids for working so hard with us this summer, with a field trip to Sky Zone. If you have not been to Sky Zone it is a fantastic place to have a lot of fun, at a low cost! It is also a way to get your kids to exercise without them knowing.

Watch this short video to see what I mean.

CFF Trainer, Brooke, and I took the kids from the Boys & Girls Club and had a blast. I think we were all brought back to our childhood that day. We did flips, jumps and played games with the kids on enormous trampolines and inside ball pits. We couldn’t keep ourselves from acting like kids again. I was also reminded of how fear and awareness sets in as you get older. Things that I used to do as a kid, were a bit hesitant at my young, old age☺ I think as adults and parents we need to practice being like kids more often. We definitely need to do our best to keep our fitness up to par, so that we can enjoy good times with our kids as they grow. For me my fitness isn’t so bad, but back hand springs and back flips were out of the question. However; I did do a few kart wheels and front hand springs, so I didn’t loose all my game. The problem is I don’t want to loose any game. So I left being more motivated to keep on getting fit, and I decided that a trip to Sky Zone with CFF, more often, might not be such a bad idea.  In fact it’s a GREAT idea!

The kids had so much fun jumping, flipping and playing dodge ball. It was a nice way to reward them for all their hard work with CFF. Funny enough they didn’t even realize that they were still using their muscles and keeping their heart rate up, but all while having fun. So the lesson is that fitness can be fun and you can create fun family activities that will secretly keep your kids in shape. Here are some of the pictures of us having a blast at Sky Zone.

Nikki Steven

Nikki Steven, Founder of Method Motivation, Founder of Mealology, Founder and Program Developer of the Children's Fitness Foundation

To find a Sky Zone near you visit their site! Go check them out for yourself. Have a blast!

To see what we’ve been up to lately, please check out our website; www.childrensfitnessfoundation.org, follow us on twitter @ChildFitFound, and be our friend on Facebook the Children’s Fitness Foundation.

Disclosure: CFF was given free admission to Sky Zone in Las Vegas to give this review. Our opinion was not swayed by the free admission. Our honest opinion is ALWAYS given.

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Colorful Butterfly Pepper Snacks

This month I thought I’d share a recipe with you to show you that eating healthy can be fun and nutritious!

This snack is to encourage kids to eat a protein and vegetable with every meal. Each snack provides one serving of protein and one serving of vegetables.


Colorful Butterfly Pepper Snacks


Ingredients:

1 green pepper

1 yellow pepper

1 orange pepper

1 red pepper

1 cucumber sliced (skin on)

cherry tomatoes

chives

1 tablespoon fat free ranch dressing

1/2 cup Fage 0% plain nonfat Greek style yogurt

Mealology Recipe: Wash & cut each pepper into 12 pieces. Mix yogurt and Ranch in a ziplock bag. Cut tip of bag to pipe dip onto plate.

Provide each person with one serving, which includes:

various colored peppers, chives, tomatoes, cucumber and a ziploc bag with the dip.

Try to make colorful butterflies out of the peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes, using the chives as the antennas.

The girl above is one of my favorite students smiling with her healthy snack. This snack is used in my Children’s Fitness Foundation “Move with Us” program.   Now you can also enjoy preparing and eating this fun, healthy and nutritious snack with your child. Enjoy!

Nikki Steven

Nikki Steven, mother of 3, Founder of Method Motivation, Founder of Mealology, Founder and Program Developer of the Children's Fitness Foundation

Join Nikki at Vegas’ premier wellness and personal training studio Method Motivation!

If your child’s school needs help getting kids healthy contact Children’s Fitness Foundation.

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My Secret, shhhhhh don’t tell anyone…

As parents, we all want our kids to be healthy and happy. One way to insure both is to make sure our kids eat well and get good exercise.  So, what do we do if we don’t have time to sneak cooked squash into homemade brownies or carpool the kids to after school sports activities five days a week?

My secret is inexpensive and it works… I give my kids whole food nutrition in the form of fruits and vegetables in a chewable. And my kids think they are treats! And they are free!

How do I do it? I buy Juice Plus for myself, because even though I eat well, I definitely don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables in a day. And I get Juice Plus for free for three years for each child with an adult purchase. The Children’s Health Study allows us to track our children’s health via a voluntary survey to determine whether (and how) the child’s health habits have changed as a result of taking Juice Plus.  So, I can see the changes in my own children and then I can see the effects of Juice Plus on children all over the world. I recommend Juice Plus to all of my clients and friends, because I know that Juice Plus is one of the most researched supplement companies, has top doctors that recommend it and my favorite thing is…you get RESULTS!

Here is what one of my friends said: “My kids eat more fruits and vegetables willingly. In fact, they ask for fruits and vegetables as snacks – I don’t even have to cook them. The newest trend in my house is that the kids want raw veggies dipped in ranch dressing. They also tend to drink a lot more water – and when they ask for juice, they like it watered down much of the time. They rarely get sick and we go to the doctor so infrequently, that I often find it has been more than a year since the children have been for their physicals. They used to have ear infections and colds all the time, so this is definitely an improvement!” Shifra Ahlers – Busy working Mom

As for the exercise piece, I’m a personal trainer, and I am passionate about helping people get fit. How do I “train” my kids? I walk with them, run with them, chase them, and let them chase me. This keeps all of us active and gives us something to laugh about when we get time to play together.  I am so committed to this model for getting kids healthy, I started a non-profit called The Children’s Fitness Foundation (CFF). Through The Children’s Fitness Foundation, I help children and their parentsnationwide get good exercise and nutrition. All the kids enrolled in CFF get Juice Plus and two to four classes per week of training that involves fitness exercises and nutritional counseling – so they can take what they learn and apply it in their own families. With these small steps, we are helping kids be happy and healthy, helping them make good decisions, and changing lives.

Check out my website and get ideas about how to make positive changes for your family at www.childrensfitnessfoundation.org and www.methodmotivationjuiceplus.com

Nikki Steven

Nikki Steven, Founder of Method Motivation, Founder of Mealology, Founder and Program Developer of the Children's Fitness Foundation

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What’s A Healthy Child’s BMI?

What Is A Healthy BMI?

A child’s BMI percentile shows how his or her BMI compares with other boys or girls of the same age.  For children and teens, overweight is defined differently than it is for adults. Since boys and girls develop at different rates, and they are constantly growing, how their BMI is measured must be different from adults.   Therefore, the body mass index (BMI) for children 2 to 20 years old is determined by using a BMI table that compares their weight and height along with growth charts. The growth charts use a child’s BMI, age, and gender to produce a BMI percentile.

You want your child’s BMI to be between the 5th and less then the 85th percentile.

If your child’s BMI is in the 5th percentile this means that 95% of the population has a higher BMI
than your child. Staying with in the Healthy Weight Category keeps your child at a
healthy range. Please visit the CDC.gov  website to learn more about BMI for children and
teens.

*This has been added to this post after the initial publication from the CDC site to further explain BMI:


“BMI is used as a screening tool to identify
possible weight problems for children. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend the use of BMI to screen for overweight and obesity in children beginning at 2 years old.

For children, BMI is used to screen for obesity, overweight, healthy weight, or underweight. However, BMI is not a diagnostic tool. For example, a child may have a high BMI for age and sex, but to determine if excess fat is a problem, a health care provider would need to perform further assessments. These assessments might include skinfold thickness measurements, evaluations of diet, physical activity, family history, and other appropriate health screenings.”

Please click on the charts below to see your child’s BMI.

body mass index girls

body mass index boys


FYI, there is a great website that allows you to calculate your child’s BMI!  It’s called www.nourishinteractive. They have two versions.  One version for parents where it’ll give you the straight facts about your child’s BMI percentage.   And, they have a kid friendly version so your child can see where they are.  Instead of a percentage, children receive positive messages about improving their exercise and nutrition habits!

Download our  FREE Daily Method Of Success Log to help your child track his/her fun fitness activities!  This will help them see how much they are really moving!  You can use incentives, and positive reinforcements to make it more fun!

Nikki Steven

Nikki Steven, Founder of Method Motivation, Founder of Mealology, Founder and Program Developer of the Children's Fitness Foundation


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