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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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Fit Meals By Kids- Strawberry Banana Spread


Have you ever wanted to make something and you reach into the fridge, and it just isn’t there?!?! When that happens I usually feel a little bit like a failure of a mom.  I’m supposed to be the one supplying the food for our family, yet I forgot something, it’s missing.  :(  Well this week it inevitably happened again.  I say inevitably because I’m not perfect and I will never have it all together.  Thankfully I have a family who loves me and is FULL of GRACE.

This time…my husband was home with the kiddos and my daughter wanted her favorite lunchtime meal, PB&J.  He opened the fridge and there was no jelly!  For the last 2 years I’ve been making my own jam. I usually have a stash piled up in the pantry of peach jam, strawberry preserves, apricot jam, apple jelly, plum jam, and my favorite pluot jam that I make during the yummy fruit seasons!  But we ran out of our supply from last spring/summer about a month ago.  I vowed that I wouldn’t buy any from the store.  Thankfully, right on time, a friend bought us over a jar of her homemade peach and mango jam as a thank you gift for inviting her over for the special Royal Tea Party.  I was saved, and it bought me a little more time to make my own.  Well, I still haven’t made any jam or jelly, and that jar is gone!

Victoria, who is my little 5 year old sous chef, was told by my hubby that we were all out of jelly, which usually would have ended with a sigh and a long drawn our “awwwwwwww”.  This time though her little wheels in her brain turned inside as she told him “Silly Daddy, we’ll make some jelly!”

Byron, who loves to practice using his camera making short videos, made this cute video of Victoria making her own Strawberry Banana (and apricot, she says peach in the video) Sandwich Spread.  This is 100% Victoria without coaching from Byron.  She’s definitely a little creative chef in training.  By the way, please ignore the messy kitchen… :) And, yes the bananas were on their last leg.  Glad my little chef still thought she could use them.  I was going to make banana bread out of them today.  I guess I’ll make a bunch of jelly from the strawberries in season today instead!

I hope your kids enjoy this episode of Fit Meals By Kids!

Annett Davis

Annett Davis, Olympian & Founder of Fit Moms Fit Kids

This post was shared at…
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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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Prevent Your Child From Becoming A Statistic


soccer teams

Obesity among children and adolescents has tripled over the last decade in the US. As I
mentioned  in my other articles the statistics are alarming. Listed below is another
reminder of the problem we are facing not just as parents, but as a nation.
The Presidents Council on Fitness is a nationally recognized guideline designed to help
you help your child adopt a healthy lifestyle that encourages regular exercise and
balanced healthy nutrition. Please read the guidelines and visit their website as another
resource for more knowledge so that you can help your child fight the statistics.

I also encourage you to look over the Suggested List of Sports and Activities and Daily Method
of Success log for kids
that I created for the Children’s Fitness Foundation.  I have attached the file here
and it can also be found on the resources page.  You can use it to track and encourage your child’s
exercise and nutrition habits. This will help you encourage your child and keep them on track.

Here are some national statistics as well as stats from my city in Nevada.

12% of students are classified obese nationally,
11% in Nevada – My city

29.2% of students consumed soda at least once per day nationally,
22% in Nevada – My city

86.2% of students do not eat vegetables 3+ times per day nationally,
90% in Nevada – My city

33% of students watch 3+ hours of television daily nationally,
35% in Nevada – My city

67% of students lack the 60 minutes of physical activity daily nationally,
86% in Nevada – My city

2009 US Department of Health and Human Services

What are the statistics in your city? Is your child a part of those statistics?
The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) mission is to engage,
educate and empower all Americans across their lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle
that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.

Key Guidelines for Children and Adolescents


• Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily.

•  Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either
moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, and should
include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.

• Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily
physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-
strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.

• Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical
activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening
physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.

It is important to encourage young people to participate in physical activities that are
appropriate for their age, that are enjoyable, and that offer variety.
Regular physical activity in children and adolescents promotes a healthy body weight
and body composition.

http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter3.aspx

If your child is already a “statistic” as stated above, know that it’s never to late to make changes in your family’s habits and lifestyle.  Mom you are there to lead the way.  With your guidance and encouragement YOU can make better choices for them at home, and teach them how to make better choices when they are at school.  We are here to help you and to encourage you on your way to becoming or staying Fit Moms with Fit Kids.  Come back often (or better yet subscribe) so that you won’t miss any of my tips to help you reach your family fitness goals.

Here’s your FREE copy of our suggested list of sports and activities and daily method of success log.  You can download it, and use it to track your child’s journey to wellness.  You can do it, together!


Nikki Steven

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

To find out more about Children’s Fitness Foundation click here.

To find out about Nikki’s private training studio Method Motivation click here.

Photo Credits:
soccer team- cdc.gov
hula hoop girl- healthandwelfare.idaho.gov
soccer boy- cdc.gov
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