Creating Fit Families

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How many times have you heard that regular physical activity does a body (and mind) good? Well that is true for parents and children alike! As parents – not only is it important for us to lead a healthy and fit life so we set up the right foundation for our children to lead fit and healthy lives themselves-- but it can also help us manage stress. And what parent doesn’t have stress? Join Stephanie Hoaglund – K12’s online community program manager and blogger of http://www.livefitandsore.com as she discusses the importance of making a commitment to lead a healthy and fit life, strategies to incorporate fitness activities into your family’s daily life, and resources to support and inspire you along the way.

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Creating Fit Families

  1. 1. If you haven’t already, please sign out and then back in with school or state abbreviation and your name. <br />ie. MAVA/Lori .<br /> Thanks!<br />Speaker Series Sessions are for Learning Coaches and Parents only.<br />Creating Fit Families<br />Wednesday, September 29, 20104pm Eastern, 3pm Central2pm Mountain, 1pm Pacific/AZ(There will be no sound until 5 minutes before the start of the session.)<br />
  2. 2. Creating Fit Families<br />How many times have you heard that regular physical activity does a body (and mind) good? Well that is true for parents and children alike!  As parents – not only is it important for us to lead a healthy and fit life so we set up the right foundation for our children to lead fit and healthy lives themselves-- but it can also help us manage stress. And what parent doesn’t have stress? Join Stephanie Hoaglund – K12’s online community program manager and blogger of http://www.livefitandsore.com and IDVA Learning Coach, Heidi Higgins, as they discuss the importance of making a commitment to lead a healthy and fit life, strategies to incorporate fitness activities into your family’s daily life, and resources to support and inspire you along the way. <br />
  3. 3. Today’s Presenter<br />Stephanie Hoaglund<br />Program Manager, <br />Online Communities<br />Virginia<br />Heidi Higgins<br />Local Development Manager<br />Idaho<br />
  4. 4. Getting Started!<br /><ul><li>Heidi Higgins
  5. 5. Wife and Mother of 6
  6. 6. Grandmother of 6 (2 more due shortly!)
  7. 7. Used K12 with her own children for 8 years
  8. 8. Parent of a K12 graduate
  9. 9. K12 Local Development Manager for IDVA
  10. 10. IDVA Administrative Team</li></li></ul><li>If health is not a concern now, it will be!<br />We want another 30 years, and I am learning to take the steps to make it happen. Just Do IT!<br />My wake up call…<br />
  11. 11. Who Am I? <br />Stephanie Hoaglund<br />Wife and Mom of 2 <br />Hannah, 8 <br />Nate, 6<br />Online Community & Social Media Program Manager, K12<br />Social Media Enthusiast <br />Blogger<br />www.livefitandsore.com<br />K12thinktanK: www.k12.com/blog<br />
  12. 12. Who Am I?<br />My Family’s Cancer Journey<br />Passionate about living Healthy & Fit<br />I am not a doctor licensed trainer, or nutritionist<br /><ul><li>10 races completed
  13. 13. July 2008 - started my journey
  14. 14. Have lost 25lbs</li></li></ul><li>What makes me different?<br />Nothing!! I made a commitment to make a change. <br />I’m an average person. I do not have a personal chef. I am not famous. I have the same <br />pressures many others have – two young kids, a husband, a full time job. And to top it all <br />off, have had a major health issue to cope with and no family nearby to offer help.<br />
  15. 15. Creating Fit Families<br />Who am I? <br />Why is this important?<br />Nutrition<br />First things first: Taking care of you<br />Getting the family in on the act<br /> Family activities<br /> Resources <br />
  16. 16. Why is this Important?<br />Rising rates of childhood obesity<br />Obesity rates continue to rise among children age 10 to 17<br />
  17. 17. Why Is This Important?<br />Only 1/3 of all Americans meet the government's minimum guidelines for physical activity - 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity activity. <br />Guidelines<br />Adult Guidelines: Adults should do a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week by doing activities like brisk walking, ballroom dancing, or general gardening<br />Children and adolescents aged 6–17 years should accumulate 1 hour or more of physical activity daily. The 1 hour of activity should be mostly aerobic but should also include muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activities. <br />
  18. 18. Nutrition <br />Truth: Exercise alone isn’t going to cut it. We have to make the conscious effort to make healthier choices overall, including what we eat.<br />Both Time Magazine and the New York Times have recently written about the relationship between diet and exercise. The realization that “Without significantly changing their diets, few succeed [with their weight loss efforts]”<br />Suggested Reading: <br />7 Words & 7 Rules for Eating<br />Weighing the Evidence on Exercise – NYTimes.com<br />Healthy Grocery List: Food Swaps for Your Pantry<br />10 nutrition powerhouses for kids – CNN.com<br />It’s Not About Nutrition – Home – Slackers Rule.<br />
  19. 19. Resources <br />Health Related news sites <br />Use A Feed Reader<br />AOL, CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS, New York Times<br />Health & fitness Focus<br /> Livestrong.com<br />Sparkpeople.com<br />Thatsfit.com <br />Find Events & Activities<br />Active.com<br />National Park Service Find a Park <br />Local News/Websites <br />Blogs<br />www.livefitandsore.com<br />Find one! <br />
  20. 20. Taking Care of You<br />The “I hardly have a second to myself” reason why its important<br />You need it!<br />Leading by example <br />Health benefits <br />Finding the right fitness program <br />Identify the type of activity you enjoy<br />Realistic assessment of time commitment you can or are willing to make<br />Your current fitness and activity level<br />Create goals to help measure progress <br />Reward yourself <br />
  21. 21. Getting the Family in on the Act <br />Focus on encouraging and inspiring our future generations to<br />understand and incorporate healthier lifestyle behaviors.<br />Take a Family Approach <br />15 min daily ‘break’ with an interactive exercise to let off steam<br />Listening to music? Get up and dance.<br />Get outside and explore<br />Incorporate physical fitness as a part of learning <br />Play some classic kids' games (think Red Rover or Foursquare). <br />Register for ‘fun runs’ or races and train as a family<br />Schedule family walks, hikes, or tours regularly<br />Be an example – ‘Be the change you wish to see’ - Ghandi<br />Acknowledge and reward healthier habits<br />
  22. 22. Getting the Family in on the Act <br />Family Activity Ideas<br />REI Family Adventures <br />Fit Generation<br />Family Fitness Challenge <br />Other Parents and Neighbors<br />National Park Service Find a Park <br />Local News Sources<br />Local or National Fitness centers<br />Local Recreation Centers<br />
  23. 23. Getting the Family in on the Act <br />Equipment Ideas: <br />Jump rope (weighted or standard)<br />medium-sized rubber ball: four square, kickball, dodgeball<br />tennis ball: tennis, catch (people or with a dog), batting practice<br />softball: softball, catch<br />Frisbee™: various games including Ultimate Frisbee™; catch<br />bat<br />football: various forms of football; catch<br />body ball: a wide variety of exercises<br />small trampoline: a wide variety of exercises<br />bicycle<br />basketball hoop (outdoor or indoor)<br />Spree Disc for balance <br />Repurpose/recycle everyday household items to turn them into free kids' fitness equipment<br />
  24. 24. Move More<br />Move between lessons<br />Move with other students<br />Move as an example<br />Encourage Activities<br />
  25. 25. Booster Bustle!<br />Gym Days<br />Dance Lessons<br />Swim Team<br />Track and Field<br />Park Days<br />Bowling Teams<br />Team Sports<br />Fitness for Life (hiking, swimming, biking)<br />
  26. 26. Getting the Family in on the Act<br />Resources<br /> President’s Physical Fitness Challenge<br />www.presidentschallenge.org<br /> www.fitness.gov<br />The Alliance for a Healthier Generation<br />www.healthiergeneration.org<br />Let’s Move<br />www.letsmove.gov<br />
  27. 27. Questions???<br />
  28. 28. Coming Soon!<br />9/30 (Thursday) <br />EEK – There’s a Toddler in the House!  <br />Home Educating with Toddlers in Tow<br /> 4pm Eastern, 3pm Central, <br /> 2pm Mtn, 1pm Pacific/AZ<br />So what does one do with a toddler, that precious bundle of blessing that adds the excitement, enthusiasm, laughter, and not to mention so much distraction to the home education day?  Join Barbara Lynch, K12 Virtual Academy Mom to a Registered Nurse, a USMC Corporal, a College Student, 6 CAVA students, and two tornados, for some ideas on incorporating the littlest ones into your family learning environment. (And yes, that does total 11!)<br />http://tinyurl.com/eektoddler<br />9/30 (Thursday)<br />Getting to Know <br />the Parent Lounge Community<br /> 8pmEastern, 7pm Central, <br />6pm Mtn, 5 Pacific/AZ<br />To help set your family up for a successful school year,  K12 has created the Parents' Lounge.  The Parent Lounge community is found within thebigthink12, and was created exclusively for parents and Learning Coaches to easily connect with other Learning Coaches and get  support. Because there are many tools and resources available within the this new community, it's important to take some time to explore all the features.  Join Stephanie Hoaglund, the online community program manager, for a walk-thru of the Parents' Lounge with a Q&A session afterwards. <br /> http://tinyurl.com/parentloungecommunity<br />

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