Energy Balance 101: Enrichment Zone
FREE resources bring energy balance to clubs, camps, meetings and more. Fun and flexible, Enrichment Zone helps kids develop an active, healthy lifestyle.
Learn more about the program at: http://www.togethercounts.com/at-home/enrichment-zone .
Healthy Snacks and Lunchbox Challenge
The Challenge is a fun and exciting way to help summer day camp providers improve the types of foods and beverages children bring for snacks and lunch. The Challenge focuses on encouraging children and their parents to pack daily Fruits and Vegetables for snacks and lunch and Water to drink – consistent with the National Afterschool Associations Healthy Eating Standards. The Challenge offers points to groups of children, either based on grade level or staffer-to-child ratio, for bringing a Fruit, Vegetable, or Water to the camp. Points are tallied each Monday through Thursday, with the winner announced on Friday. Groups with the most points receive an award designated by the summer camp. Examples of awards are: the Golden Lunchbox (lunch pail painted gold), extra swim time, holding the spirit stick, and t-shirts.
Please send success stories and questions to [email protected].
Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!®
Media-Smart Youth is an interactive program that helps young people ages 11 to 13 better understand the complex media world around them and how it can influence their health. Developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the free Media-Smart Youth curriculum includes 10 lessons that combine media literacy and youth development principles with federal recommendations about nutrition and physical activity. Local parks and recreation agencies may be interested in implementing Media-Smart Youth to supplement existing out-of-school programming or in partnership with local schools or youth-serving organizations. The NIH offers free program materials and technical assistance to help sites successfully implement the program. Learn more about the program at: www.nichd.nih.gov/msy.
Please send questions and success stories to [email protected], or call 1-800-370-2943.
Reducing Screen Time