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Start a Walking School Bus

Walking School BusThe Walking School Bus Challenge is a punch card that rewards students when they walk or bike to school. The students get their cards punched on weekly Walk and Roll to School Days. In addition, volunteers also punch cards on random, unannounced days. Every time a student accumulates 5 points, their name is entered into a drawing to win valuable prizes. Download the 25 page PDF with everything you need to get started.

ACE Youth Fitness Curriculum

The American Council on Exercise is offering their ACE Youth Fitness Curriculum (normally $99.95) free to health and fitness educators. The course is designed to teach the extreme dangers of being overweight and the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Click here to find out more.

The HealthierUS School Challenge

Obesity is a growing concern for school children in the United States. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) believes that schools should be taking a leadership role in helping students learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices. Many schools have already made changes to their school nutrition environments, improved the quality of the foods served, and now provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) wants to encourage schools to achieve such results, and has established the HealthierUS School Challenge to encourage schools to go further and to recognize those who chose to do so. Click here to get involved.

How Walkable is Your Community?

Everyone benefits from walking. These benefits include: improved fitness, cleaner air, reduced risks of certain health problems, and a greater sense of community. But walking needs to be safe and easy. Print out this checklist and take a walk with your child to decide if your neighborhood is a friendly place to walk. Take heart if you find problems, there are ways you can make things better!

Arizona Nutrition Standards

Arizona Nutrition StandardsArizona Revised Statue 15-242 mandates that all kindergarten through 8th grade schools follow the Arizona Nutrition Standards. These standards are designed to support parents and teachers in their efforts to promote healthy eating behaviors in children. Download this brochure to educate yourself on the specifics of this program.

Take the President’s Fitness Challenge!

It only takes a small change. Instead of telling yourself you can’t, tell yourself you can. The President’s Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity and fitness level, the President’s Challenge can help motivate you to improve.