Presented by Fred Toenges Shoes

About the Program:
Fred Toenges Shoes and IPFW Athletics are teaming up to encourage parents and kids of all ages to stay active, get fit, and incorporate healthy choices into their everyday lives. During the 2011-2012 school year, IPFW athletes will be stopping in to chat with 3rd grade students at participating Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Among the topics they will discuss with the students:
• staying active and fit
• eating a well-balanced diet
• getting proper sleep
• setting and reaching goals
• maintaining good sportsmanship

Additionally, students will be provided with a fitness goals checklist to take home to parents to help them keep track of their activities.

Get Fit!
Exercises and Activities for Students

Boy Activity Ideas
Girl Activity Ideas
Eat Smart. Play Hard.

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Stay Active and Be Fit (Guide)
Ten Ideas to Stay Active (Article)
Eight Ways to Eat Healthy (Article)
Ten Tips to a Great Plate (Chart)

Helpful Tips from Fred Toenges Shoes


Knowing what needs to be changed is the first ste in setting a health goal for your kids. Perhaps it’s too much time in front of the television or playing video games.  Maybe it’s eating too much fat or sweets. 
Plan out a different exercise or exercise game to do each day for least 30 minutes, also make sure you are keeping exercise fun so they do not get bored with the routine.
Teach your kids about a healthy diet and ask them to keep track of the foods they eat each day.  Make this a game.  If they eat the proper amount of fruits and vegetables in a day, reward them in some way. 
Come up with a set amount of times per week that your kids can eat junk food.  Junk food should include, fast food, sweets, and greasy food.  By limiting the junk food this will help quell their desire for such foods.
Create your own health goals and use them to help your children achieve their goals.  Exercise with them and have your diet goals coincide with theirs.


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Apart from making them physically strong and immune to diseases, exercise also make your child mentally healthy. A kid who exercises regularly is more likely to have higher test scores, have more self-confidence, and likely to be more sociable than one who doesn’t exercise. Kids are impatient by nature.  This is why kids shouldn’t be made to exercise for more than half-an-hour per day, unless they want to. If they exercise for too long, they are likely to become either bored or frustrated with their exercise routine.
With a variety of exercise activities for kids to be done throughout the week, you can be assured that your kids will never become bored of exercises. 
Here are a few examples of ways to make exercise fun:

Step To It: Take three trips up and down the stairs with your child, or do 20 step-ups on one step.
Kangaroo Jump: Tape a shoelace to the floor in a straight line. Have your child stand on one side of the string with both feet together. Count to three, and cheer as he or she jumps over the string and back 10 times.
Take a short break—and do it again!
Crab Crawl: Sit with your feet flat on the floor, knees bent. Lean back and place your hands flat on the floor behind you. Lift your seat off the floor, putting your weight on your hands and feet.
Now, crab crawl around the room with your kids!
Can Do: Go to the kitchen and find two of the heaviest cans your child can hold. Have he or she stand with their feet flat on the floor with the cans in their hands and arms at their side. Show them how to lift the cans up to their chest, bending their arms at the elbows. Have them hold for two seconds, and then slowly lower their arms. Repeat 10 times.
Reach for the Sky: Grab a small textbook and hold it by the spine. Make an “L” with your arm—with your upper arm at shoulder level and your forearm pointing toward the ceiling. Now extend your arm straight over your shoulder, pushing the book toward the sky.
Return to the bent-arm position. Repeat 10 times, and then switch arms.
Get On Down: Start with two bottles of laundry detergent (or any large bottle with a handle). Have your child stand with their feet flat on the floor, shoulder width apart. Place the bottles on each side of their feet. Watch as they bend theirknees, grab the bottles and stands up. Repeat 10 times.

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