Apple Challenge

The elementary school in our neighborhood holds a back to school celebration in one of the neighborhood parks immediately following meet the teacher.  This year, For the Love of Go set up a table to talk to parents and students about Marathon Kids, Fitness Club, and the activities in our community.  As a bonus, our local H-E-B plus! donated very nice handouts with two weeks of meals planned and tips for packing a healthy lunch.  You can find a similar handout on HEB.com – plus, the online version includes ingredient lists for each week of meals! We held a Fitness Challenge at our table and asked kids and adults to do one-legged hops, jumping jacks, and “high knees”, before eating as much of an apple as possible.  We talked about how many times we throw out half the apple after only eating around the middle!  We had some fun with this one and enjoyed talking to parents and kids. We’re looking forward to a great year!...

Family Fitness Club

Family Fitness Club                   Family Fitness Club was developed and implemented in September 2012 by Jennifer Crosby to help bridge family, fun and school fitness participation. The club was designed to provide a free opportunity for families to be active together and to provide at least one set time a week for working toward the Marathon Kids program.  The club is open to all ages with a focus on full family participation in free weekly workouts. Participants are encouraged to attend whenever they are able – no set number of sessions, or age limits are required.  Sessions include an approximate 1-3 mile distance workout (increasing in distance from 1 mile to more over the course of several weeks), simple stretching before and after the workout, and a healthy snack.  Each week, concepts are added that include strength training with body weight, further distances, water and food nutrition challenges, and goal setting.  Concepts and basic objectives include: safety endurance sprinting interval training pacing refueling partner running circuit  and hill training team work road racing tracking mileage observing healthy eating water consumption Currently, Family Fitness Club meets every Wednesday night with breaks in the summer and school holiday breaks. Fitness Club will start August 20, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year.  Join us at Negley Elementary at 6:45 p.m., at the side lot.  Bring a water bottle, a grownup (if you’re not one), and wear decent shoes (no flip flops, please!).                   Contact Jennifer Crosby at jcrosbys3@gmail.com if you have additional...

Save the Date – Upcoming Fitness Activities

First week of September — Start watching for the MarathonKids SignUp sheet to come home in your elementary student’s folder October 11 — Hootenanny on the Hill 1K/3K/5K/10K – www.hootenannyonthehill.com October 25 — Marathon Kids Kickoff Celebration – www.marathonkids.org January 1 — Kyle-O-Meter Resolution Run 5K – www.kylechamber.org/5K February14 — Run for the Love of It 5K and Kids Dash March7 — Negley 1K/3K/5K –...

Kyle-O-Meter Resolution Run

KYLE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES RESOLUTION RUN – Kyle Chamber of Commerce Kyle-O-Meter a Healthy Kick-Off to 2015 Kyle, Texas – The Kyle-O-Meter Resolution Run presented by the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau will take place on January 1, 2015 at Wallace Middle School in Kyle. The Kyle-O-Meter is the perfect motivation for those that are aiming toward a healthy lifestyle. Participants will be surrounded by local businesses that have a focus on healthy activities, including healthy tips, motivations, and a race guide to track their progress throughout the year. The entire family is encouraged to participate. The 5K race begins at 9 a.m. followed by a Kids Dash. Guess what? You’ll even have enough time to make it over to the Polar Bear Splash at the Kyle City Pool just after the awards ceremony! For more information and to register online: www.kylechamber.org/5k Get $3 off per entry when you register online and use code OnlineKOM before December 12, 2014 (T-shirts included) For more information about the Kyle-O-Meter Resolution Run (www.kylechamber.org /5k), contact Christina Mosier at 512-268-4220,...

How we got here – Jennifer’s Story

Background: Mid-2008, we made the decision to make 2 major changes in our family life: Dine:  Know what we’re eating Dash:  Exercise consistently We needed motivation for both of these major changes.  For the exercise, we would work out separately nearly everyday.  Motivation:  We’d sign up for a 5K each month.  For the eating part, we decided to cook every night, as much from scratch as we could.  Motivation:  We’d eat out every Saturday night. Current: We’ve run a 5K every month since June 2008.  The first few races, my husband ran and I pushed our son, in the stroller.  As the months progressed, our son began running the last mile (age 3), then the last two miles (age 4), until June 2010 (age 5), when he ran his first full 5K.  Our races have taken us all over Texas,  to Louisiana, California, and Florida, so far. We have streamlined our cooking each night and cook most of our food on the weekend and reheat during the week (this has been a process of much planning and learning what works and doesn’t).  We eat out mostly on Saturday nights, mostly a different place every time. I developed a system for planning meals out approximately 4 to 6 months at a time.  I taught that system to PTA, to work groups, and to bible study groups.  When I read that Hays CISD has the 12th highest incidence of childhood obesity in the state, I started Fitness Club on Wednesday nights for families and individuals. August 2013 marked our 100th race.  Some months we run more than one because we just...