Take the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge!

Students who get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day are fitter, healthier and have better focus in class. The Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge is a program that offers new opportunities for physical activity before, during and after school for students and families. Participating in the challenge is easy—simply log any type of physical activity: Yoga, gardening, P.E., dance, biking, walking, anything active! This spring, K-8 schools in select states and regions can win cash awards to support physical activity and health programs.

Sign up for the free program at FireUpYourFeet.org.


Back-to-School and Vaccinations: Be a Step Ahead

School is about to start soon.  You have all the supplies needed: pencils, paper, backpack, etc.  But are you missing something else?   Maybe it is a good time to check that your kids are up to date on their Immunization shots, too.  When your kids are younger, they  have a series of shots required to protect them from measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis, but preteens should also have shots for a variety of illnesses, as well.

Check out these immunization resources to learn more about which shots are required for your child and get tips on how to reduce your child’s anxiety about getting shots:


Smart Snacks in Schools

Smart Snacks in SchoolAs part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) included guidelines for “competitive foods” known as Smart Snacks for all foods and beverages sold to students throughout the school day. The new Smart Snacks guidelines apply to “competitive foods” that are not a part of the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program. Smart Snacks rules set limits on calories, fats, sugar and sodium and encourage the consumption of dairy, whole grains, protein, fruits and vegetables.

More Resources

National PTA has officially launched a Smart Snacks webpage where you can find many resources regarding Smart Snacks. You can access these resources at PTA.org/SmartSnacks.

A number of tools and resources are available to help schools identify food items that meet Smart Snacks criteria. See the resources for info about the Smart Snacks requirement, helpful tools and ways to encourage children to make healthier snack choices that give them the nutrition they need to grow and learn on the USDA website.

View a recording of the Smart Snacks Overview webinar and click download the Powerpoint presentation. If your state or local PTA would like a web or in-person training, please email schoolfoods@pta.org. For additional resources and more info on Smart Snacks, please visit PTA.org/SmartSnacks.

Help Them Get Ready to Go Back to School and Beyond

Going back to school may be exciting to some students but there are still those who have butterflies when that first bell rings.  According to KidsPoll, on most days, 65% of kids liked school and 35% said they did not.  Talking with your child about their thoughts and feelings can help to alleviate some of those butterflies.  Also, getting in touch with their teacher from time to time, not waiting for quarterly Teacher Conferences, can help you understand any potential problems early on and allow for you and your child to work on them sooner rather than later.  Often times, children are dealing with an issue way before you or a teacher hear about it.  Don’t wait, get engaged, be proactive when it comes to helping or understanding what your child is going through.  Taking the initiative and talking things out can prevent a lot of stress for everyone involved.

So the next time you sit down at the table to share a meal with your family consider these topics to help get conversation started:

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Happy Fourth of July

While our families all gather to remember what this holiday means to them, it’s also a good time to remember to go over the safety steps again for handling fireworks.  This is especially if children are experiencing the excitement of the colorful bursts, loud booms and writing their own name in sparklers for the first time.

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