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My daughter runs EVERYWHERE.
I love watching my daughter move. And I can’t stop photographing her signature flutter. I call it jog-wa-cing. That would be a combination of jogging, walking and dancing. Saying she has a “pep” in her step is an understatement. It’s more like a non-stop prancing with twirls. Her long lean limbs are always pointing, stretching and jumping in some crazy direction. She’s strong and deliberate.
Moving also keeps her very sharp, on task and motivated. I learned the hard way this year that the more Kiddo plays, the better she concentrates and focuses on her own. Right now as I type this, she should be finishing up her homework, but instead she’s singing Shake It Off at the top of her lungs while doodling inside the pages of her Spelling notebook at the dinner table. Why? Well most-likely because today was half day at school so there was no gym class. Ahhh.
Suddenly everything is making sense. As much as I would love to resort to bribery or an ultimatum just to get this lesson done and over with, I’m going to do something else — suggest she go outside and play. Run Forrest, Run!
She wants to move.
See, my daughter always needs to be doing something. And the moment she gets running, dancing, skipping, jumping and swinging, out of her system, she buckles down and fully commits to her studies without me even asking. At first I was reluctant, thinking I was rewarding her with playtime for not completing her daily assignments, but then that thought process quickly changed when I saw first hand the results. Not only was she getting the work done, but it was completed neatly and correctly. Being active was the answer, definitely not the problem.
And that is why I am supporting my friends at Real California Milk and their dedication to the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign here in California. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a partnership between the NFL and National Dairy Council promoting physical activity and good nutrition throughout schools. By making healthy food choices and committing to at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity, we are introducing children to a healthy lifestyle that will benefit them their entire lives.
Small changes. Big differences.
California schools who support the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign could also be eligible for up to $4,000 through the 2015 Spring Grant Funding Program. Schools have the opportunity to “run plays” from the 2015-2016 edition of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook like coordinating the 100 Mile Club which encourages kids to walk, run or jog 100 miles on campus throughout the school year. To apply for a spring grant, visit fueluptoplay60.com and register your school. Please note, the deadline is June 16.
And that’s just the beginning. Beyond the grant, Central Valley schools and students grades 4th-10th can Get In the Game Challenge until May 22nd. The school with the highest number of student sign-ups will receive a huge celebration at school on June 3, 2015 complete with food, fun and some very special VIP guests. Who? Oh, I don’t know… just some peeps form the San Francisco 49ers.
Photo credits: Nicole Standley
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