HLS Program Keeps Bullies At Bay

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It is no secret that childhood obesity is a serious problem.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.”

And there’s more.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), children who are overweight are more likely to be at risk for cardiovascular diseases, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Obese children also have a higher risk of bone and joint problems, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, and arthritis.In addition to this extraordinary menu of health problems, recent studies show that overweight children are more likely to be subjected to bullying.

A University of Florida study reveals that frequent bullying leads children who feel victimized to avoid situations where they have been picked on before, including gym class or afterschool sporting events. Therefore, these student are more likely to avoid the playground and sports oriented situations for fear of being ridiculed or taunted by their peers.

Sadly, the bullying, which also leads to depression and loneliness, keeps these children from participating in and benefiting from the very activity that could significantly improve their health and sense of well-being. In sharp contrast, the Healthy Lifestars program gets kids active, teaches them nutrition and encourages a healthy sense of community while instilling self-esteem.

Our program is one more way to keep bullies at bay.

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It’s That Time!

The time is now to give - Arizona Gives Day!

The Time Is Now

Yes, the day has arrived. Tomorrow is Arizona Gives Day!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Remember that one ten dollar donation equals one vote. The non-profit organization with the most votes, qualifies for bonus funds. Help Healthy Lifestars qualify for those extra dollars!

Your moral support matters! Please share our story with your friends and family.
Celebrate the good work Arizona non-profits do to help create a healthy and thriving community.
Busy tomorrow?
You can make a difference today! 
You can give now for posting later.Follow these easy steps:
1. Follow this link to the Healthy LifeStars page.
2. Use the drop down menu “Make This Donation Occur” located just above the green Donate button
3. Select On Giving Day

4. Complete your donation.

5. Accept our thanks!

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Two LifeStars Pass 100 Mile Mark

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We are excited for LifeStars, Ryan and Charlie, for passing the 100 Mile Mark!

“I really like the way the running makes me feel,” says Ryan (pictured above left) “It is good exercise and the music we listen to in the morning makes it even more fun.”

Ryan, who has logged 111 miles, has also focused on healthy eating. “I use the food log and now instead of eating a candy bar, I will choose strawberries,” the St. Francis student said. “I feel stronger and better and plan to make it to 200 miles.”

Congratulations Ryan for your outstanding efforts and passing the 100 Mile Mark!

Fellow St. Francis student Charlie (pictured above right) has stayed focused on his goal of reaching 100 miles run and recently flew by the mark. With 105 miles under his belt he is not content to rest on his lap laurels.

“I plan to keep running because it makes me feel good,” said the young Phoenix resident who enjoys getting to school early and joining his fellow LIfeStars in this endeavor. “It is good for my health and I feel stronger.”

Way to go Charlie! Congratulations on your outstanding efforts and for passing the 100 Mile Mark!

Note: You can help us expand the program and insure more kids pass the 100 Mile Mark by supporting Healthy LIfeStars on Arizona Gives Day.

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Your Ten Dollars Matters

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Arizona Gives Day

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

One ten dollar donation equals one vote. The non-profit organization with the most votes,

qualifies for bonus funds. Help Healthy Lifestars qualify for thoseextra dollars!
 Click and contribute!Share our story with your friends and family. Celebrate the good work Arizona non-profits do to help create a healthy and thriving community.
Worried your Wednesday will be too busy to donate?You can give now for posting later.Follow these easy steps:
1. Follow this link to the Healthy LifeStars page
2. Use the drop down menu “Make This Donation Occur” located just above the green Donate button
3. Select On Giving Day4. Complete your donation.

5. Accept our thanks

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HLS Coach Inspires Students

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The Healthy LifeStars program has provided a nurturing community for the kids before school, explains Erin Chapman, our Coach of the Month and the director of the program underway at St. Francis school in Central Phoenix.

With close to 50 children on the roster, Chapman says it is rewarding to see the kids working hard, setting goals and striving to do their best. Participating students arrive at school at 7:00 am and run to music and the encouraging cheers of parents and fellow students.

“The other teachers and I have really noticed that the kids are more focused throughout the day and are better able to attend their school work,” explained the Girls Athletic Director. “We are also hearing from the parents that their sons and daughters are asking for healthier meals at home and paying more attention to nutrition, thanks to their expanded knowledge.”

Chapman says staying fit and healthy is a part of her own lifestyle. She does Crossfit training, runs in 5ks and recently participated in a hike for the homeless.

Thanks, Erin Chapman, for your time and commitment to the Healthy LifeStars program!

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Arizona Gives Day – March 20, 2013

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When the clock strikes 12 midnight it all begins.

For the 24 hours that comprise March 20, 2013, Arizonans will come together to support the nonprofit community that serves the state so well.

It will be known as the first Arizona Gives Day.

From 12:00 am to 11:59 pm, supporters of Arizona nonprofits like Healthy LifeStars, will go online, connect with causes they care about, click and contribute.

It will be that easy to make tax-deductible donations. All funds will stay local and help our nonprofit community provide much needed education and services in the state of Arizona.

There will cash prizes for those organizations that raise the most money in various categories and during different time blocks throughout the day and night.

When the clock strikes 11:59pm, this remarkable fundraising effort will be over and the efforts of so many outstanding organizations will have been rewarded by continuing support.

Eager To Help?

  • Visit the Healthy LifeStars Arizona Gives web page http://azgives.razoo.com/story/Healthy-Lifestars )   and become a fan.
  • Mark your calendar for March 20, 2013 and plan to contribute a donation or moral support.
  • Share the story of Arizona Gives Day with your friends, family and co-workers.
  • Visit the Healthy LifeStars Facebook page and “Like” us, comment, and share.
  • Follow Healthy LIfeStars on Twitter. It is just one more way to stay connected to our program and show your support.

It never has been easier to make a difference. We hope you will choose to support our efforts on March 20, 2013 – Arizona Gives Day – and all year long. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the big day.

http://azgives.razoo.com/story/Healthy-Lifestars

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Healthy-LifeStars/167970473254874?fref=ts

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