How Do The Kids Like Healthy LifeStars?

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Ariel:     The LifeStars helps my ability to grow better…..and it’s really good for my goals when I grow up.

Jocelyn:    LifeStar Challenge is very fun because you get active and help your body to get in shape.

Grace:     It was fun to exercise and set goals.  It was very fun and got me fit.

Your support can and does make a difference!

 

By | 2017-03-14T18:30:27-07:00 August 23rd, 2013|Blog, Kids Stories|0 Comments

Together We Can Make A Difference

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One in 3 children in the U.S. is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news?

Childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, schools, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and move more.

Make a difference for kids: Spread the word about strategies for preventing childhood obesity and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

Support programs like Healthy LifeStars. Together, we can make a difference!

By | 2017-03-14T18:30:27-07:00 August 23rd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Denver’s Summer Scholars Excel

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“The Healthy LifeStars program gives us a structured way to get kids moving and to teach them about overall health and wellness,” explained Karin Hostetter, Director of Enrichment for Summer Scholars in Denver, CO.

Summer Scholars is an award-winning, year-round, extended learning program partnering with 20 Denver elementary schools. Participants, primarily low income, elementary students and their families, receive high-quality reading, language and math tutoring, enrichment and family literacy assistance.

Healthy LifeStars provides an important piece to the program puzzle explained Hostetter. “Because of Healthy LifeStars, the kids get a healthy, physical break so they will be better able to focus on hard tasks.”

During the summer, as part of the program, students participate in arts and crafts, sports, math and special activities like dance, music and swimming lessons. And they run. “The kids love working for those stars,” said Hostetter. “We are helping them learn to set goals with the hope  they can use those skills in other parts of their lives. They learn to think differently and approach challenges in a new way.”

“As an example, Alex ( this month’s Healthy LifeStar) , who has set a goal for running laps, experiences a real sense of pride in that achievement,” explained Hostetter. “Later he can repeat that process in the classroom or in other aspects of his life. He can ask himself, now let me see what I can do with Math, or Reading.”

“As a result, “Hostetter notes, “we are helping kids  create relationships, opportunities and the personal qualities they will need to avoid risks and to thrive.”

By | 2017-03-14T18:30:27-07:00 August 21st, 2013|Blog, News|0 Comments

Healthy LifeStars Coach of the Month

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Visit Stedman Elementary on a summer afternoon and you’re likely to see dozens of kids running, walking or skipping around  a large, grassy area, flanked by a community garden, the school buildings and several “water stations” .

“The kids used to complain about getting hot, but now they look forward to the water games,” explained Michael Bergman, the Healthy LifeStars Coach at this Denver school where the Summer Scholars program is in full swing.  “The adults and the kids really have fun with it.”

As the students circle the field, some chatting and visiting along they way, they stop for cooling buckets of water or a sponge squeeze over the head and collect a popsicle stick for every lap they complete.

“The sticks are meaningful but they really like collecting those stars,” explained Bergman, referring to the colorful stars the students receive as they rack up the miles. “It is a visual recognition of their success.”

Wearing his own collection of stars, Bergman wants to model healthy behavior for the kids. That’s why he joins them in the daily run. “Plus,” he adds, smiling, “I’m a big kid myself so being out there with the students is fun for me.”

As part of the Stedman program,  Bergman discusses healthy eating choices and encourages the kids to share their knowledge with their extended families.

In the year ahead, we want to work even harder on the goal setting aspect of the Healthy LifeStars program, added Bergman.

Michael Bergman, we want to thank you for the hard work you have already put into helping kids become Healthy LifeStars.

Congratulations on being our Coach of the Month!

By | 2017-03-14T18:30:28-07:00 August 15th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Alex Is LifeStar of the Month

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Ten-year-old Alex circles the field, running with ease. “I really love to run,” he explains with quiet confidence.

A natural athlete, Alex doesn’t put his running shoes away when he gets home from school and the Healthy LifeStars program. “I keep going,” he says with a little smile. The Stedman fifth grader hopes to play sports in high school and college and this, he says, is part of his motivation to set goals, stay healthy and eat well.

Alex starts the day with cereal and eggs, a hearty breakfast that enables him to stay focused in class and look forward to an afternoon of motion.

Two weeks into the program, he has already racked up 24 miles and expects to hit the 35 mile mark by the end of week three.

After their laps, Alex will join the other Summer Scholars for an afternoon of swimming lessons at a nearby pool, a refreshing opportunity on this warm summer afternoon.

“But,” he offers, “when I get home, I will probably run some more.”

We congratulate you for your commitment to healthy living, Alex.  Cheers for  being named our Healthy LifeStar of the Month.

By | 2017-03-14T18:30:28-07:00 August 9th, 2013|Blog, Kids Stories|0 Comments