CFI's Healthy Challenge

May 16, 2011

During the week of May 16-20, CFI (Community Fitness Initiative) and Lexington Public Schools are partneringup for CFI's Healthy Challenge Week!  We will kick off the week on May 16th with a one mile Fun Run at Kirkpatrick Memorial Park at 1:30pm.  Each school will provide transportation for their students to the event by bus or their teachers will escort the students while walking to the park.  After the Fun Run is over, students will return to their school for regularly scheduled pick up.

Monday - Eat Breakfast, No pop
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  You are less likely to crave fattening snacks during the day.  It gives you energy during the day.  It helps accomplish mental tasks, equaling better grades.  As with all meals, try to eat a variety of foods including:  grains (breads and cereals), protein (meats, beans, and nuts), fruits and vegetables, milk, cheese, and yogurt.

Tuesday - Exercise 1 Hour, No pop
You should have 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day.  Three types of physical activity:  1) Aerobic Exercise- brisk walking, running, tag, hiking, skateboarding, roller blading, biking, karate, basketball, swimming, etc.   2) Muscle Strengthening - gymnastics, push-ups, sit-ups, tug of war, etc.  3) Bone Strengthening - jump rope, running, hopping, skipping, etc.

Wednesday - No Television, No pop
It is recommended that children over the age of 2 watch no more than 1 - 2 hours of TV a day.  Those 1 -2 hours should be quality programming.  TV and other electronic media can get in the way of exploring, playing, and interaction with parents and others.  Interaction encourages learning and healthy physical and social development.  What to do instead?  Get up and get out!  Try new exercises mentioned Tuesday or try inventing a new game.

Thursday - Eat at least 1 fruit and 1 vegetable, No pop
Most people need at least 4 servings of vegetables and at least 3 servings of fruit each day.  Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber needed in promoting good health.  Think color when choosing fruits and vegetables.  Green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, red watermelon, and white onions.

Friday - No candy, No pop
Candy is full of sugar and therefore bad for your overall health!  No matter what you choose to snack on, remember these tips to protect your teeth from cavities and maintain good oral health:  1) Brush twice a day with toothpaste containing fluoride.  2) Floss daily.  3) Eat healthy foods and nutritious snacks.  4) Visit the dentist for regular checkups.