Sunday, August 29, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Doing GOOD 101: 100 Mile Club®, GOOD, and Pepsi are Making a Difference!

The Heat is ON!!

The heat is on all over the country!
At the same time, our kids are BUBBLING with enthusiasm about moving moving moving!

I just have a few words of wisdom for you as you head into (or kick off) your 100 Mile Clubs:

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!! So do you have to drink eight glasses of water a day? No, but you do need to drink enough to satisfy your thirst, and maybe a little extra if you're going to be exercising. The best drink is water, of course, but milk is another great drink for kids. Juice is OK, but choose it less often than water and milk. Sports drinks are fine once in a while, but water should be considered the drink of champions. Read more...

Sometimes kids will be so excited about running (or walking) that you as teacher-coach must use your wisdom and coach kids to "take it easy". Remind them that they have aaaaalllllll year to reach their goals, and not to worry if they miss a day, if it is too hot, etc. Use common sense. And remind them to drink WATER!

Most kids (even older ones) cannot conceptualize the whole year and how long they have to get their 100 miles done...they feel this sense of urgency and may need to take a look at a calendar and plan out what they need to do to meet their personal goal. You certainly don't want anyone getting burned out or hurt. 10 minutes a day is more than enough time to move...

As with any p.e. activity, you have kids who may need to walk or sit out some days. Again, we are celebrating and encouraging personal best and some days personal best Letting kids know that tomorrow is a new day and another chance to give their best and meet those goals is a perfect way to keep them motivated.

Set a specific day to wear shirts! Even if the kids wear last year's shirts until they earn their new one, this is a fun way to encourage community and campus spirit. Make sure to have your yearbook photographer out on those days! The smiles will be huge.

Enjoy and feel free to fwd this to your staff so they can be "in the loop"!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

WHY EAT BREAKFAST? A Lesson and a Poem!

What's for breakfast - coffee? Most mornings, we barely glance at the kitchen. Fixing breakfast takes up precious time that's in short supply. But there's ample evidence that the simple act of eating breakfast -- every day -- is a big part of losing weight, lots of weight.

"People skip breakfast thinking they're cutting calories, but by mid-morning and lunch, that person is starved," says Milton Stokes, RD, MPH, chief dietitian for St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City. "Breakfast skippers replace calories during the day with mindless nibbling, bingeing at lunch and dinner. They set themselves up for failure." Read more.


"Why eat breakfast"? Some folks might say....
you should know, it's the most important meal of the day!

It provides nourishment, that every body needs....
and first thing in the morning, it brings you "up to speed"!

Try some fruit with your cereal, or even a piece of toast...
limiting sugar intake, would help your body the most!

 The experts all agree, what I say is not bogus.....
 you'll become a better learner, because it helps you focus!

If you wanna lose weight, please don't skip this meal...
just make healthier choices, and extra weight will peel!

Breakfast speeds-up your metabolism, more calories you'll burn....
you won't feel as sleepy, you'll be more ready to learn!

It helps you concentrate better, It's food for the brain....
your stomach won't growl, and extra energy you'll gain.

So when asked "why eat breakfast"?
no need to raise your voice....

variation and moderation,
seems like a logical choice!

Coach A

DON'T SKIP LUNCH: A Fun Poem from Coach A

One way to keep lunches green and healthy, is the Laptop Lunch.  I personally LOVE the little dipping sauce container.  :) Read below for more information on this very eco-fab way to pack a fun and balanced lunch!

I received this email from our own wordy-wordsmith, sporty-coach, and friend, COACH A. His poetry blog is here. Coach A never ceases to amaze us with his fun and educational rhymes.  Kiddos, eating healthy means eating healthy food throughout the day, not just NOT eating.  Please eat lunch. 

Hi Kara... We are experiencing a trend with our students... where they are not having lunch. I'm just wondering how pervasive the problem is elsewhere. I came up with the following ...(perhaps worthy of your site)... to hopefully begin a dialog.

Hope all is well with you and yours...

Now "lunch" can be defined, as a mid-day snack...
You shouldn't be a skipping it, and that is a fact!
You have got to eat some food, and not just have a drink...
It puts you in the right mood, it's easier to think!

Now part of growing up, is to give your body fuel...
Cuz you are here to learn, it's what we do in school!
The 411 is out there, the facts they are well-known...
Learning is a breeze, when your stomach doesn't groan!

Now if you're short some money, or left home with no sack...
You should see your teacher, and know we've got your back!
Don't tell me you're not hungry, or you're trying to lose weight...
Just please, Don't Skip Lunch, and things will be just great!

Coach A

Laptop Lunch Boxes were created by two eco-conscious moms about seven years ago when the savvy pair realized that the best way to help parents pack wholesome, low-waste lunches was to "provide them with a lunch system that was not only convenient and economical, but also appealing to kids." Thus, the Laptop Lunch Box was born. Made of lead-free plastic, its unique design, reminiscent of a bento box, features single-serve individual containers, reusable utensils, a water or juice bottle and a handy carrying case.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Where and when do YOU run??

100 Milers walking with their Principal and Assistant Principal!  Make time to walk with your kids as much as possible!  It makes a BIG difference!

Where and when do YOU run??

Make sure to ask yourself what your running opportunities will "look like" throughout the year. Don't worry too much about getting everything going perfectly from the get-go, just go for it. Try different things and times:

It is our hope that kids will have an opportunity to log miles throughout the day, with their teacher, and during part of their p.e. time, but many schools supplement that time with optional opportunities to log miles.

If I took you to 10 different schools, you would see 10 very different schedules. Here are a few examples of how schools supplement their classroom 100 Mile Club® time:

Morning runs. Even during the 10-15 minutes before school, you can allow kids to eek out a mile or so. Go longer if you want...many do!!

Recess and lunch time. You can teach your noon-duty supervisors to encourage kids to earn miles at lunchtime or recess. It gives some kids something to do...especially those who tend to just walk around anyway. They can walk and talk with theirn friends and esrn miles at the same time!!

After school. Sure, you can do this, too. Follow it up with a Homework Club or something. :)

Family Fun Runs! This can be a whole article! Gather one evening a trimester at school to all log miles together! Have a restaraunt come in to sell healthy meals and they will donate a portion of the proceeds back to your school. It's fun!!

Weekenders! Yes, we do have groups that meet on the weekends. There is one group that heads out on a hike up a local mountain every Saturday! As long as the whole school is invited, go for it!

Family Picnic and 100 Mile Club® Night!! 

I hope your creative juices are flowing...just know that:

(1) there are many many ways to make this a success,

(2) there is no wrong way to do 100 Mile Club® as long as you stick to the mission and philosophy, and

(3) do what is most comfortable for you and your site.

(4) If your schedule is NOT working, tweak it. Learn from your mistakes and move forward...always.

(5) If you are not having fun, you are doing it wrong.  :)

Really. It's that simple. :)

At the top of Mt. Rubidoux in Riverside, CA with Longfellow Superstars!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


So, what's our new tee shirt color?? Remember, every year ALL 100 Mile Club schools and groups have the same color shirt. We do this for very specific reasons...

What started as a simple way to cast a few votes and have a little fun picking our next tee shirt color quickly evolved into a massive Penny Vote Tour. As with most things 100 Mile Club-related, what started as a fun and silly idea, backed up with with lots of passion and energy ended up HUGE and taking over everything!! This was true once again with The Penny Vote.

Jared Walker, a former 100 Mile Club participant and very busy IB student at a local middle school, volunteered to lead the charge. It was a great service project for him! Jared set up a booth at Walk for Kids in 2009 and collected pennies in these cool vortex-topped water bottles:

The vortexes were all Jared's idea, and were soooooo cool!! This year, the Penny Vote Spirit continued, led this time by students at JFK High School in Norco, CA.

Color choices for 2010-11 were as follows (l to r) :

  • Hunter green with white
  • Royal Blue with white
  • Turq with white
  • Gold with navy

The kids (and adults!) had a ball watching the pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters, and even dollars go round and round and plop in to the color of their choice. klink! klink! klinklink! The coins kept coming...

These funny-looking (but fun!) Penny Vote containers travelled all over Southern California, and kids, parents, and friends all cast their votes with spare change. All the while, our collection boxes were getting heavier and heavier. Yay!!

This year, the coins were hand-counted...proceeds benefitted our student sponsorship fund. 

Are you ready?? After all was said and done, the results are:

  • Hunter green with white: $14.79
  • Turq with white: $132. 30
  • Gold with navy: Zero (it was accidentally left behind at the initial Walk for Kids vote, and never made it back in...oops  O_o )
  • Royal with white: $72.92
TOTAL COLLECTED: $220.01 WOW! (This was mostly pennies, by the way.) That's 22 KIDS!!  FULLY SPONSORED!!

So, our new 100 Mile Club® tee shirt color for 2009-10 is:

Turquoise with white!!

Thank you to everyone who voted this year! This just goes to show you that if everyone gives just a little, we can make a BIG difference.