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Lake Sybelia Elementary Dolphin Dash 5K

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With children’s health on the minds of parents, teachers, and school and community leaders, Lake Sybelia Elementary PTA created Dolphin Dash 5K to promote healthy habits for school families while raising money for critical technology needs.

 

Race Day Schedule – Nov. 14
7:30 am – 8 am: Packet Pick Up & Late Registration
8:30 am: 5K Run/Walk (chip timed)
9:30 am: Kid’s Mile Dash (K-5th Grades, Not Timed)
9:45 am (or after last finisher): Awards Ceremony and Bounce Party (if fundraising goal is met)

Directions and Parking
Lake Sybelia Elementary is located at 600 Sandspur Rd., Maitland, FL 32751. Parking available at Hillcrest Courts LSE dolphindash signand surrounding residential areas. *Arrive early to find parking.

Course
The 5K course starts at LSE and winds around beautiful lakes Sybelia and Catherine, ending back at the school. For more information and a detailed map, visit www.lakesybeliapta.org.

Restrictions
For safety reasons, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards and dogs will NOT be allowed in the race. Strollers are welcome.

Shirts
**Race T-shirts and sizes are guaranteed for all registrants before Nov. 1st. After Nov. 1st, t-shirts will be assigned in registration order while supplies last. Supplies are limited.

Awards 5K (chip timed)
Overall best three Female and Male Runners
Top Female and Male Masters (40+)
Top three Female and Male finishers in the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,60-69, 70 and over

Registration – One entry per person
Online: click here 
Mail or Drop off: Complete the registration form available at www.lakesybeliapta.org and mail/drop off at LSE Attn: LSE PTA, 600 Sandspur Rd, Maitland, FL 32751
On race day: at Lake Sybelia Elementary from 7:30 – 8 am (Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted)

Packet Pick Up
Thursday: November 12, 8 – 10 am & 3 – 6:30 pm at LSE
Friday: November 13, 11 am – 6 pm at LSE
Saturday: Nov. 14, 7:30 am – 8 am at LSE

Join Healthy Kids Today at Summer Camp

Camp GoNoodleHealthy Kids Today is going to summer camp and we want you and your kids to join us!

Camp GoNoodle is a free online program for kids to stay active and be creative this summer!  Many of our partner schools use GoNoodle for brain breaks, short physical activity sessions, during the school year.  We bet if you ask you child about GoNoodle, they’ll likely respond with a smile and a comment about how much they enjoy it when their teacher uses GoNoodle in the classroom.

Now that GoNoodle has launched a summer camp, we’re eager to not only share it with you but to also participate with you!

Here’s how it works (camp instructions are from our friends at GoNoodle):

Head to camp!

Each Monday in July, a new set of five adventures appears at campgonoodle.com.
Go on adventures!Each adventure uses GoNoodle.com’s active videos and games for inspiration, and challenges kids to use their imaginations, get moving, and be outside.Sing along!

Each week includes two brand new camp songs to inspire creativity and movement.

Connect with fellow campers!

Share your adventures using the #CampGonoodle hashtag to join the camp community. Each week, Campers of the Week are recognized as all-stars and earn exclusive Camp GoNoodle prizes.  Don’t forget to include @healthkids2day!

Earn badges!
Complete each week of adventure by printing the weekly badge to hang up, or wear loud and proud.Let Healthy Kids Today know when you earn your first badge (and we’ll do the same)!For more information, click here

Healthy Breakfasts Fuel the Brain

healthy kids breakfastEveryone has heard that starting your day with a healthy breakfast is important.  But did you know that researchers say when breakfast is skipped, it negatively affects a child’s memory, as well as his or her ability to pay attention and solve problems.  In order for kids to be ready to learn for their day, breakfast is essential.  And not just any breakfast, a healthy one.  Sugary cereals provide an initial spike in energy but are followed by a crash.  They do not provide the proper nutrients to sustain a child through the morning and added sugar is linked to childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.  We have put together the important essentials that you should be serving your kids for breakfast.

 

Start with lean protein

Protein will help kids stay full and last until lunch time.  Eggs are a great source of lean protein.  Low fat yogurt or Greek yogurt or peanut butter on whole grain toast are also great sources of protein.

Add whole grains

Whole grain carbohydrates will keep your child focused and ready to learn.  Whole grains are nutrient rich and typically contain fiber, an important nutrient.  Try serving whole grain toast or oatmeal.

Brighten up breakfast with fruits and veggies

Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals.  This is an important part of a balanced meal.  Add in vegetables with your child’s scrambled eggs.  Serve an apple on the side or mix in berries into whole grain oatmeal.

 

When you combine these three simple components of a balanced and healthy breakfast, your child will have the foundation to start his or her school day ready to learn.  What do you make your children for breakfast?  Tell us in the comments below, on our Facebook or tweet us @HealthyKids2Day.

Talking With Your Teen – 3 Mistakes To Avoid

Parent Listening to Child 1Talking to your teenager can be an uphill battle.  Whether it is just to ask him/her how their day was or to have a serious talk, getting your teenager to talk with you can be hard.  Dr. Atilla Ceranoglu, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, uses a great metaphor to describe child development.  Infants and toddlers are like puppies. You can cuddle them all you want, kiss them, and hug them endlessly — they cannot get enough of you. But teenagers are like cats: They tend to avoid you most of the time, and once in a blue moon they will seek out your attention. The moment you try to touch them, however, they run away.

As parents it is important of us to figure out how to not make our kids run away from us when we are trying to talk to them.  Just like you know not to run head first at a skittish cat, there are wrong ways to approach teens.  Our friends at Great Schools came up with three things to avoid doing when trying to talk to your teens.

  • Waiting for a crisis.  When tensions are high, your child is not going to be in a position to open up to you. Engage early and often, before there is a problem. This way you will develop a rapport with your child that will be very important when an actual crisis arises. “Remember, it’s impossible to build a bridge in the middle of a quake, but a bridge built earlier may be flexible and sturdy enough to ward off a quake when it comes,” says Ceranoglu. “A relationship is just like that. Its foundation and flexible nature are important ingredients of happiness.”
  • Taking the too-direct approach.  You’re probably not going to get a lot out of your child if you say, “Let’s sit down and talk.” Instead, do something together your child likes and let the conversation happen. Spending more time with him now will help build the bridges you’ll need later. “Your consistent presence in your child’s life will help your child feel comfortable with talking to you if something bothers him,” says Ceranoglu.
  • Letting the opportunity pass.  Your child may seem to be always pushing you away, but that doesn’t mean he really wants you to disappear! Be vigilant about observing his mood, and approach him when you see a chance to talk or do something together.

Even if you avoid all of these mistakes, your teen might not be much into talking.  There is nothing wrong with that.  Don’t try to force them to have a sit down talk.  What is most important is that you let them know you are there to talk or just listen whenever they need you.

Easter Egg Hunt in Winter Park

Easter egg huntCome down to Central Park’s West Meadow for the 59th annual Easter Egg Hunt in Winter Park.  Presented by the City of Winter Park, the Easter Egg Hunt is a fun-filled free event that provides as much excitement and laughs for adults as it does for youngsters. Children up to 10 years of age can begin lining up at 9:30 a.m. The hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Children with special needs are also encouraged to join in the fun. Over 10,000 eggs will be placed throughout Central Park. As always, children who come up empty handed will still be able to enjoy special treats at the designated candy area.  For more information on the Easter Egg Hunt click here.

How To Teach Our Kids To Tell The Truth

Parent Listening to Child 2Children lie as part of their normal development.  Throughout childhood children clarify boundaries by testing limits.  Very young children are not yet able to distinguish fantasy from reality.   By the age of 6 children have a better understanding about the difference between fantasy and reality and develop a conscience.  At this age children may lie to avoid punishment or disapproval.  As children get older they might lie to spare someone’s feelings, because they feel overwhelmed or to gain attention.  Remember that chronic or habitual liars rarely feel good about themselves.  Look for patterns in the child’s lying and try to determine what needs the child has that make him or her want to lie.

 

Your CHILL counselors, the mental health professionals based in each Winter Park Consortium School (Winter Park High and the elementary and middle feeder schools), have assembled these tips on how to prevent lying.

 

  1. Always model telling the truth.  Avoid “little white lies” such as lying about your child’s age so he or she gets a cheaper movie ticket.
  2. Keep your word, always explain and apologize if you have to break a promise.
  3. Teach your child through role-playing the value of telling the truth.
  4. Teach your child the difference between make believe and reality, truth and lying.
  5. Let your child know that lying is not acceptable.
  6. Praise your child for telling the truth, especially in situations where it is difficult for your child.
  7. Create a safe family environment so your child can express his or her feelings.
  8. Avoid being too harsh in parenting.  Be firm, fair and consistent instead.

 

Contact the CHILL counselor at your child’s school for more information on this topic. To find out the name of your counselor, click on the Schools tab on any page of this website.