Teenagers Aren't Getting Enough Exercise at School, or Anywhere

teenagers legsTeenagers can be a notoriously sedentary group. Now a new study showed that school may be a big part of the problem.

The study, which used GPS devices to track when and where teenagers were getting physical activity, found that, on average, they were physically active only 23 minutes a day while at school. Meager as that figure is, it made up over half the 39.4 minutes of physical activity the average teenager got every day.

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Join the 2015 Sole Challenge

sole challengeThe 2015 Sole Challenge is just days away, but you still have time to sign up to walk and help your child’s school win funds for healthy activities and programs.

Created by Healthy Central Florida (HCF), the event is a free and friendly competition to see which community organization in Winter Park, Maitland or Eatonville can generate the most participants for the walking event.

The event is on Saturday, October 24, at Quinn Strong Park, 345 South Maitland Ave., Maitland, 32751. Sign-in and activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and the official Sole Challenge walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.

For more information and to register, click here.

CASH PRIZES for the MOST participants – $1,000, $500 & $250 in EACH category
Faith-Based Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations

Individuals and businesses can win prizes too – Fitbit Flexes, a one-year membership to RDV Sportsplex and more!

Once again, this year’s Sole Challenge will feature Bo Outlaw, of the Orlando Magic, music, as well as free t-shirts and pedometers for the first 600 walkers. There also will be kid’s activities, face-painting, giant climbing wall, inflatables, blender bike, and a healthy breakfast for all.

It’s all totally free! So now is the time to round up PTA/PTO members, sports teams and any other school group you can think of to participate in the Mayors’ Sole Challenge. See you there!

Celebrate National School Lunch Week

Picture1To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, schools across the country are recognizing National School Lunch Week from October 12-16, 2015. The theme, “School Lunch Snapshot” is all about sharing the best images of today’s school lunches.

National School Lunch Week emphasizes the healthy foods that are offered daily at in schools.  School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium.  National School Lunch Week helps educate parents and students about all the benefits of the National School Lunch Program, and the appealing choices offered”.

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students everyday.  The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole-grain rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.

The “School Lunch Snapshot” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun via the hashtag #NSLW. For more information about schools meals, visit

Second Annual Florida PTA Healthy Children Healthy Future Summit

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Florida PTA is proud to present the Second Annual Healthy Children, Healthy Future State Summit, November 13th and 14th. In keeping with the PTA’s long history of advocating for the physical and emotional well-being of every child, Florida PTA has reached out to the medical community, state agencies, community organizations, and school districts to work collaboratively in this endeavor.

The Healthy Children, Healthy Future State Summit will build on this effort by bringing together PTA leaders, medical professionals, educators, and health & wellness experts from around the state to explore the connection between the physical and emotional wellness of our children and academic achievement. We will learn and share strategies to create, support, and maintain a healthy environment within our schools, communities, and homes.

Topics to include:

Impact of Functional / Educational Health Outcomes

Healthy Sleep, Healthy Learning

LGBTQ Student Resources and Support

Child Trafficking

Child Abuse Prevention Education

Friday, November 13th (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

Location: FL PTA State Office, 1747 Orlando Central Parkway, FL 32809

Saturday, November 14th (9:00 am – 5:30 pm)

Location: Embassy Suites  5835 T G Lee Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822