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Fast Start / Smile Mile Challenge

Fast Start and the Track Shack Foundation have teamed up to create the Smile Mile Challenge.

Smile Mile, scheduled for this Saturday, March 4, at Blue Jacket Park in Baldwin Park,  is one of the greatest traditions in our community.  For several decades, Smile Mile has been held to provide an opportunity for kids to get active and participate in a 1 mile run…with lots of games and fun activities.

The Smile Mile Challenge is open to the eight elementary schools that participate in Fast Start.  The Fast Start school with the highest registration will receive a $500 grant from Fast Start!

So, sign up today.  Here is a link to this year’s registration page and information.

We hope to see y’all at this year’s Smile Mile event.

Upcoming Family Friendly Races

Looking for local events to get your family moving?  These upcoming races are the answer!

On February 11, Run 4 Love goes through the Winter Park Pines neighborhood.  For those families who love 5K races, this will be just the challenge you need to step it up a bit.  The 4 mile run begins right next to Brookshire Elementary and ends at Showalter Field. To sign up, go to Trackshack.com/events.

March 4 is the date set for the annual Smile Mile, and this year it is back at Blue Jacket Park!  Every child runs in his/her own age category.  Medals are awarded for the first three milers to finish, and there is much fun to be had at the activity booths while you wait for your age group to go. Sign up early for only $5 online at Trackshack.com/events.

Happy running!

Stay Active During the Holidays

fit through the holidaysThe holiday season is officially here. Good food, friends and family will be filling our homes. But many times the “holiday food” is not the best for you. It is important to make sure we are staying active and keeping our kids active during this time. There are simple things you can do to for yourself and with your family to not end up like a stuffed turkey.

 

Play Football, Don’t Watch it on TV

After the holiday meal many of us sit down and turn on our favorite football game. This year, don’t watch the game. Get up and play one with your family. A game of family football is fun and brings you closer together. Don’t like football? Try any game. Play soccer, baseball or simply go outside and run around. The point is to get up and be active with your family.

Sign Up for a 5k or Fun Run

During the holiday season there are lots of holiday themed walks and runs. During Thanksgiving you can sign up for a Turkey Trot or other runs. Leading up to Christmas you can find Santa runs or other Christmas themed runs/walks. On December 13th Track Shack is holding the Vanessa Welch Reindeer Run. Plan for this event or find others in our area.

Create a Fitness Tradition

There are many traditions families have over the holidays. Saying what we’re thankful for over Thanksgiving, spending time with family, secret Santa at work and many others are just a few examples of these traditions. Start a new tradition centered on fitness. It can be the family football game or 5k run that we already suggested. It could also be smaller active events like taking a family walk around the neighborhood after dinner, going to the park to let the kids play or taking a family bike ride.

Work Towards a Goal

Set a family goal around staying healthy. It could be to walk each night after dinner, train to run a 5k, watch less TV, eat 2 healthy meals per week or anything else you can come up with. Write the goal on a board and display it in an area of the house where everyone can see it. That will help keep you motivated and stick with it. If it is something you can add to a calendar, write it on the days you plan to do it and display that in the same area. Whatever it is, get the entire family involved and help each other stick with it.

 

How do you stay active during the holidays? Tell us in the comments below, write on our Facebook wall or tweet us at @HealthyKids2Day. We want to hear from you!