How fantastic to meet some of our most interactive Health Champions in real life today! I visited St Michael’s Junior School in Galleywood to award four Health Champions their certificates. These children have made the most comments, and have written their own posts on the Children’s Health Blog. Their classes were the very first classes to use the Blog, so we are delighted to award with them with a £10 Sports Direct voucher each – hopefully they will find something healthy to spend it on!
Congratulations to the four of you…I look forward to meeting more Health Champions later in the week at East Hanningfield School!
Hope you all had an excellent Christmas and New Year!
Just a quick note to let you all know the Health Champions will be back next Monday (9th Jan) with more Daily Posts and Champion Challenges. There will be some slight changes as well, which we’re excited to share with you!
Be sure to check back in next week to see the new posts, post your own ideas, and get involved with questions and comments!
The Children’s Health Project Team!
This weekend, I challenge you to make some cakes with your family! We have some excellent recipes to try below, ones which you’ll love! They’re also pretty healthy, and aren’t packed full of preservatives and processed sugars like the ones we can buy in the shops are. Home-made is always best when it comes to cake, and the weekend is the perfect time to spend baking with your family.
It’s important to write a list of all the ingredients you need before you start. You may need to go shopping with your parents first!
Try one of these recipes below, and show us a picture of the result! We’d love to hear how they taste…If you’re allergic to nuts, try seeds as an alternative. You can use coconut flour, or gluten free self-raising flour instead of almond flour as well!
The recipes come from our friends over at Fitter Food. This is a great website to look at if you’re looking for healthy recipes for the whole family!
Parents – you can also post your own healthy recipes…try to avoid posting ones with refined sugar in, opting for honey, dates, fruit or the sweeteners xylitol or stevia to sweeten instead. We’re going for nutrient dense options 🙂
Can’t wait to see your creations!
Nutrition Ninja 🙂
This week, I have a very simple challenge for you…
Sometime this week, I’d like you to go on a bike ride…if you don’t have a bike, make it a skateboard ride…if you don’t have a skateboard, make it a scooter ride…if you don’t have a scooter, make it a roller-skate ride…or, ALL four!!
We’d like you to tell us where you went (roughly), what you saw, what you smelt, what you could hear, and what you had to eat/drink to fuel your ride! What do you like about riding?
Did you challenge yourself in any way? Did you learn a new trick? Did you ride for the first time without stabilisers?
Can you teach your friend some of your talents?
I can’t wait to hear all about it. You can even add in a photo of yourself out for your ride.
Captain Kinetic 🙂
Mind over matter: if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
This week, our blog has seen a theme of ‘happy posts’. It’s Anti-Bullying Week, and their slogan this year is ‘Power of Good’.
Doing something new can be incredibly powerful for good health. Just like thinking new, happy thoughts, makes us feel good.
My challenge to you this week is to try something new every single day.
- Taste a new fruit or vegetable…
- Try to read a book which was too challenging a while ago…
- Look online to learn good technique to learn how to move faster than you ever have before…
- Play a new game with your friends…
- Do some yoga and deep breathing every morning before school…
Or, you can choose something for yourself – but you must try something new, every single day.
If you believe you will like it, or can do it…maybe you can?
What new, healthy things did you try this week?
Let me know by creating a new post, and choosing the category ‘Champion Challenge’…you can even add a picture of you trying your new healthy habit!
Mindset Warrior 🙂
My challenge to you this week, is to make one new healthy habit that you can repeat each day!
This needs to be something you want to change, and you know will make your life healthier in some way.
Here are some suggestions (or you can choose your own!):
- Choose to go to bed half an hour/an hour earlier
- Make sure you don’t have to be reminded to brush your teeth twice a day
- Spend extra time outside each day
- Drink an additional bottle of water each day
- Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables per day
- Spend more time with your family
- Get at least 1 hour of exercise everyday – perhaps at lunchtime, or at a sports club
What are you going to try to improve?
Let us know if you’ve been successful by creating your own post, clicking the category ‘Champion Challenge’ and sharing what you’ve done – you can even add a picture to your post!
Agent Lifestyle 🙂
Eating eggs for breakfast is a great way to start the day, but FRIENDSHIP EGGS are even better!
We have several eggy recipes to inspire new breakfast ideas for you in our breakfast recipe book (your Mum or Dad can download it here).
But BEFORE you make your egg breakfast, you need to make your FRIENDSHIP EGG!
You will need:
Two eggs; an adult; colouring pens; other decorations you’d like to use.
- Gently take an egg out of the egg carton.
- Use colouring pens and decorative tools (wool for hair maybe?) to make your whole egg look like one of your friends.
- Use the other egg to make your breakfast (with an adult helping you).
You can make more than one of course, but ask for permission first.
Post two photos on the blog:
- A picture of your Friendship Egg, explaining who your friend is and why they make you happy.
- A picture of your delicious breakfast (don’t worry, if you don’t like eggs, you can choose another healthy alternative for breakfast!)
** Children: Why not try this at home once you’ve done it in class? Get the whole family involved! Be sure to take a picture and post it on your blog page – Captain Kinetic would love to see you all keeping fit together!**
Equipment: chairs, tables, scraps of paper, 1 large sheet paper turned into a target
Organisation: Pupils are divided into 4 groups, each starting at a station.
- There are three stations. Each station will need its own space in the classroom
- Stations will go on for 3-5 minutes each (depending on age of the students)
- You can send the pupils round each station once, or more – depending on how much of a break they need!
Chair sits / stands
- Students will use an ordinary classroom chair and must sit down on the floor in front of it
- using only their arms they must get themselves to the seated position on the chair
- They must then stand up using one leg
- They must then return to the seat and then to the floor and repeat for the time
- Standing on one side of a table, the students must crouch and crawl under the table and stand on the other side
- They must then go over the table and back to standing on the side they started on
Paper Ball Target Throw
- Using scrap paper, each player gets 3 paper balls (use colors or symbols on paper to show each players)
- 4 targets with concentric circles and labelled points (like an archery board)
- Split players equally between boards)
- Each player takes it in turns to throw 1 ball at a time (you can knock other players paper balls off)
- Player with the most points at the end of 3 balls each wins
- Note: encourage students to bring water to this station as it is a ‘resting’ station