#IC #Sponsored: @BGCA_Clubs #TriplePlay10 A Game Plan for the Mind, Body, & Soul

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As most of my readers know, I recently made some serious lifestyle changes and lost over 40 pounds. (Actually, I’m at 50 pounds gone now!) Some of those changes included changing my eating habits and moving more. As a mom of 8, it is so important to me that my kids learn early the need to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and form meaningful friendships.


That’s why I am SO excited about the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play program. It’s something I want my kids to know about.

Did you know that nearly 3 out of every 10 kids in the US are either overweight or obese? That breaks my heart! It is so important that we teach our kids and teens to be healthy, active, and to know they can achieve great things – now and in the future!

BGCA has garnished support from partners The Coca-Cola Company and BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia Foundation as well as the Amerigroup Foundation for the Triple Play Program. The clubs provided by BGCA are there to help build the next generation of leaders by motivating today’s kids to be healthy. Some ways they do this are through nutrition and health education, better access to healthy foods, how to avoid risky behaviors, and a lifelong commitment to being fit and active.

Download the Triple Play Parent Game Plan

I recently downloaded the Triple Play Parent Game Plan for my crew, and I’m so glad we did! My kids and I had such a fun afternoon focusing on our minds, bodies, and souls!

The first thing we did was focus on our minds. We did this by talking about making better eating choices and then I asked the kids some questions about what we discussed.


Some of the questions were tough, and the kids really had to think about them. But, they did great for the most part, and I was really proud of them. Since I made my own healthy lifestyle changes, the kids have really picked up on it and understand why we don’t eat the cakes, cookies, doughnuts, chips, and other junk foods we did before.

After we spent some time focusing our minds, we moved on to our bodies. (Get it? We moved on? Ha. I’m so funny!) We got our bodies moving – ALL of us! That’s right, even me! If I’m going to encourage my kids to be healthy and active, I must SHOW them first. This is not a “do as I say, not as I do” type of situation. This is a “let me be your example and show you how to do it” situation.

We started with a rousing game of Frogs in the Pond. Oh my goodness. This was so crazy, it was FUN! Here’s how it works:

First, one person gets to be Kermit. (In our first game, it was Jace.) Everyone else gathers around Kermit, placing one finger on his arms, legs, or back.


On the leader’s signal, all the players become frogs and start jumping. Kermit jumps around, trying to tag a frog. Once you get tagged, you become a prince or a princess and get the power to tag other frogs with a wand.


Once everyone has been tagged, you start the game over with a new Kermit.

Man, we had FUN! The kids loved watching Mom jump around like a goofball, and that made them laugh and jump even harder and faster!

After several rounds of Frogs in the Pond, we decided to focus on our souls for a little bit to have fun, strengthen relationships, and increase our confidence.

We did this first by playing a game of “Auto Trip.”


It starts like this: All the players but one sit in a circle. Each seated player is assigned a part of an automobile: tires, steering wheel, gas tank, door, dashboard, etc.

The player in the center begins to tell a story about a trip driving the car. Each time a specific part of the car is mentioned, the person assigned to that part gets up and follows the storyteller around. Soon, you have a long line of car parts following the storyteller around.


When the storyteller yells, “BLOWOUT!” each player has to rush to get a seat. The player left without a seat becomes the new storyteller and the old storyteller is assigned that player’s car part.

I loved this game for the fact it made my kids think about the other kids, include them in the story, and they had to work together to make sure there was a new storyteller each time.


BGCA wants to combat the growing rate of childhood obesity in our nation’s children through the Triple Play program. Every child should participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity that lasts at least 60 minutes every day, yet only about one quarter of kids in the US (between the ages of 12 – 15) are meeting that recommendation. That is a scary statistic, people! We have GOT to do better as parents at keeping our kids active!

The Triple Play Program launched in 2005, and has made close to 10 million connections with kids since then to share the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition through the three components of mind, body, and soul.

Parents, PLEASE read more about the Triple Play program and download the Parent Game Plan. You’ll find all the activities I mentioned in my post and so many more! You won’t regret it, and you might just have as much fun as we did!

I’m looking forward to pulling out the Parent Game Plan again soon and doing some more of the fantastic activities. I hope you’ll do the same.

Rally for Recess with Danimals! Rafflecopter #Giveaway


Did you know that schools all across the nation are cutting recess times due to limited resources? In the past 20 years, children have lost an average of 8 hours of recess a week. There are even some schools that no long provide any type of play time for students. {And they wonder why there’s such an issue with childhood obesity? Seriously?} According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the lack of playtime is a crisis and is leading to a growing epidemic of childhood obesity. {See? That’s what I thought, and I’m not even a pediatrician.} Government and public health agencies recommend that children engage in a minimum of 60 minutes of mild to strenuous activity each day.

To help rally moms and kids around this cause, Dannon® Danimals® is launching a national initiative called “Rally for Recess.”

“Rally for Recess” is designed to create healthy competition, pitting school against school. Five schools have the opportunity to win new playground equipment AND an all-day recess celebration.

Danimals is committed to child health and wellness, which starts with good nutrition and an active lifestyle. That’s why they offer nutritious on-the-go dairy drinks and low-fat yogurts containing calcium for kids.

Now through February 8, 2012, you can find codes on Danimals packaging to enter and register. The top five schools in each of the categories that have the most codes registered win!

For more information on the Dannon Danimals Rally for Recess initiative, visit their website: www.RallyforRecess.com

 To help promote the Rally for Recess campaign, I’m giving away a Dannon Danimals Prize Pack to one lucky reader! The winner will receive a Danimals branded Soccer Ball and Drawstring Bag.

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter gadget below.

Disclaimer: The information and prize has been provided by YouCast on behalf of Dannon’s Rally for Recess Campaign. They are also sponsoring the giveaway and will fulfill the prize to the winner selected. I have not been compensated for this post in any way.

Sources of information for this post:
i Ginsburg, Kenneth. “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds.” PEDIATRICS. 119.1 (2007): 182-191. Print.
ii Elkind, David. “Can We Play?” Greater Good 2008: Web. <greatergood.berkeley.edu>
iii Ginsburg, Kenneth. “The Importance of Play in Promoting Health Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent Child Bond.” PEDIATRICS. 119.1 (2007): 182-191. Print.
iv “Building ‘Generation Play’: Addressing the Crisis of Inactivity Among America’s Children.” Stanford Prevention Research Center Stanford University School of Medicine. (2007): Print.

Hershey’s Track & Field Games {#myblogspark #Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Friday, April 22 at 11:59pm EST.

HERSHEY®’S Track & Field GamesFor most of us, Spring has sprung. It’s time to get our weary bones up off the couch and back outside. No more excuses for not exercising, it’s time to get healthy! Our kids are looking to us as guidance. If we teach them to get up and move at a young age, they’re much more likely to live a healthy lifestyle when they’re older.

Since 1978, Hershey’s, (you know, the awesome chocolate company!),has helped more than 10 million children get active and learn sportsmanship, hard work, dedication, and more of these types of valuable lessons with the HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games. In these games, thousands of boys and girls – ages 9 to 14 – from nearly 4,000 North American communities will compete this Spring and Summer in track and field events with no cost of entry! All kids need to join in is a pair of shoes! Events include the standing long jump, a softball throw, and a variety of running and relay races. Each one is designed to get kids up and moving.

In August, the HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games will hold it’s North American Final Meet in Hershey, PA. This final meet host 450 outstanding participants in a fun and exciting, all-expenses paid weekend trip to Hershey. Not only will these children participate in the final events, but they will also get to tour the world’s largest chocolate factory, visit Hersheypark Amusement Park, and take part in other exciting activities. It’s sure to be a weekend they’ll never forget! At the final meet, Nine-time Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis and Olympic Decathlon Legend Rafer Johnson will return as HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games ambassadors this year.

That’s not all HERSHEY® is doing, either, to encourage physical activity from kids and their families. They are teaming up with the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program to collect old, worn-out athletic shoes. These shoes will be recycled into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces, as well as select Nike products. Those that participate in the HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games will be invited to bring used athletic shoes to their state and provincial meets to help with the program. A HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games playground will be awarded to a participating local community as part of the program’s work with the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program. (To date, the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program has recycled more than 25 million pairs of athletic shoes into Nike Grind since the early 1990s!)

Now, it’s time for you t lace up your child’s favorite pair of sneakers and cheer them on at the finish line!

You can learn more about the  HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games, and find an event in your area by visiting www.hersheystrackandfield.com.

To get you even more pumped up about the HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games, I’m giving one lucky winner a fabulous HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games prize pack, which includes a drawstring backpack, visor, water bottle and rubber band shoelace stoppers. This prize pack would be a great way to encourage your kids to get up and move!

My family received the same prize pack listed above, and my kids love it! The water bottle has a clip on it that attaches to bike handles. Jace won’t get on his bike now without having the water bottle hooked on, filled up, and ready to go! I’m all about getting my kids to get out and get moving, and this prize pack is a great way to help them do just that.

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