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New Goal - 100 healthy snacks
May31 , 2004
NEARING THE END
Week 9 has gone by. We're almost at the end of our 10-week session. The kids can cover a mile and they've gotten the healthy snack message.
This week, I let them go during running. Their challenge was to complete 4 or more laps and to pace themselves as they wished. Of course, the suggested method was to start out easy and then pick up the pace during the last couple of laps, but this was only "suggested". They were to be responsible and count their own laps, be careful when passing, and take walking breaks if they needed them. All this would ready them for our next week's 1-K fun runs.
As of Thursday, we were at 49 healthy snacks for the two club sessions. With only one week to go, it will be tough to meet our goal (now of 100 healthy snacks), that is unless many of the children bring in a healthy snack. It's often hard to define healthy snacks for the kids. Fresh fruits and vegetables are easy. It's harder to define the "carbs" and packaged snacks like granola bars. This first week, I was lenient with the "stickers" for our bulletin board chart, but next week I'll be a little stricter on what to count as a healthy snack.
We still have one week left of club, but I'm already starting to look back over the weeks with a bit of nostalgia. We've come a long way, both farther and further than the 500 miles we've traveled. The children can space and pace themselves. The healthy eating is beginning to catch on and while a few kids have dropped out of the club, by far the vast majority return each week and will be ready to earn their yellow ribbons at the last club session. We also have two after-club fun runs planned. Rain is in the forecast so it will be only the hardy, I suppose, who join us at our fun runs.
With just one week left, I'm planning and anticipating next year's club - thinking about what should remain the same and what should change, but while there will be some changes, these things will remain: healthy snacks, simple tracking charts for mileage and healthy eating, my book (Happy Feet, Healthy Food) for the club reader and journal, running and walking, fun runs, and as many children as we can accommodate. Changes? - more parent involvement, more home-school communication, and goals of healthy eating and mileage to start at day one.
Happy Feet, Healthy Food, Your Child's First Journal of Exercise and Healthy Eating
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