Lincoln-Erdman Health and Wellness News for Students and Families

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					                       Lincoln-Erdman Health and Wellness News
                                 Students and Families
                                           February Newsletter
                       The Health and Wellness newsletter is being sent to you from the
                   Lincoln-Erdman Environmental & Fitness Trail (LEEF-Trail) Committee.

Keeping children and youth turned on to physical activity is one of the biggest challenges facing parents and
schools. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association for Sport and
Physical Education (NASPE) are among those organizations recommending that children and youth participate
in a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Yet almost half of young people aged 12-21 and
more than a third of high school students do not participate in vigorous physical activity on a regular basis. The
lack of physical activity among Americans of all ages is so critical. It is actually considered to be a major
health risk factor, second only to tobacco use.

The LEEF Trail Committee, with the support of you, our parents, is among a growing number of Americans
who are choosing to make a few simple changes to incorporate more physical activity into the daily lives of our
children. We are pleased that with personal and business donations in addition to receiving special grants our
school is able to continue offering monthly yoga and aerobic classes for your children. With the incentive
program offered to the children we find that the half-mile LEEF Trail is being used beyond our expectations and
dreams. As of this time, we have over 85% of the students who have walked to the first level incentive of 15
miles. As the children know, we will have a school wide celebration when all children reach the first 15-mile
goal. Check with your child to see if he or she is one of the students who have reached the goal. Please be sure
to congratulate him or her for their dedication toward meeting this goal. We also have 5 children who have
walked all of Northeast Wisconsin (105) and are on their way to walking across WI to La Crosse.
Congratulations to those 5 walkers for their outstanding effort.

Many parents want to do things as a family but time always is an issue. Others ask, “How do I get started
during the winter months?” Here are a couple of suggestions. 1. Try a few safe balancing activities or quick
aerobics/yoga activities during TV commercials. Your children will be able to offer a couple ideas. 2. Have a
tasting party to introduce your family to new fruits and vegetables during supper. 3. Play addition or
subtraction math counting calories of snacks consumed after the supper hour. Then calculate or discuss how
many minutes of exercise it takes to burn off those same calories. 4. Have children help plan meals that are
well balanced. 5. Do word games such as, how many words can you make out of specific names of several
fruits and vegetables? 6. Turn off the TV, computer, and all electronic games a couple nights each week and try
a family walk at night in the snow. 7. Create a game using food labels to determine the best low calorie meal
that the family will enjoy. 8. Get off the couch to change the TV channel manually rather than using the
remote. 9. Have children make their own well-balanced lunch without using
pre-packaged foods.

Don’t forget to join us for a walk on the half-mile LEEF-Trail or
increase your upper body strength using the fitness cours
Lunch Box Or Not
PB & J Extreme

Heads-up: many schools don’t allow PB & J in the
lunchrooms anymore because some kids are super
allergic to peanuts. So check first before packing it
in the lunch box. If you can’t have it at school,                 Healthy snacks can help you grow,
serve it at home for a weekend lunch or even                        even when you’re on the go!
breakfast!                                                           Choose as wisely as can be-
                                                                       It’s as easy as A-B-C !
2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter                       Apple slices with cinnamon
2 slices whole-wheat bread, toasted                      Broccoli with low-fat dip
½ banana, thinly sliced                                  Carrot and celery sticks
                                                         Dried fruit
2 slices crispy cooked turkey bacon, crumbled            English muffin with pizza sauce
  Drizzle of honey                                       Fruit juice pop
                                                         Granola bar
  Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
                                                         Honeydew melon
                                                         Ice milk
Spread the peanut butter on 1 slice of the toast.        Lettuce and tomato salad
Arrange the banana slices on top of the peanut           Milkshake with fruit, nonfat yogurt and milk
butter, drizzle with honey, then sprinkle with           Orange slices
cinnamon. Top with bacon crumbles and then the           Pretzels
second slice of bread. Cut corner to corner to make      Quesadilla (with low-fat cheese)
4 triangles.                                             String cheese
                                                         Turkey slices
                                                         Unbuttered popcorn
Serves 1
                                                         Veggie pizza
                                                         Whole grain bagel with jam
                                                        eXotic fruit (try mango or papaya!)
                                                         Yogurt (low-fat with fruit)
                                                         Zoo animal crackers

From “lunch boxes that rock and snack-attackers”        From “The Positive Line #79930”