I am the co-leader of our local Girl Scouts troop and want to share an idea with the rest of you to help get your kids active. I am in charge of the Daisies, who are kindergarten and first graders.
The girls have all been wanting a patch that they could work on independently at home. After sifting through numerous options, I settled on the Shape Up! patch.
The Shape Up! patch is a 12-week program with two parts: Get Movin' and Eat Right. For the Get Movin' portion, the girls have to do at least 30 minutes of physical activities 3 times each week or more. They also have a chart they have to use to log what kind of activities they participated in. For the Eat Right portion, they have to log what kind of foods they eat/drink each day from 3 different categories: Veggies, Fruits and Natural Fruit Juices, and Milk and other Dairy Products.
If the girls complete the 12-week program successfully, they each earn the Shape Up! patch.
Now I know that you may or may not have girls or Girl Scouts, but this is something you could implement with your own children and offer a special reward at the end. If anyone is interested in the easy-to-use spreadsheets I created for my Daisies to do their logging on, feel free to message me and send me your email address.
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time" ~
Thomas A. Edison
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