It's no secret that our country is struggling in the "being healthy" department. Obesity is a problem in America, built upon a foundation of bad habits passed down from generation to generation (as well as a food system wrought with GMO's, additives, trans fats, food dyes and more). We're fighting an uphill battle as adults, and if we don't fight hard, it will be an ever worse battle for our kids. ((DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THAT PART. LOL))
I'm working on my health, because I know I have 2 small sets of eyes that watch everything I do. From the words that come out of my mouth to the food I put into my body, they are watching. I need to be a good example. Healthy eating and physical fitness must be a part of the whole message I am sending to my kids.
One of the trends that I've seen hit the shelves this year in toys is the devices to get CHILDREN up and OFF the couch! I had a chance to show my kids and some of my mom friends that being fit can be FUN (and taste good too)! I got to throw a Fit Made Fun Party to celebrate Fit Made Fun Day with LeapFrog and CLIF Kids bars. LeapFrog, one of my favorite educational technology brands, sent us their latest gadget, the LeapBand to test out.
A LeapBand is a wearable activity tracker that encourages kids to get active with customizable virtual pet pals. The kids LOVED these little pet pals, and easily took on the challenges that were thrown their way. Boys love any opportunity to "earn points," so this group of kids couldn't wait to get enough points to unlock virtual rewards for their pets!
Seriously - it was amazing how these LeapBands got the boys (and one girl) on their feet and moving around. They didn't even know they were being "physically fit." The best kind of exercise is the kind that doesn't FEEL like exercise - it feels FUN, right?!?!
We played. Ran around the house, played some more, took turns with the LeapBands, fought over the LeapBands, played some more and then it was snack time. LeapFrog partnered with CLIF Kid Zbar protein bars for this event so we had those and some fruit. The CLIF Kid Zbars are are a delicious whole grain protein snack. You'll be floored with all the nutritional kid-friendly goodness CLIF packs into these babies! Loved by all.... INCLUDING myself. MMMmmm. (Don't tell them that I hid the peanut butter flavored box for myself, k?)
Learn more about how you can fitness FUN for you and your family! Connect with LeapFrog and CLIF Kid on Facebook! @LeapFrog is also on Twitter.
Now I'd love to hear from YOU:
How do YOU prioritize healthy eating and fitness in your house? In what ways do you work to be an example to your kids?
Leave a comment - inspire me!
LeapFrog, CLIF & others provided me with these products for review. Otherwise all opinions are my own.