We are proud to partner with Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative to get our Northern Virginia kids moving. From time to time we hold events to help promote sports, wellness, exercise and outdoor activities.
Check back soon for more events near you!
Sports Health & Fitness Expo - April 6, 2013
Fit Kids participated in the Expo at the Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling, VA. Fun, Free Fitness Activities were offered to all attendees.
NBC 4 Health and Fitness Expo - March 16-17, 2013
On March 16th and 17th 2013, Fit Kids joined the NBC 4 20th Annual Health & Fitness Expo at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington DC. Thousands of children ascended the Fit Kids Fun Zones over the span of two days! Fit Kids offered several activities: Wacky Relays with bouncing hot dogs and ponies, Hula Hoopla, Bean Bag Toss, and Parachute Palooza. Along with the Fitness Zones, Fit Kids also emphasized the importance of good nutrition. Children could draw their very own My Plate to take home, and also enjoyed playing a sorting game with various fruits and vegetables.
Fit Kids once again partnered with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition who set up an agility obstacle course filled with agility ladder, hoops, and hurdles.
Fit Kids had a memorable experience at the Health & Fitness Expo and hope to take part again next year!
Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run - October 2012
On Saturday, October 27, 2012, Fit Kids partnered with the Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. Fit Kids hosted Fitness Fun Zones that got the children moving before and after their run. We offered a wide array of activities for the 3,600 runners. From various Relays, Basketball, Football, Obstacle courses, Hockey, and Hula Hoops. Our special guest was the USDA’s Power Panther mascot who helped charge up the kids for the run. In addition, Fit Kids had a nutrition station which included My Plate coloring and healthy eating games that helped children learn the importance of eating from all of the major food groups. We had a blast at The Healthy Kids Fun Run!
Pat the Rock - August 2012
This month, the Fit Kids DC™ Program brought Pat the Rock to Martha’s Table. Pat the Rock is considered the world’s best ball handler. As Cindy Anderson from Fit Kids DC commented, “he is great with the kids and has a fantastic teaching personality.” He emphasizes the importance of believing AIP: Anything Is Possible.
Pat the Rock showed of some of his skills and taught life lessons while playing games with the kids. He challenged one of the students to repeat his ball-handling skills, starting off easy and then taking the student by surprise on the third round with a very difficult pattern. The student watched in shock, but Pat the Rock told him the purpose of the activity was to see how he reacted. Pat said it would take a lot of practice to be able to learn the ball handling skills but that they could do it. He said “it is the same thing in life, you are going to have challenges and obstacles, but it is about how you react to the situation that matters.” He pointed out that reacting positively and being motivated can help you to achieve your goals.
They also played a group game, 'You’ve Been Tricked', and someone yelled out “let’s play again” as soon as they finished. One kid said his favorite part was “playing Pat the Rock one-on-one.”
Visit http://www.pattheroc.com/#/ to find out more about Pat the Rock, watch his videos, and read his blog.
The kids also got a lesson about healthy eating. Sydney Potter, the Fit Kids intern from George Mason University, taught the kids the inportance of eating whole grains vs. enriched.
Thank you to Fit Kids and Pat the Rock for the lessons you are teaching our kids and the smiles you brought!
Story and photos from Martha's Table website.
Peaches Donated to Childcare Center - July 9, 2012
Media Contact: Sydney Potter
Today with the help of our friends at Common Good City Farms, Fit Kids DC donated over 35 pounds of peaches to the Childcare Center at Martha's Table. Cindy Anderson, Fit Kids DC Executive Director said, "Today's donation is a part of our organization's deep commitment to helping children develop healthy lifestyle habits that include physical activity and healthy eating. Nothing says summer like a delicious peach with loads of Vitamin A. We are thrilled to have made this large donation of fruit to our partners at Martha's Table."
Martha's Table will give out the peaches to the children during snack time and during field trips later this week.
Let’s Move! came to Martha’s Table - June 22, 2012
Let’s Move! came to Martha’s Table with help from Fit Kids DC. The First Lady started the initiative in 2010 with the objective to end childhood obesity and improve the health of children in the United States.
The kids participated in many various activities around the playground including soccer, sports training drills, sac races, three legged races, frisbee tossing, and much more! The playground was full of smiles as they excitedly learned Zumba and danced with their teachers to music played by the Safe in the Streets DJ and MC.
President of Martha’s Table, Lindsey Bus said “Our Let’s Move! event was great because of the attention it brought to the important issue of childhood obesity and the fun and easy solutions it highlighted.
Guest speakers from The President’s Council on Fitness Sports & Nutrition and The office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and Aladdin from WPGC 95.5, talked to the kids as a large group about healthy habits.
Read entire article here.
Alice Deal flash mob dances for 'Let's Move!' - May 2012
From wjla.com: It's been two years since First Lady Michelle Obama began her "Let's Move!" campaign. To celebrate, students at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C. danced with some guys who can really move.
"They stay sitting all day. It's just a good opportunity for them to get up and get out and run," Jen Myers, with Fit Kids, said.
Joining thousands of other students nationwide in a flash mob workout, students danced side by side with D.C. pro athletes.
NFL Linebacker and former Washington Redskin Rocky McIntosh said, "I love to dance. Every time I make a play, I'm out there dancing."
The goal of Obama's program is to show children what they can accomplish with exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Myers added, "It gives the kids a great opportunity to see these players having fun doing what they're doing."
And at Alice Deal, they've made the teachings of the "Let's Move!" campaign a part of the curriculum.
"They know P.E. Is going to be sweating, they know they're getting their heart rate up," Neal Downing, the athletic director at Alice Deal, said.
After all the dancing was done, another mob formed. This time, for autographs.
See this story along with more photos from the event on WAT -AHH! NEWS!
Let's Move! Event - September 10, 2011
Fit Kids was at RFK Stadium for the Nation's Football Classic with FUN-ZONE Stations, Stage activities, WAT-AAH! Zumbatomic and More. Fit Kids was honored that the Surgeon General, Dr. Benjamin, was our guest speaker for Let's Move!
WAT-AAH! functional water for kids provided children with water for hydration during the event and fun activities that kept the kids active and moving!
Dancing, Tumbling and Zumba-ing at the Living Well Expo - June 19, 2011
(View original article plus photos on Reston.Patch.com)
If you’ve dreamed of dancing the Macarena with Redskins cheerleaders, taking an outdoor Zumba class or learning a cartwheel from a state gymnastics champion, Friday evening and Saturday would have been your chance at the second annual Living Well Expo.
Part of the Taste of Reston event at the Reston Town Center, the Living Well Expo encouraged attendees to eat healthy and be fit with more than 30 vendors, including Honest Tea, Loebig Chiropractic and Rehab and Fitness First Health Clubs. There were also nine demonstrations on two stages, all taking place in the Presidents Park area, overlooking the amusement rides of the carnival.
Friday evening, the Fit Kids Let’s Move dance team, along with four Redskins cheerleaders, led the crowd in the Cha-Cha, the Macarena and Cotton-Eye Joe. Even early evening raindrops did not dampen the dance party.
Saturday afternoon brought a lawn-full of people moving to Latin and world-beat music at the Zumba demonstration.
Rachel Muskopf, a licensed Zumba instructor, explained the Zumba tagline: “Join the Party, Ditch the Workout.” “Zumba incorporates a broad array of dance styles,” said Muskopf, who uses a variety of African, Latin and international music in her classes. “With Zumba, you’re supposed to feel the music; people have fun.”
Across the lawn, at the second stage, students from the Northern Virginia Gymnastics Academy demonstrated their gymnastics moves for the crowd. Head coaches and founders Mike and Faith Comini have run the academy for the last 25 years and spotted their students down the mat as they performed front walkovers and round-off, double-back handsprings.
“Coach Faith has always been there for me,” said Brittany Bishop, an academy student for the last seven years. Her teammate, Katie Hassler, agreed, “It’s a really friendly environment; it’s a fun place to be.”
Also taking the stages during the event were children's musical group Rocknoceros; a "Body Combat and Pump" class; and an appearance by celebrity personal trainer Joel Harper.
Let's Move! Event - June 17, 2011
Fit Kids was at the Reston Town Center for the 2011 Living Well Expo on Friday June 17 and partnered with First Lady
Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to get our kids moving! A concert was held by Rocknoceros and
we Exercised with Radio Disney. Both joined in on the healthy fun to inspire everyone to LIVE WELL!
WAT-AAH! functional water for kids and exclusive beverage partner for Beyonce's Let's Move! Flash Workout Event provided children with water for hydration during the event and fun activities to help keep the kids active and moving!
There was also an appearance by the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders!
Visit www.livingwellvirginia.com for additional information.
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WAT-AAH! Joins Fit Kids With The Washington Redskin Cheerleaders At The 2011 Living Well Expo - June 16, 2011
WAT-AAH! is proud to join Fit Kids this Friday, June 17, for the 2011 Living Well Expo at the Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia. In support of Mrs. Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, WAT-AAH! and Fit Kids will teach the children of Northern Virginia about healthy hydration, nutritious food consumption, and the significance of active lifestyles.
WAT-AAH! and Fit Kids will be located on the Movement and Activity Stage of the Living Well Expo. A music concert will be held featuring Rocknocerous and Exercise with Radio Disney. The main event will include hundreds of kids partaking in Beyonce's "Move Your Body" workout routine, led by the Washington Redskin Cheerleaders. This routine was created for Beyonce and Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Flash Workout event, which WAT-AAH! was named the exclusive beverage partner. WAT-AAH! will be supplied to hydrate all of the kids and families involved in this community movement.
Let's Move! Event - March 19, 2011
Fit Kids partnered with Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative and held an event which included FREE classes for kids in conjunction with the Claude Moore Recreation Center's "Outdoor Sports-Indoors", a large indoor event to help promote sports, wellness, exercise and outdoors activities.
Families enjoyed demonstrations and viewed new products. The focus was on hiking, biking, skating, canoeing, kayaking and other healthy activities.
Tackling Childhood Obesity - March 2011
Tackling Childhood Obesity - Why this issue is such a problem and how a local group is trying to make a difference. Published by Michelle Fiscus in Herndon.Patch.com, March 18 2011.
The weekend is just around the corner. This weekend also happens to mark the start of spring.
The cold temperatures will give way to sunny days, perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, most of us will still sit in front of our laptops or televisions. It’s that behavior that children are adopting to the point of becoming a serious problem.
It’s such a concern that First Lady Michelle Obama made it her work to get kids more physically active. In February 2010, she started the Let’s Move! Campaign. It aims to address the physical and emotional health of our children.
That subject has permeated our society and resonated with the media for years. But, it’s more than just water cooler talk. Over the past three decades the childhood obesity rates have tripled. These children face a lifetime of problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.
In addition to all the physical problems, kids suffer from social issues. We all know kids can be mean. And the stress of being made fun of for weight related issues, takes it toll very early. Psychologists say these kids develop low self esteem. That contributes to academic and social problems which continue into adulthood.
How did we get in such a situation? Just 30 years ago, kids led lives that kept them at a healthy weight. Instead of walking to school, children are taking the bus or being chauffeured in cars. Many physical education and after school sports programs have fell victim to budget cuts. And not unlike the adult role models in their lives, kids are turning down time outside in order to spend more time in front of the TV, computer or a video game.
Parents who turn to quick fix fast food meals are also contributing to the problem. With so few healthy meals being cooked at home, kids are eating many more calories than they actually need. And even if meals are not an issue, children eat more snacks today than ever.
So when does a “chubby” child go from being a few pounds overweight to falling into the category of obese? The main tool used today is called the body mass index or BMI. It measures weight in relation to height. It’s not a perfect system. But, it can serve as a screening tool for health professionals.
There are several categories for kids. It takes into consideration height and weight but also sex, age and the physical changes that occur during puberty. Your physician can explain where your child ranks and whether or not he/she is at a healthy weight.
A local organization understands the need to get kids moving. The group is called Fit Kids and their goal is to provide a workout for the mind as well as the body. Their instructors are trained professionals who know how to get kids moving and enjoy working with children. The group is mostly in area preschools but they also have summer camps. The goal is always to get kids off the couch and participate in games or activities that promote movement.
The group is having an event this weekend at the Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While the event is indoors, it will stress wellness and exercise in our community, as well as give kids ideas on sports and games they can play outside.
It’s a great way to show kids physical activity can be fun and gives you a way to start a conversation with your child about the importance of diet and exercise on their health.