Monday, December 27, 2010

Healthy Message to Send to Your Kids about Moving #5

Running around or playing sports with friends is a great way to be active and spend time together. Being social doesn't have to mean sitting still. You can talk and have a good time while you're on the move.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Healthy Message to Send to Your Kids about Moving #4

Physical activity is one of the best stress-busters around! Whether you take a walk when you're upset or climb a tree after a tough day at school, doing something active will help you decompress, let off some steam and boost your mood.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Healthy Message to Send to Your Kids about Moving #3

Getting physical can help you do better in school. Research suggests that regular physical activity can improve attention and concentration in school. And, maybe even help their performance on tests and improve grades.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Healthy Message to Send to Your Kids about Moving #2

A strong, fit body is a healthy body. Emphasizing this fact helps take the focus off weight and appearance and puts it where it belongs -- on health and fitness.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Healthy Message to Send to Your Kids about Moving #1

Moving simply feels good. When your body is moving, you can simply bask in the freedom of movement -- exploring the space around you and streching muscles that feel stiff or unused.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

ZumbAtomic December Discount at Cottonwood Heights Rec Center

Join us in December for a 2-for-1 discount on ZumbAtomic classes at CHRC. It's great Zumba dancing fun for kids ages 6 and up. Bring in this post or grab a flyer at the Rec Center and come with a friend to check out ZumbAtomic and get your 2-for-1.

Hope to see you movin' and groovin' soon!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Zumba Zombies

Join me at Cottonwood Heights Rec Center on October 28 at 5pm for a special Halloween edition of ZumbAtomics - - - we'll be Zumba Zombies! It'll be a thrilling good time . . . .

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dr. Oz's Favorite Health Tips for Children

In the lastest edition of Children's Health Magazine, Dr. Oz lists his 5 top health tips for parents.

By Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Besides heart surgery, my great professional passion is working with a group called HealthCorps—a program that places energetic, healthy young people in high schools, where they help students live better, healthier lives. Its message stresses mental resilience and the notion that even kids have the power to control their bodies and the world around them.

My wife, Lisa, and I have tried to impart that message to our own four children—the true joys of our lives—and I stress it to my viewers on The Dr. Oz Show. We parents have to be role models. I've distilled what I've learned along the way into these five ultimate health tips for kids.

1. Play with your food. Child obesity is a devastating health crisis. But so often the message for kids is strictly negative: "Don't eat junk food!" "Don't watch too much television!" Don't. Don't. Don't. The message about food needs to be positive if you want your kids to eat right for a lifetime. You've got to offer healthy foods that are fun, colorful, and interactive. Remember that kids want to discover, not to be told, so let them seek out their favorite colorful fruits and vegetables—foods that are packed with flavonoids and carotenoids to keep them healthy.

2. Eat that fat. The human brain is about 60 percent fat, which is one reason I encourage people to include healthy fatty acids, especially omega-3's, in their diet. These are wonderful brain boosters for kids. Nuts and certain types of fish, such as salmon and mahi-mahi, are great sources. If your kids aren't into fish, try Kids' Krill Oil, which is packed with choline and DHA, nutrients essential to the developing brains.

3. Be a copycat. Research shows that children are quick to pick up on their parents' inconsistencies. If Dad is a couch potato, then telling the kids to go play outside is a lost cause. Mirror neurons will activate in your child's brain and he'll model those bad behaviors himself. Don't just say it, do it: Live. Right. Now. Your kids will follow. Start by getting outdoors. More than half of Americans, including kids, may be deficient in vitamin D. Make sure the whole family is getting their daily dose, either through supplements or roughly 15 minutes in the sun.

4. Put down that homework. And turn off the TV—especially after bedtime. Kids need about 10 to 11 hours of sleep per day between ages 3 and 12. Young children who don't get enough quality sleep have more academic and behavioral problems, including oppositional behavior, defiance, and hyperactivity. I tell my kids that they can always do homework tomorrow, but getting back growth-promoting sleep is impossible.

5. Talk back. Focus on your kids during a conversation. I believe the most important predictor of success and happiness as an adult is whether you know that your parents loved you. Not whether your parents loved you, but whether you knew it. Make that clear in what you say and how you act. It increases oxytocin levels, so your kids will feel safe and can learn better.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New Class at Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center

We'll be starting a class at Cottonwoods Heights beginning October 7! The cost is $5 for non-members and $4.50 for CHRC members. It's sure to be lots of fun!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Give Me Your Healthy Tips!

What do you do that's a healthy habit? Share your own healthy tips here and get a cool Zumba tattoo or sticker at the next class!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Healthy Eating - Stock Up on Healthy Foods

Kids, especially younger ones, will eat mostly what's available at home. That's why it's important to control the supply lines — the foods that you serve for meals and have on hand for snacks.

Follow these basic guidelines:

Work fruits and vegetables into the daily routine, aiming for the goal of at least five servings a day. Be sure you serve fruit or vegetables at every meal.

Make it easy for kids to choose healthy snacks by keeping fruits and vegetables on hand and ready to eat. Other good snacks include low-fat yogurt, peanut butter and celery, or whole-grain crackers and cheese.

Serve lean meats and other good sources of protein, such as fish, eggs, beans, and nuts.

Choose whole-grain breads and cereals so kids get more fiber.

Limit fat intake by avoiding deep-fried foods and choosing healthier cooking methods, such as broiling, grilling, roasting, and steaming. Choose low-fat or nonfat dairy products.

Limit fast food and low-nutrient snacks, such as chips and candy. But don't completely ban favorite snacks from your home. Instead, make them "once-in-a-while" foods, so kids don't feel deprived.

Limit sugary drinks, such as soda and fruit-flavored drinks. Serve water and low-fat milk instead.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

ZumbAtomic Mood Rings

If you are "in the mood" for ZumbAtomic and received a ring at class today, here's how it (supposedly) works:

Dark blue: Happy, romantic or passionate
Blue: Calm or relaxed
Blue-green: Somewhat relaxed
Green: Normal or average
Amber: A little nervous or anxious
Gray: Very nervous or anxious
Black: Stressed, tense or feeling harried

I should have included the meaning with the rings . . . but my mood ring would have appeared a little black today before class.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tips for Increasing Physical Activity

In class today, we talked about ways to "sparkle and shine" through choosing to be active. It was great to hear about all the bike riding, hiking and swimming that had been happening during the week! And one child had gone on a 7 mile run - wow! The best part was seeing how excited the kids were about being active and how it made them feel good about themselves. It's a reminder that, as parents, we need to get our kids moving - it's good for the body, mind and soul!

Here are some tips for increasing physical activity for you child (many are great tips for grown-ups as well!):

  • Encourage your child to move at every opportunity.
  • Create an environment for active play both inside and outside the home.
  • Participate in activities the whole family can enjoy together.
  • Expose your child to as many different kinds of activities as possible in a non-intimidating environment.
  • Provide opportunities for your child to climb, run and jump to develop muscular strength and bone density.
  • Reserve a specific time each weekend dedicated to fun family fitness activities.
  • Don't draw attention to sedentary activities with negative comments - instead, praise your children when they choose active play.
  • Be a good role model - set a good example by participating in healthy physical activities.
  • Enroll your child in a structured dance, sport or movement class (such as ZumbAtomic!)

*Tips adapted from Trim Kids by Melinda S. Sothern, Kristian von Almen, and Heidi Schumacher

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Zumba Stars

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Friday, June 11, 2010

ZA Kids Tip of the Day

In ZA class today, we talked about ways to stay healthy and fit. Here are some excellent tips straight from the kids: run around outside, eat fruit and veggies, do back flips and jumps, don't watch TV, ride bikes, go hiking, don't eat too much candy, hula hoop on the Wii and drink lots of water. Smart kids!

Another way is by coming to ZA classes! We had lots of fun today and each child received a crazy straw because they are crazy about ZumbAtomic and to remind them to stay hydrated and drink lots of water.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Classes Start Tomorrow, June 10!

I am excited to start class tomorrow for the "Big Starz" and on Friday for the "Little Starz". We'll decide what songs we want to use as our warm up and cool down, work on several dances and play some ZumbAtomic games.

I look forward to meeting everyone and having lots of Zumba fun!

Free Class and $20 4-class Punch Card

Print off this post and bring it in for a FREE class and a discounted $20 4-class punch card. Come give ZumbAtomic a try! It's a great workout, but so much fun, you don't realize it!
Thursdays at 10:30am - Preteen/Teens (ages 9 and up)
Fridays at 9:00am - Ages 4 and up
Studio Cove Fitness ** 3939 South Wasatch Boulevard ** 801-998-8113

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summer Zumbatomic at Studio Cove

Kids love Zumba! Zumbatomic is a specially designed class for children using the Zumba fitness concept taught by a licensed instructor. Zumbatomic is a 100% kid-friendly mix of songs, dances, games and energy that comes together for a fun, healthy program!

June 10-August 6

Thursdays at 10:30am - Ages 9-12
Fridays at 9:00am - Ages 4-10

Class Fees:

8 class punch card - $56
4 class punch card - $30
Drop In Rate - $8

15% discount if purchased before June 1.
10% discount for siblings.

Studio Cove Fitness
3939 S. Wasatch Blvd.
(Olympus Hills Center)
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

Class instructor Anna Zanarini is a certified Zumbatomic instructor with more than 15 years experience working with children as a librarian and teacher.

For more information, contact Anna at 801-971-6184 or or contact Studio Cove at 801-998-8113.