Saturday, February 12, 2011

Contest for Middle School Students! Think of New Ways to Move or Keep Healthy

Calling All Middle School Science Enthusiasts

Want to encourage your students' interest in science? Discovery Education and 3M are sponsoring a science competition for students in grades five to eight. To enter the 2011 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, middle school students are encouraged to create a one- to two-minute video that shows a possible new approach to one of the following everyday concerns: The Way We Move, The Way We Keep Ourselves Healthy, or The Way We Make a Difference.

The video should show how the topic impacts the student, his or her family and community, or the global population. The idea must be a new solution to the problems underlying the explored topic. The video should explain "the science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics behind the innovation," and show how it could address problems and also have a broader impact locally or globally. Complete rules, submission guidelines, and tips can be found at

Each video will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the basis of creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness, and overall presentation. Production values will not be one of the judging criteria, so students can film their projects on basic digital cameras or even on cell phones. Entries must be submitted online no later than April 15, 2011.

The top ten finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN, to compete in the finals. They will also have the chance to work virtually with a 3M scientist during a summer mentorship program where they will be "challenged to create an innovation that solves a problem in society." The first prize winner will receive $25,000 and a trip from Discovery Student Adventures. The remaining finalists will each be awarded $1,000 and a pocket video camera.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Top 6 Calorie Burning Workouts

When I first saw this, I thought it was purely for adults; however, much of it can be applied to kid's fitness as well. Here's an article on Yahoo's website about the top 6 calorie burning workouts. Some of my favorite workouts are listed. The top workout -- Kickboxing! I used to take a Turbo Kick class at the Holladay-Lions Rec Center that I LOVED! However, sadly it's not offered any more. Other activities in the top 6 include cycling, ZUMBA!, jumping rope, aerobic step classes, and running. Being a group fitness kind of gal, I lean towards the classes; however, nothing could be easier than picking up a jump rope or going for a run.

How this relates to kid's fitness? Well, first of all kids can easily jump rope and have a blast doing it. Pick up a book at the library on jump rope rhymes to make it even more fun! Kids love to play tag - and that's a whole lot of running. Encourage your kids to try different kinds of tag games and have them be creative and come up with ideas of their own. Also encourage bike riding - a great family activity to share!

Lastly, ZUMBA! -- my favorite cardio activity -- is made completely kid-friendly and fun in specialized ZumbAtomic classes. I teach Tuesdays at 4:30pm at GymJam Fitness and Dance in Holladay and Thursdays at 5:00pm at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. Kid's dance, move and have so much fun and burn lots of calories without even realizing it!

While top-calorie burining workouts are not exactly what comes to mind when thinking about kids and fitness, it is important for kids to stay active and healthy. These ideas provide some fun and easy ways to do this as adults and kids.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Party Hearty - Zumbathon for the American Heart Association

Come "ZUMBA with Someone You Love" and join us to raise funds for the American Heart Association. There will be 4 instructors and we are ready to Party Hearty!

Friday, February 11

Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center
7500 South 2700 East

Tickets: Per Person: $5 in advance, $8 at the door
Families*: $20 in advance, $30 at the door
Tickets available at Cottonwood Heights Rec Center.
*Children are welcome to attend when accompanied by a responsible adult.

For more information, email Anna @ or call the Cottonwood Heights Rec Center at 801-943-3190.