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Tips for Keeping Your Kids Fit During the Off Season

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Fit During the Off Season

Coach Walls serves up some effective ways to help kids fight obesity all year long, and improve their game

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 people between the ages of 6 to 19 has obesity, which is excess body fat. A contributing factor to this problem is taking in more calories than are being burned. While it’s recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, many are falling short. There are millions of young people who participate in sports, but when their season is over for their sport of choice, they often don’t know what to do to keep fit until it starts back up again. The good news is there are things parents can do to help their kids keep fit during the off season.

LearningRx of Reston, Va., and Vienna/Tysons Corner, Va. Announce Winners of President’s Day Contest

LearningRx of Reston, Va., and Vienna/Tysons Corner, Va. Announce Winners of President’s Day Contest

Two local students, Toni Birnett , 16, of Arlington, Va., and John Blysak, 13 of Herndon, Va., earned first place for reciting the 45 U.S. Presidents sequentially in less than a minute at their local LearningRx brain training centers in Vienna/Tysons Corner, Va. and Reston, Va., respectively, as part of LearningRx’s annual Presidents Day contest.  Birnett was able to recite the U.S. Presidents within a minute while jumping rope, while Blysak did it while balancing on a board and juggling. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

The contest is designed to encourage kids across the country to create videos that demonstrate the memory and focus skills they improved with LearningRx brain training.

BASIS Independent McLean Celebrates Its Second Annual International Day

BASIS Independent McLean Celebrates Its Second Annual International Day

BASIS Independent McLean’s (BIM) Parent Community Association (PCA) hosted its 2nd Annual International Day to celebrate cultures around the world and in the school community. The PCA transformed BASIS Independent McLean’s cafeteria, the Great Hall, into five continents:  Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. The event brought together students, parents and faculty to celebrate the school’s diverse community. For more information about BASIS Independent McLean, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com/.

“This is a great first community event of the new year because it brings families from all grades together in celebration of the diversity of our families and different cultural traditions,” said Ron Kim, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean of McLean, Va.

Metropolitan School of the Arts to Perform Nutcracker Dec. 1, Dec. 2 in Annandale

Metropolitan School of the Arts to Perform Nutcracker Dec. 1, Dec. 2 in Annandale

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria, Va. will present their annual MSA Nutcracker on Fri., Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 2 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale Campus at 8333 Little River Turnpike. Nutcracker ticket prices range from $26 to $28 and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Audiences can join Clara and her Nutcracker in a magical journey from her Victorian home through the Land of Snow and into the Land of Sweets. The performance features a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 100 dancers, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.

BASIS Independent McLean Summer Camp Focuses on Social Justice

BASIS Independent McLean Summer Camp Focuses on Social Justice

 

Back-to-School Busy Schedules Call for Simple Family Meals

Back-to-School Busy Schedules Call for Simple Family Meals

The Nutrition Journal reports that Americans have shifted toward eating out more and cooking at home less. With busy work and back-to-school schedules, many parents find it difficult to find the time to make home-cooked meals. Yet the American Journal of Preventative Medicine reports that the amount of time spent on food preparation and cooking may have implications for ones overall diet quality and health, and that a greater amount of time spent on home food preparation is associated with a higher diet quality. The good news is that parents who are juggling back-to-school hours and work can fit in healthy home-cooked meals that are quick to prepare, nutritious, and delicious.