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There are thousands of Call To Actions and Strategic Plans the talk about helping children and teens combat childhood obesity…yet 1 out of every 3 children in America is obese!  Actually 12.5 million children have been labeled obese in the last 10 years…whew! So if there are so many “Plans” to help kids get fit and live a healthy lifestyle...why are so many children obese?  We believe it is because many of the plans speak “at” and “about” children and teens but they do not speak “TO” students and teens! That’s a major disconnect!

Student leaders in the I’m A Star Foundation (ages 11-18) want to RE-CONNECT the DIS-CONNECT

#FitOvrFat provides an outlet for students (ages 11-18) to develop solutions and strategies to help our peers (and their families) overcome negative statistics and barriers and unleash our inner greatness.

 

#FitOvrFat provides an outlet for students (ages 11-18) to develop solutions and strategies to help our peers (and their families) overcome negative statistics and barriers and unleash our inner greatness.

 

Our Vision:  America’s youths will understand the negative effects of childhood obesity and are inspired to take responsibility for their health.

 

Our Mission: Produce a Call to Action and Strategic Plan, from a child’s perspective, which is embraced by children and spurs them to action.

It’s time to get to the point! It has been predicted that our generation might not live longer than our parents because of unhealthy diets and minimal physical activity. No parent should ever have to bury their child.  Obesity can be prevented!

 

CHOOSE FOOD WISELY

We hear a wise person once said “you are what you eat and drink”. Now while you won’t literally change into that food item, your body does physically change based on the type of vitamins or calories in the foods you continually eat. It is important to understand how different foods and drinks will impact your body

 

This is a website designed FOR students BY students

There are thousands of Call To Actions and Strategic Plans the talk about helping children and teens combat childhood obesity…yet 1 out of every 3 children in America is obese!  Actually 12.5 million children have been labeled obese in the last 10 years…whew! So if there are so many “Plans” to help kids get fit and live a healthy lifestyle...why are so many children obese?  We believe it is because many of the plans speak “at” and “about” children and teens but they do not speak “TO” students and teens! That’s a major disconnect!

Student leaders in the I’m A Star Foundation (ages 11-18) want to RE-CONNECT the DIS-CONNECT

#FitOverFat provides an outlet for students (ages 11-18) to develop solutions and strategies to help our peers (and their families) overcome negative statistics and barriers and unleash our inner greatness.

 

We hear a wise person once said “you are what you eat and drink”. Now while you won’t literally change into that food item, your body does physically change based on the type of vitamins or calories in the foods you continually eat. It is important to understand how different foods and drinks will impact your body

 

GET ACTIVE

YOU HAVE TO MOVE IT IF YOU WANT TO LOOSE IT!

One of the best ways to stay fit is to keep moving. There are several ways to stay active or busy to help in reducing weight and staying in overall good shape. Exercise, walk, actually participate in PE class, and our favorite…dance! All schools should have a dance for each grade at least twice per year. That’s a great idea to advocate for!

The U. S. Surgeon General believes that physical activity is one of the most important things Americans can do to improve their health.  The Step It Up Campaign calls for Americans to walk daily.  Walking can be done indoors or outdoors and does not require any special skills, equipment or facilities.

THE SURGEON GENERAL REALLY WANTS TO HELP US GET FIT!! Click here to view his plan  http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/walking-and-walkable-communities/

#10KADAY:

THE REAL DEAL:

Walking 10,000 steps a day is easier than you think.  You probably do close to that in a day walking from class to class.  The Benefits are real:  reduced waist size, increased energy, less risk for Type II diabetes and heart disease, lower BMI.

 

BE EMPOWERED

The key to being empowered is to ask in order to get the answers to your questions, and then to act responsibly when you know. Research; ask questions Online in a safe web environment or among friends. Participate in activities that support your decision to be healthy and active. There are schools and community organizations in every community that hold workshops and encourage health and wellness. Or, choose to start your own youth group. Being empowered means knowing enough to connect with others.

 

BMI CALCULATOR

THIS WILL GIVE YOU YOUR BODY MASS INDEX

STRESS LESS

Did you know, stressing about friends, family, boy/girlfriend issues and even school can affect your blood pressure? Increased blood pressure can trigger cholesterol issues. And stress can cause you to eat more snack type foods. We’ve all heard the guilty pleasure of cookies and ice cream. Now, there is nothing wrong with choosing to have a light snack of a couple cookies or a cup of ice cream. When you want to add in those types of snacks, pay attention to the amount you plan to eat and the reason. Use the food calculator to help you make sensible and healthy choices.  Sweets can be used as a treat, not as an excuse to feel better. When the burden of stress becomes frustrating, consider relaxing and even meditating.

STRESS BUSTERS

What has you stressed?? Is it parents’ divorce… bad grades… girlfriend/boyfriend drama…bullying????

 

Try these 10 Stress Busting tips from Psychology Today

Top 10 Stress Busters for Teens:

 

#1 Eat Healthy

#2 Sleep

If you truly want to reduce your stress levels, then you have to take care of yourself.  Begin by watching what you eat.  If you eat a lot of junk or even skip meals, then how on earth do you expect to perform your best? Just like a car needs good fuel to run your body also needs good fuel (nutrients) to run efficiently

Your body needs rest. According to the National Sleep Foundation (link is external) teens need between 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep. Don’t skip out on sleep because you have a lot to do. You will perform better if you get a good night’s rest. Sleep is your body’s automatic meditation mode. It helps you regroup and relax so you’ll be ready to tackle the next day’s tasks with a clearer mind.

#3 Get Moving

#4 Me Time

It’s not uncommon to get so bogged down that the last thing you want to do is get up and move. If you’re thinking “I don’t have time to exercise,” think again! A study recently published in the Journal of School Health (link is external) shows that just two hours of extra exercise each week can improve your school performance. So not only is exercise good for you, but it can help your grades. Sounds like a win/win situation.

Take some time out of your busy day and spend it with a very important person; yourself! You need time to relax and have fun. It's important to schedule some time into your busy day to do something you enjoy like:

• seeing a movie

• reading a book

• going shopping

• or hanging out with friends.

 

#5 Friend Time

#6 Find Balance

Don't give your friends the shaft when other things such as school, athletics, clubs, work, etc., consume your time. Friends serve an important role in helping you cope. Don't keep them out of your life because your busy. You need them.

Don’t take on more than you can accomplish at once. Find a way to balance all of the things that are on your plate. You can start by making a list and marking off anything that doesn’t need your immediate attention. Practice managing your time and prioritizing what needs to be done so that you can work smarter, not harder.

#7 Go Outside

#8 Take A Breath

How much time do you spend outside on a given day? If you said not much, then go outdoors! Research (link is external) has shown that being outside improves your mood (which can improve your performance). Just a few extra minutes each day can make a big difference.

One quick way to calm yourself quickly is to breathe. Oftentimes when you’re anxious you breathe from your chest rather than from your abdomen. When you breathe from your chest your breath is shallow and you don’t get the full benefit that a deep breath provides. Try this, lie on the floor and put one hand on your chest and one hand on your stomach; now take a breath like you normally would - do you feel your chest rise and fall or do you feel you abdomen inflate like a balloon? The goal is to have your abdomen inflate and deflate. Keep practicing taking deep, slow abdominal breaths. You should feel yourself start to relax.

#9 Find Your Sense Of Humor

#10 Get Your Zen On

Laughter is often the best medicine for a stressed out day. When you laugh your body begins to relax and release feel good endorphins. Laughter can also keep you healthy by boosting the immune system (something stress likes to suppress). So go ahead watch a funny show, or crack a joke with a friend and notice how a little laughter can change your entire mood.

 

Exercise #1 - Focus on right now

• Go to a quiet place free from distractions.

•• Find a piece of your favorite fruit.

• Use your 5 senses to study the fruit: feel the texture, smell it, hear what it sounds like when you take a bite and chew, and taste it. Pay special attention to only your senses.

• Can you silence everything else in that's going on in your life? Work hard to focus only on the here and now.

 

Exercise #2 - Imagery

Have you ever wanted to escape to a special place? Now is your chance. This is a quick meditative way to go any place in the world you want.

• Find a quiet, distraction-free place.

• Get in a comfortable position.

• Close your eyes

• Imagine going to that special place. It could be a place that you have vacationed, a relative’s home that holds positive memories, or a place that you’ve always wanted to visit.

 

Spend time letting your mind wander and pretend that you are on a vacation; a mental vacation. When you’re ready, open your eyes and return home. The cool thing about this technique is that you can do it anytime without even packing a suitcase! Meditating for just a few minutes a day can help you feel balanced, focused and in control.

Take some time each day and incorporate some of these stress busters into your life. Not only will you feel relaxed, you'll also feel more balanced and in control. To all of you stressed out teens, life’s too short to stress the small stuff, Carpe Diem!

 

THE ART OF MEDITATION

Here are 2 simple meditation exercises that can be done just about anywhere, at anytime. Before jumping in, here's a bit of advice from Catherine Kerr, director of translational neuroscience at Brown University's Contemplative Studies Initiative: "Go slow, and be compassionate and gentle with yourself." It's natural for your mind to wander as you try to focus, she says, so when it does, don't distress.

 

Walking meditation. This practice is "very traditional, simple and well suited for stressed out people today," says Kerr, who used walking meditation to manage the overwhelming emotional energy she felt while grieving for her father. Find a space outside, and simply walk at a slow or medium pace, focusing on your feet. Try to distinguish when your toe touches down the ground, when your foot is flat on the ground and when your toe points back upward. Feel the roll of your foot. Observe sensory details: a tingle here, a pull of the sock there.

 

When your mind wanders, and it will, gently bring your attention back to your feet. You're building a skill of noticing when your attention drifts into default mode and bringing it back into focus. This ability can help you be more present and in control of your attention every day, especially in times of stress.

 

Plus, Kerr points out, this practice is a mild form of exercise. Start by dedicating a specific time and place to practice, and when you become comfortable with walking meditation, try it as you walk to the bus stop, office or just about anywhere.

 

Novel experiences. The next two tips come from Sood, and they're a bit more modern. Remember how you jump into focus mode when you see a police car behind you or unexpectedly meet a giraffe? We escape our brain's jumble of day-to-day thoughts when we experience something out of the ordinary. Similarly, Sood points out, you may greet a loved one with more attention after you've been apart for a month compared to if you see him or her daily.

 

Try this: When you come home and meet your family at the end of the day, pretend like you haven't seen them in 30 days. To an extent, yes, you'll be faking this feeling. But it may help to think about transience, Sood says. There's only a finite number of evenings you'll have with these people you love. For example, Sood thinks of his oldest daughter, who is 8 and 1/2 years old. "She will be off to college in 2,000 evenings, and 2,000 is a very small number."

 

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