Fit Together in Action March News
Partner Highlight: Litchfield Center School Fit Fun Bags
Laura Pieger is a Fit Together partner and a teacher at Litchfield Center School. She applied for a Fit Together mini-grant in order to fund Fit Fun Bags. She shared with me the success they have had the first month of introducing the bags to the students and families! Each classroom received a tote bag with fun fitness items for each student to enjoy. The students gets to take home the bag for one week and play with all the items with their friends and families. The bags include: a playground kickball, a small gator dodgeball, a bean bag ring toss game, a jump rope, a frisbee ring, a set of stacking cups, and a set of yoga pose cards.
They have received some terrific positive feedback straight from the students' who have already enjoyed these bags at home. A kindergarten friend said, “I liked playing soccer with my mom and I liked the jump rope! We did them a bunch of times!" A second-grade friend said, “I played frisbee with my dog, ball with my sister, played jump rope and bean bag toss with my sister too and had lots of fun!”
Next fall, at the start of the school year they plan to rotate the bags so each student has multiple chances to use the activities and hopefully new games will be added to continue the fitness fun.
National Nutrition Month- Fuel for the Future
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.
This year's theme, "Fuel for the Future," highlights the importance of fueling our bodies at every age and eating with the environment in mind. Practice gratitude for your body by giving it the fuel it needs with sustainable foods!
Worksite Wellness- Workplace Eye Wellness
One of the many negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the increase in digital screen time, also referred to as computer vision syndrome. Symptoms include tired, burning or itching eyes, dry eyes, blurred vision or headaches.
For those who work in other settings, such as construction or manufacturing, OSHA requires employers to provide eye and face protection whenever necessary to protect against irritants and hazards.
To learn how to reduce the effects of digital eye strain and the importance of eye protection, click on the link below.
March Madness- Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe
Enjoy watching college hoops and try this delicious and nutritious dip for a healthy snack during game time! It's so good that we recommend serving it in 4-ounce ramekins so that everyone gets the right serving size. It's loaded with protein to keep our muscles strong and calcium for our bones and teeth. Dip away with all-natural pita chips or a colorful assortment of crunchy veggies. Enjoy.