Walk Around the World- February 11th – March 8th
Don’t let the frosty Wisconsin winter keep your family from being physically active and eating healthy!
Join the Coulee Region Walk Around the World Challenge!
This 4-week program challenges day care providers and preschool teachers to make physical activity and healthy eating a daily priority for children in their care. Earn “miles” every day you participate and “walk” your way from La Crosse County to San Antonio, Texas! Return your completed log to the Health Department by March 15th for a chance to win great prizes!
Download the Walk around the World log today HERE !
Ultimate Turn off the Screen Challenge
Turn Off the Screen...Turn on Your Life!
We’ve all heard the statistics... the average preschooler spends 4 ½ hours/day in front of screens while the average school age child spends 6 hours or more. If you’re worried that your family spends too much time in front of the TV, on the computer or on their phone join Coulee Region Childhood Obesity Coalition members and become part of the 6th annual Ultimate Turn off the Screen Challenge April 30th – May 6th! During this week, families are being challenged to limit their screen time to what experts recommend…
· Children under 3 years of age: 0 hours of screen time/day
· Children 3-12 years of age: 1 hour or less/day
· Teens & adults: 2 hours or less/day
During Challenge Week you and your family are encouraged to shut off your screens and exercise both your minds and bodies by finding healthier alternatives. Rather than come home from school or work and plunking down in front of the TV or computer, coalition members are challenging you to enjoy your free time by reading a book, going on a picnic, walking or biking with a friend or listening (and dancing!) to your favorite music. The possibilities are endless! Limiting screen time frees you up to spend time with friends and family or enjoying favorite pastimes. It’s a great way to encourage healthy habits and build a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.
To participate in the Ultimate Turn off the Screen Challenge download the log below and each day of the challenge week note on your log how much time you spent watching TV, on the computer or watching movies in your free time. Your goal is to keep screen time during your free time within the times the experts recommend. All completed logs submitted by May 11th will be eligible for cool Challenge prizes.
Wheel to School Challenge
Warm Spring days filled with sunshine...what a wonderful way for kids to start their day. May 13 – 17th is Bike to Work Week; a week set aside each year to encourage community residents to bike rather than drive to work. To encourage children (and their teachers!) to bike to school during the week, the Coulee Region Childhood Obesity Coalition is challenging Coulee Region kids to get active by participating in the Wheel to School Week Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to increase the number of children throughout the Coulee Region adopting an active lifestyle by biking (rollerblading, scootering or skateboarding) to school. Students who cannot bike to school can still participate by walking to school.
Students are encouraged to challenge their teachers and other school staff to participate in the challenge as well. The school with the highest proportion of students and school staff wheeling to school during the week will win the silver spoke award, a traveling trophy.
It’s easy & fun to participate! Just download the log below and record on it how you commuted to and from school each day. At the end of the week submit your logs to win cool challenge prizes (including the silver spoke award)! To be included in prize drawings and the count for the Silver Spoke Award logs must be submitted by May 30th.
Coulee Region Walk to School Challenge: October 1st -5th
Sponsored by the Coulee Region Childhood Obesity Coalition, the goal of the week long challenge goal is to activate Coulee Region kids’ lifestyles by encouraging them to regularly walk or bike to school.
Why encourage your kids to walk or bike to school? Children who walk and bike to school are more apt to be physically fit and less prone to overweight, they learn how to handle traffic safely, they help reduce the family’s gas budget and they contribute to a cleaner environment and improved air quality by reducing traffic volume near their school.
Children at participating schools receive a log on which they note if they’ve walked or biked during the Challenge week. At the end of the week, the school with the highest proportion of walkers & bikers for the week will win the coveted “Golden Shoe Award” for display at their school during the 2013-14 school year.
Lost your log? Download the copy below & be sure to record your school as well as how you got to school on the log!
Teachers download a classroom sign up sheet
Teachers download a classroom sign up sheet here
Us: Linda Lee, Co-Chair
c/o La Crosse County Health Department
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