Summer Camp 2013

In June 2013, I offered two weeks of Fit Kids summer camp at Southwest Complex. Each week was maxed out with 25 kids. I was sad to turn some kids away.The average age of Fit kids was 11 years old, ranging from 5 to 16. The first week we had more boys than girls and the following week we had more girls than boys. During each week, we all walked 6 miles, swam as far as 500 meters and spent hours on the field doing speed and agility drills. In those two weeks, I learned once again that kids really love fast food and sugar. Also, parents cook a lot of dinners from a box. For example, hamburger helper, instant potatoes, and mac & cheese. Out of the 25 kids, 9 children had wonderful food logs and ate very healthy. The others had a lot of fast food and processed foods on their food logs. It was a wonderful experience for my kids and me. It definitely opened some of my kids eyes and their parents too. After the camp, a lot of the kids signed up for a month of Fit Kids on Thursday afternoon. Successful Summer!!! Coach Brandon

May 2013

Today is the end of National Physical Education and Sport Week. Pamela Settle,editor of Tampa Bay GoodLiving Magazine, Tanya Lewis, parent and CEO of GreenGlider, and me, Chrisoula Kiriazis, spoke at a meeting of the Pinellas County School Board, encouraging the board to maintain daily physical education in our schools. Brandon McIntosh and fit kid Winchester Dermody were there to support us. We learned that Pinellas County Schools employ certified PE teachers to give our children high quality PE. If your child attends a Pinellas County school and you believe that children need activity every day, call your principal and let them know. Nutrition thought for the month: Cost of Beyonce promoting high fructose corn syrup AKA Pepsi: $50 million Benefit of avoiding sugary drinks: Priceless

April 2013

Yesterday, Brandon and I met with Wenonah Hauter, author of “Foodopoly” and executive director of food and water watch. “Foodopoly” is enlightening in showing us how the production of food has been taken over by large corporations who buy our politicians’ votes. Their main goal is to make lots of money. Most of the money they make doesn’t stay local.  Scientists employed by these companies work hard to create the perfect mix of salt, fat and sugar that creates an addictive craving in our brains. They use advertising to target our children. Who wouldn’t want a “Happy Meal”?  Even food we would consider real, like eggs, milk, chicken, pork and beef is injected with chemicals, hormones and antibiotics before it arrives at our table. We are what we eat. We therefore need to know what we are eating. If you are curious, pick up Wenonah’s book and learn more. Nutrition Tip of the Month Avoid eating food that has an infinite shelf or refrigerator life. Examples: lunchables, doritos, fish sticks, chicken fingers, hot pockets, oreos. If it doesn’t go bad, it’s probably very bad for you….. Dr. K

March 2013

In March, I want you to find your motivation. Motivation is defined as “that which gives purpose and direction to behavior”. This past week, Hannah Curlee was our model of motivation. Runner up from Season 11’s “Biggest Loser”, she came to Southwest Rec to sit and talk with our Fit Kids and many other interested people. Why did Hannah succeed in losing more than 100 pounds after failing at least 11 times before? She told us,”I didn’t stop”. Maintaining her weight loss for 2 years, she is taking her message of healthy living all across America. Thank you Hannah! Dr. K Nutrition tip of the Month Saturated fat in meat and cheese is unhealthy but unsaturated fat is not only healthy but one type of polyunsaturated fat, omega fatty acid, is “essential” in our diets since we don’t make it ourselves. Examples of essential fatty acids are fish, nuts, seeds and canola or soybean oil. Olive oil is also a good fat that is an example of polyunsaturated fat that is also good for your heart. More important, fat helps us to absorb nutrients. So, drizzle olive oil on your salad, choose low fat instead of nonfat milk or yogurt, add some nuts to your cereal or fruit and enjoy! Dr. K

February 2013

“Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.” Theodore Roosevelt One of the most important assets in life is good health. While we think of expending effort to acquire material things, we don’t often think of expending effort to achieve good health. As children, playing is a natural way to expend effort for health. Unfortunately, more play has migrated to screens. It’s never too early to teach children the importance of being active. Adults need to make a conscious choice to be active and to incorporate activity into their daily lives. It’s not a luxury but a necessity. It’s also a great education for children to see parents exercising. Expending energy planning, buying and preparing food may seem like a luxury in our busy world but it is time well spent. We all know that good nutrition is a big part of good health. Taking time to eat well is a gift we give ourselves. Unfortunately it takes time and effort. So, before sitting down to the Superbowl, take time to go for a walk and make a salad to go with those chicken wings …. Dr. K Nutrition Tip of the Month Sugar causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation is linked to all kinds of illnesses. Arthritis is a common condition that worsens with inflammation. Eating less sugar helps your joints to feel better and this is part of the reason. Dr. K February Heart Month Recipes Caesar Salad Dressing Ingredients: 3 pasteurized egg whites, 1/2 can anchovy fillets, … Read More