January Blog_2019

January Blog

January 23, 2019 - PDF Version

Hi, I'm Blue, the Caring Cub, but my friends call me Blue.  I'm the leader of the Be Active Kids Club.  We meet every afternoon in the park to eat healthy foods and play fun games!

This afternoon I wanted to talk to you all about something new my friends and I are starting since it is the beginning of a new year.  Dart, Glide, Leap, Swing, and I want to make sure you are being active and eating healthy so we are starting a blog.  The blog, Blue’s Blog, will tackle tough health issues, provide practical solutions and best practices, and showcase people and places that are doing super things! Blue's Blog will include interviews, webinars, online stories, health content, challenges, and more.  Blue and his friends will discuss a range of health-related topics including things like: physical activity and active free play, nutrition, outdoor learning and play environments, children in nature, sun safety and tackle tough challenges like rules, regulations, rating scales, risk, technology, and more. 


Blue's Blog will be published once a month and will include the following topics:

  • Health topics
  • Resources
  • Activities for classroom and home


In addition to our blog, the Clubhouse Team will be looking for friends that are doing great work related to getting children more active; implementing physical activity and/or active play best practices or being an active role model for others. If this is you or someone you know, please share with Be Active Kids and the Clubhouse Team through a quick story, pictures and/or video.  We will use your input to recognize and reward the wonderful people, programs, and places that have been caught being active and healthy.  You can post this information to share through social media outlets and include Be Active Kids by using #beactiveblue and/or #caughtbeingactive.  (For more information check out our website.)


We also want you to be aware of the updated  Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans with new key guidelines for ages 3-5.


You won’t be the only one on the move in 2019, I will be all over the map from the mountains to the coast being a champion to get others moving more.   Since I’m only one bear, if you have a coloring page of me, a Blue cutout, or a puppet, please include me in your activity, take a picture, and post it on social media with #wheresblue or #beactiveblue, and know I am always there.  You may also have the chance to see me at an event, take a picture and share it with others by using #wheresblue and #beactiveblue


We want everyone to see all the great things going on in North Carolina, so please share your #caughtbeingactive pictures and your #wheresblue on our social media pages.  Pictures can be posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/beactivekids), Twitter (@BeActiveKidsNC), Instagram (www.instagram.com/beactivekids) or sent directly to info@beactivekids.org.  If you post online, don’t forget to hastag #beactiveblue in addition to #caughtbeingactive and/or #wheresblue.


Next month is American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day!   I would love to talk to you about your heart and some fun activities my friends and I play to keep our hearts healthy.  So, if you have any questions about your heart or keeping your heart healthy, let me know. (info@beactivekids.org)


Until next time, keep being active and look for me in your neck of the woods!

– Blue the Caring Cub


  • Preservice Teachers Learn to Use Be Active Kids in Limited Spaces

    I really enjoyed our class meeting. It was interesting to discover that you can do just about anything with children in the classroom where there may not be much space to encourage them to be active.  A change that I will make in my own life is to be more active, as well as my daughter. I will share this information with my friends that have children such as yoga animals, or Simon Says.

    Cathy Sesta, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute

    Thank you for inviting me to be part of this year’s Institute. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the experience. You’re doing amazing work and I hope I’ll be able to continue contributing to it a bunch in the future.

    Rae Pica, www.movingandlearning.com
  • Plenty of Resources That I Can Use and Share

    This class was informative, and I look forward to being physically active with young children. On Friday, I volunteered at a Parents Night Out through my daughter's school. When I got there the kids were watching a movie. I got them up to play Simon Says and Red Light Green Light, however, after that I was stuck on what to do. I wish I had the knowledge I gained from this class, to have made it more exciting.

    I enjoyed your Land and Lake Activity.

    Venessa Wright, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Be Active Kids Trainers Rock!

    I loved the training.  I would have loved it more if I had the other teachers from my center there also.  I am really looking forward to taking my kit to work and sharing it with my staff.  I liked Brittney, she reminded me of myself as far as being very active and motivated.  When I am at work with my little ones we stay busy all day.  I feel like singing my instructions and dancing my actions helps them to focus better on what I need for them to do.  Britney was great and I learned a lot from her. I am always trying to find new little ways to get the kids moving.

    Tiffany Daniel, Sandhill Community College

    The Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute was just wonderful!  Thank you again for including me in such an important effort to create and sustain leaders in EC physical activity. I would love to return to NC anytime that you think I can help. I enjoyed meeting the folks who work with you and hearing about all of the great things that are planned. 

    Linda Carson, Choosy Kids
  • Be Active Kids has Much to Offer

    Congratulations to you and everyone who has been promoting PA for young
    children in NC. You have much to be proud of here. Be Active Kids is an excellent source of ideas for promoting active play in unstructured settings. The Be Active Kids website also has resources on promoting unstructured active play. I encourage folks to review these resources. 

    Diane Craft, SUNY Cortland & Active Play Books