1st Quarter Newsletter - 2019






Glide loves to get children, families, and providers moving more. Check out his post on ways to be more physical active.

Warmer weather is on the way and Glide loves to see kids and families playing and having fun.  Here are Be Active Kids “Five Tips to Get Families Moving More”.  (Printable one-pager available for download)


Make active play fun for the entire family

  • Make moving a priority
  • Get moving on a budget
  • Be Active inside and outside
  • Get active with other families


Make physical activity a part of your everyday routine by utilizing the American Heart Association’s “30 tips to get you and your family more active"






Just like most dogs, Dart love to eat, but don’t we all. Check out his dish on nutrition and healthy eating as he gives tips for healthy eating and one of his favorite kid friendly recipes.  How do we know if a food is good for us?  How do know how to eat right? Well, it isn’t easy but foods can be put into categories: "Go" Foods, "Slow" foods, and "Whoa" Foods.  "Go" foods are foods that you can eat almost any time. "Slow" foods are foods that you can have a few times a week and Whoa foods are foods that are once-in while foods.  Foods that you can eat anytime include veggies, fruits, whole grains, reduced fat dairy products, and lean meats. Foods such as dried fruits and juices, white breads and pastas, low-fat snacks and sweets, as well as low fat condiments and spreads.  Finally, be aware of the “Whoa" foods such as whole milk products, baked goods, canned in heavy syrup fruits, and anything fried.  By learning to use "Go", "Slow", "Whoa", you’ll always have an easy way to think about food and eating healthier.

To learn more about choosing healthy foods, visit the National Institute of Health. Check out their kid friendly recipes while you are there, like the Strawberry Banana Yogurt Parfait, on of Dart's favorite!







Swing near and far to find great resources and tools to share to improve health and well-being. Check out the Sunbeatables, a preschool Sun Safety Curriculum that Swing has found to help you be sun safe while you are playing outdoors.  

We all know that outdoor play is beneficial to children as well as providers. We also know that spending time outdoors in the fresh air, natural elements, and warm sunlight has many benefits.   Thought some sunlight provides are body with need nutrients, too much of the sun’s rays can cause damage to your skin, eyes, and other components of health.  For these reasons and others, The University of Texas and MD Anderson Cancer Center created the evidence based Ray and the Sunbeatables was created.  

The Sunbeatables Curriculum offers a free online training and all needed materials that can be accessed online for anyone working with preschoolers, kindergartners, and first grade students.

To learn more check out Ray and the Sunbeatables!



The Be Active with Blue campaign (#beactiveblue) is a multifaceted marketing and communication project aimed to improve positive health behaviors and practices of parents, providers, teachers, and children! Visit our website, www.beactivekids.org to find out more!




  • 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