Sunburst Stroller Project

June 22, 2010

The SunBursts Stroller Project

This summer, in honor of their new healthful, snackable SunBursts tomatoes, NatureSweet is donating strollers to SAMMinistries families and inviting them to participate in a two-part program hosted by Stroller Strides, an organization of moms that inspires other moms to make fitness a part of their lives. The program features two hands on classes in which Stroller Strides instructors will teach SAMMinistries moms how to incorporate their donated strollers into fun exercise routines.

Stroller Strides offers these types of classes regularly to members, as well as prenatal and postnatal classes and educational programs. They also offer resources and tips for moms and moms-to-be on their website and at their classes. For more information about Stroller Strides, visit www.strollerstrides.com.

SAMMinistries provides assistance to families who need transitional housing and who are seeking to better themselves through educational and professional development. For more information about SAMMinistries, visit www.samm.org.

These groups of moms share our view that fitness and healthy eating help moms achieve their ultimate physical and emotional potential. We are proud to partner with them in the SunBursts Stroller Project.


May Attendance Stroller Winner & Announcing Healthy Mamma Challenge

June 16, 2010

Our May competition was very straight forward.  The member with the best attendance would win a new Stroller.  Congratulations to SARA HARDIGAN, you truly earned this stroller.  Sara only missed one class the entire month of May.  WAY TO GO SARA!

Our next competition 2010 Healthy Mamma Challenge will begin June 21st. It is designed to encourage us as moms to take time out for ourselves.  Through the competition each participant can earn points by focusing on their Mind, Body and Spirit.  The individual or team with the most points wins.  It is very easy to earn points and this is something you can take with you on vacation so this is a perfect competition for the summer.  You can earn points by drinking 8 glasses of water a day, eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, keeping a food journal, going for a walk, watching a fitness video, attending stroller strides of course!, reading a book, learning a new skill such as knitting, scrapbooking, keeping a spiritual journal, meditating.  These are just a few examples.  Our hope is to encourage each one of you to develop new healthy habits after 4 weeks of repitition through competition.

Score Cards

Food Diary

Score Card Instructions

Please RSVP by Friday June 18th. If teams are made they will be announced on June 21st.


Get Fit Challenge Results

June 16, 2010

Ok so it has been over a month since our Get Fit Challenge ended and I am finally able to sit down to post our results.  First let me say congratulations to everyone who participated.  I was very impressed with the improvements everybody made.  The challenge measured improvements in overall fitness level and body compostion.  We measured the fitness level with a series of  fitness tests- push ups, curl ups, timed shuttle run and timed mile.  For body composition we simply measured inches lost.

Since there were so many elements to this challenge and everyone did so well I would like to announce the winners of each category.

Shuttle run(30 ft dash to line and return to start)-with an improved time from 7.17 seconds to 5.60 seconds- MELISSA SANCHEZ

Endurance run(timed mile)-with an imrove time from 10’15” to 8’59”- MELISSA FOREY

Right Angle Push Up(90° angle push up every 3 seconds)- with an increase from 2 -13- KIM ELERICK

Partial Curl Up(curl up/crunch every 3 seconds)- with an increase from 100- 250-STEPHANIE BURKEN

Total inches lost(measurements taken at chest, hip, waist, thigh and upper arm- STEPHANIE BURKEN

3rd place winner– SARA HARDIGAN

2nd place winner-CLARICE NGUYEN

1ST PLACE WINNER- STEPHANIE BURKEN

Congratulations again to everyone who participated, I was so proud of each and every one of you.

Our next competition 2010 Healthy Mamma Challenge will begin June 21st. It is designed to encourage us as moms to take time out for ourselves.  Through the competition each participant can earn points by focusing on their Mind, Body and Spirit.  The individual or team with the most points wins.  It is very easy to earn points and this is something you can take with you on vacation so this is a perfect competition for the summer.  You can earn points by drinking 8 glasses of water a day, eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, keeping a food journal, going for a walk, watching a fitness video, attending stroller strides of course!, reading a book, learning a new skill such as knitting, scrapbooking, keeping a spiritual journal, meditating.  These are just a few examples.  Our hope is to encourage each one of you to develop new healthy habits after 4 weeks of repitition through competition.

Score Cards

Food Diary

Score Card Instructions

Please RSVP by Friday June 18th. If teams are made they will be announced on June 21st.


2010 Healthy Mamma Challenge begins June 21st

June 13, 2010

June 21st is the first day of Summer so lets start it off with a bang!

Stroller Strides® has created a personal challenge in order to incentivize you to make time for your MIND, BODY and SPIRIT…it is your strength and vitality which makes you beautiful! This month-long challenge will give you the focus and drive to take time for yourself!
Keeping a “score card” of your successes, you will track the points you earn through daily activities. For example, points are rewarded for attending Stroller Strides classes, exercising on your own, taking time for yourself reading a book or taking a bath, keeping a personal journal, eating fruits and vegetables, and many other activities. The mom to collect the most points will win prizes! After four weeks of this challenge, you will be exercising more, eating your fruits and veggies each day and feeling great about yourself and your new healthy habits! This challenge can be an individual journey or you can join forces with friends for a team challenge. See your franchisee for challenges details.
In addition to your daily activities, you will be receiving four weekly emails with ideas to earn more points. They will be geared to motivate, inspire and connect!
SO WHAT COUNTS TOWARD EARNING POINTS?
There are 3 categories in which to earn daily points.
MIND
As moms it is important to keep our minds healthy and sharp. You can earn MIND points by taking the time to strengthen your mind. Activities like reading a book, learning a new skill (i.e. knitting or scrapbooking), or taking a college course are all included in the MIND category.
BODY
Getting physical activity everyday is essential! By attending Stroller Strides classes you can earn you maximum BODY points, however if you cannot attend classes, you can still earn points by doing any form of aerobic exercise that adds up to at least thirty minutes a day. Suggestions include walking, tennis, running, dance, swimming, etc. Weight training will also earn you points.
Other ways to earn BODY points are with healthy eating. Earn points for eating fruits and vegetables, (other than potatoes or dried legumes like refried beans or bean/pea soup as they are considered starches). A vegetable serving is equal to: ½ c cooked vegetables, ½ c raw chopped vegetable, 1 c raw leafy vegetable, or ½ c juice. Fruit serving size would include: 1 whole medium fruit (about 1 cup), ½ c canned fruit, ¼ c dried fruit, or ½ c juice. Also, drinking at least 60 ounces of water every day can earn you points.
Finally, keeping a food journal can earn you points. You must record everything you eat, when you ate it and how much was eaten. A food journal template will be given to you.
SPIRIT
Connecting with your spirit-life will help make you more of a complete person. Earn SPIRIT points by spending time meditating/praying or silent time. Connect with your inner self and learn what you are feeling and thinking. We recognize that people have different ways of expressing their spirituality yet a healthy spiritual life is an essential part of your well-being. Points in this category can be earned by participating in the meditative benefits of yoga, prayer and time in silence.
Also a keeping a daily journal can help you track your progress (i.e. what you think, what you feel, what you need to do, etc.). The following are a few journaling ideas to help get you started: Think of a goal for journaling …why are you doing it? Write a letter to yourself, someone else (real or imagined), or a spiritual guide. Write about events that trigger certain emotions, thoughts, memories, etc.

Cost of the Challenge is $30. All participants will receive a T-shirt and the winners will receive prizes.
We will be able to divide everyone into teams if we get enough participants so encourage your friends. The last day of the competition will be July 18th and score cards are due July 19th!

You can find links to the score card, score card instructions and food diary below. Just follow the link.

Score Cards

Food Diary

Score Card Instructions
Please RSVP to lisadearmond@strollerstrides.net by Friday June 18th. If teams are made they will be announced on June 21st.