An anti-obesity health campaign called "Let's Move" was launched by first lady Michelle Obama in 2010. It involved working with schools and parents to overhaul school lunches and teach parents and kids about healthy eating. A child nutrition act was passed by Congress to ensure that food sold in schools meets more healthy nutritional guidelines. Some people agree with this policy; others don't. But I think it is working. Look around: Kids all over the United States are getting healthier and more active by the day.
Winter fitness tips
In the winter, it's easy to get into the habit of sitting in front of a TV or playing video games. But winter is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and stay healthy. Here are some ideas for staying active in winter.
An indoor activity that is lots of fun is sports training. You can train for your favorite sport indoors. Team dodgeball is another fun recreational sport for the winter because you can play inside with all your friends.
I love outdoor activities that involve snow. I like to have snowball fights. They are so much fun, and they are great exercise. I love to go skiing. Sledding is a lot of fun, too. Hiking in the woods after a snowstorm is fun because you see all kinds of animal tracks that you would never have noticed on a normal day. You can wear snowshoes on your hike so you don't fall through the snow.
My gym teachers say that you should eat healthy and play outside with your friends all year long.
--Kidsday Reporter Michael Domozych
Resisting peer pressure
Did you ever feel pressured into doing something that you didn't want to? Well, it happened to me.
After I did it, I regretted what I said, but it taught me a lesson. The lesson I learned is to never do something that you're not comfortable with, even if you're pressured into doing it. Just stay yourself.
For example, if you want to wear an outfit, and someone comes over to you and says it's a stupid outfit, you should still wear it. You should always stay the person you want to be. Be an individual and have the courage and confidence in yourself.
If someone starts to say something negative about something you like, don't let them bring you down. If it happens, just remember that you're not the only one who goes through this kind of situation.
Peer pressure affects not only you, but almost everyone around you, too.
If you believe in yourself, you'll never be the odd one out. Just remember to stay positive, and always have confidence in the way you think.
--Kidsday Reporter Daniela Garey
CLASS OF THE WEEK: Lara McNally's fifth-grade peer mediators, IDLE HOUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Oakdale