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Wyoming Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Wants to Recognize YOU!
Excellence in Health Award

The mission of the council is to promote, educate, encourage, and provide opportunities for all citizens of Wyoming to help them achieve overall well-being through physical activities and health awareness.  Our mission can’t be accomplished alone—we need the help from those of you in Wyoming who have the passion and drive to promote health and wellness in their workplace and/or their environment.

If you know of someone who represents a true leader in the area of physical activity and health and wellness, consider applying on their behalf, or applying for yourself.  This award will recognize their success, dedication, and excellence in the area of physical activity and wellness.  Let us appreciate publicly these citizens in Wyoming that have, by teaching, volunteering, role modeling or in other ways, encouraged Wyoming residents to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Click here to access the online Excellence in Health Application.Or if you prefer, Click here to print the application and mail it to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, PO Box 1781, Cheyenne, WY 82003.


Keeping Your Kid Fit When They’d Rather Sit
By Alice Burron, Council Co-Chair

One of the biggest challenges for me as a Mom is to keep my kids active. In the summer my youngest eleven year old son, Ben is not involved with organized sports, and doesn’t get excited about group sports. Plus, living on the prairie, we don’t have access to a pool, sidewalk, or playground. I’m not alone in my struggle, come to find out, as many parents have asked me for my opinion on how to keep their kids active when they’re just not excited about sports.

Being the son of someone who promotes exercise for a living you would think Ben would be athletically inclined, but this isn’t the case. From the observer’s perspective, however, he looks fit and trim, and even has washboard abs. I’m going to share with you some of my secrets I’ve picked up over my years of parenting that keep him active and athletic, and the beauty is that he doesn’t even realize he’s exercising.

My first trick to keeping Ben active is to model the way. I won’t sit down in front of a screen for long without getting up, walking around, and stretching my legs. I also wear a pedometer, and I’m constantly blurting out my steps and calories, and commenting throughout the day. Ben is so in-tune to how many steps he should be getting by certain times of the day that he’ll get up and move around to make sure he, along with me, is getting enough steps.

Connecting rich food to activity has also motivated my son to move. If I make a cherry pie, it’s a natural thing for me to mention that I better ‘earn’ the slice by being a tad more active before I partake. Knowing that we’re going to have a dessert that night will get him moving more during the day every time.

I also make it a point to join Ben, when I am able, for a ‘run.’ During the day we go for walk/runs, where we walk a minute, and then run two (or the other way around when he’s not quite as game). I purchased a handy stopwatch in neon green so that we can time ourselves, and it has made what seems like a really boring activity amusing. He now likes to listen to some epic music from movie soundtracks as we run for motivation. You should see him go!

Finally, during the course of the day you’ll find Ben doing pull-ups, jumping on a mini-trampoline and bouncing on a fitness ball. I’ve strategically placed a pull-up bar in the doorway before he gets to his room, and have placed fitness equipment that I use in places where anyone just couldn’t resist using, like resistance bands. My fitness stepping stool and balance disc have become obstacles for Ben to get over when going from one place to another and there is a jump rope in almost every room. Without any expectation at all (except maybe a comment that one might get strong abs if they were to do this exercise – and then I do a short demo), Ben has become a quasi-gymnast and has gained strength and balance through these fun fitness opportunities.

When it comes to motivating kids, creativity is your best bet. Try unstructured activity through games not based on performance, and create fun ways to move in your home. Take advantage of opportunities to try new activities, or do activities in new places. Don’t worry about sports performance, just limit sedentary behavior. Creating a link between movement and enjoyment will impact your child for the rest of their lives. And I hope you enjoy the process, too!




Casper’s Health and Fitness Day 2014
Sponsored by the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports
(See the clip below)

http://www.k2tv.com/newscasts.php?id=5235




What a Great Idea to Keep Kids Active! Check out the Video.

Checkout this award-winning video, & program designed to get school aged children active in the fight against childhood obesity. FitNFlashLLC©… is a flash card system that turns classrooms into active learning environments by integrating exercise with educational fun for young school aged children.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxr26Gsm7Kg

The flash cards combine a fitness activity with a learning activity that is grade specific, allowing teacher and student complete flexibility to experience the ultimate in education and fun. It's a non-curriculum program that seeks to provide a “brain-break,” by helping students refocus and settle back into the instructors plan for the day. PE Classes, before school, after school, indoor recess, preschool, daycare and home! It's fun anywhere!


Excellence in Health Award Recipient
Be Sure to Watch Video!

Greetings! The Council would like to recognize David Hardesty and showcase his video showing what he does in his Gillette classroom. Dave is the recipient of the Wyoming Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Excellence in Health Award most recently.

Keep sending us your nominations for the Excellence in Health Award as outlined below this video.

http://www.ccsd.k12.wy.us/schools/Conestoga/VTS_01_1.mov