Blue Zones Challenge:

Did You Know?

  • The risk of childhood obesity rises by 12% for each hour a day a child spends free time in front of a screen!
  • The only fruit or vegetable source for 40% of elementary age students in a recent study was French fries or tomato sauce!
  • 80% of our long-term health is determined, not by our genes, but by our daily choices!

Accept the Blue Zones Challenge

Your child’s class has committed to making healthy changes that will help us look and feel better. We are taking the Blue Zones Challenge! For the next month, your child will be challenged to:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Exercise more
  • Have a healthy breakfast every day
  • Spend less time in front of screens – be they TV or computer.
  • Cut down on the amount of sweetened beverages they drink (soda, punch, etc.).

How You Can Help

  • Work with your child to record his/her current behaviors for one week (we call it Pre-Challenge Week), using the Blue Zones Challenge Log.
  • Work with your child to complete the Blue Zones Challenge Contract, recording averages of their current behaviors, setting final goals, and creating a plan to meet those goals.
  • For the next three weeks, help your child monitor their goals to successfully meet this challenge and continue to record improvements on the Blue Zones Challenge Logs.
  • When you have finished, record final behaviors on the Blue Zones Challenge Contract and celebrate your success with a fun, healthy reward.

Thanks for supporting your child in this very important effort. Together, you can gain experience in making lasting, healthy changes in your lives.