Showing posts with label Odwalla. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Odwalla. Show all posts

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Getting our Community Playing - #OdwallaCFK

A few week's ago I told you about April's Champion's for Kids SIMPLE Service Project, the Odwalla "Game Day Challenge". I posted about "Our Family's Game Day Challenge - #OdwallaCFK" and am excited to give you an update on the project.

Older children may have organized sports and clubs they can join, but it is just as important for younger children to get out and get active. Hopefully being active and healthy at a young age will feed their interest for organized sports later on. I was looking for a group in our community that worked with children close to my kids' ages.  I decided on Head Start.  Check out our Google+ story of the trip.  I was amazed at all the great things a savvy Mom can find at Walmart to get kids active.

My children are ages 4 and 2. They love to run around outside and have fun!

So we selected items that were perfect for the target pre-school age of Head Start. On our shopping trip I let my children pick out items they would like to play with.

They chose:

  • 2 Large bouncy balls
  • 2 hula-hoops 
  • Bubbles
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bat & Ball Set
  • Extra Balls
  • Tee Ball Tee
  • Water Balloon Launcher & Water Balloons

 The Douglas County Head Start program, part of the non-profit UCAN, is a comprehensive pre-school program. It serves low income families and is provided at no cost for eligible families. The program helps get kids ready for school with a positive and respectful environment for everyone and entire family involvement.

The program takes place just down from where I grew up, my old neighborhood. Though I never attended Head Start I know people who have benefited from the program, both children and adults.

Our program is very active in the community and is visible at local parades and events. Students blossom with the help and preparation provided but there are many barriers for the students and health and nutrition are one.

This project was a lot of fun for my family. It gave us the chance to think about how to get other children in our community active and healthy. It was also the perfect opportunity to talk about these goals and values with my own children. We made a great collection of items perfect for inspiring fun and active habits in little kids.

I hope this will inspire others to give back to their community and join in the Champions for Kids program. You can learn more about how to get involved or read inspiring stories from others donating on Champions for Kids on Twitter and Facebook. Join in the conversation, start donating and help to make your community even better.

*Disclaimer - I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for  Collective Bias™.   #CBias #SocialFabric All opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Our Family's Game Day Challenge - #OdwallaCFK

Outdoor play, sports and being active are important for all of us but I feel they are an essential part of childhood. So I am honored to be a part of the Champion for Kids Odwalla 'Game Day Challenge!' - bringing sports equipment to our community.

With my shoppers we went out in search of sports equipment and outdoor play items to get kids in our community moving and active this Summer. This SIMPLE Service project would be perfect for any community center, camp or activity group aimed at children. I chose our local Head Start because the children are a similar age to mine. Look for the #OdwallaCFK hashtag on blog posts or twitter for others joining in on the fun.

I hoped to get items like balls, bubbles and hula hoops. None of these items are expensive and all are a great way to get kids active. I still want to collect a few more items, but our Walmart shopping trip was a great start.

I love the selection of large balls and the colorful hula hoops and toys. Keeping my children in mind, I found items my husband and I knew they would enjoy. My oldest is showing an interest in more organized sports like soccer and Tee-ball. So we found a few items for that.

Of course kids who play hard get thirsty! I love Odwalla juices and used to buy more of it. I enjoy the ingredients and the flavor. The Original Superfood is my all-time favorite. I grabbed an assortment of juices though to share. Our Walmart is still under construction so finding everything took a little longer than expected. I can't wait till the expansion is completed and our grocery section will include more cold and fresh items.

After our Walmart trip and going through our home we made quiet a pile of items. I can already imagine the kids outside playing with them.

You might have noticed the "I Am One of Millions" badge on my sidebar. You can be one too and give back to the kids in your community. Find out how you can get involved at the Champions for Kids website, connect with them on Facebook or Twitter. You can also see our whole shopping experience in our Google+ album.

*Disclaimer - I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for  Collective Bias™.   #CBias #SocialFabric All opinions are my own.
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