Tuesday, July 29

RECESS is coming to the JCC

by JCC staff

Have you noticed that kids get more wiggly and less fit as the school day gets longer and the study load gets more intense? 

The demands of curriculum and performance standards create challenges in terms of what can fit into a typical student day. Unfortunately, it often means less recess and physical education when cuts need to be made in the schedule

But our new partnership with General Mills and Kroger is aimed at maintaining health and wellness for families throughout the school year by offering monthly exercise, nutrition and cooking classes. 

We're calling the program R.E.C.E.S.S., which stands for Recreation, Education, Culture, Exercise, Skills, Success.

The best part is that it's FREE to JCC Indy members, and program classes register new participants each month.

Here are more details on the program offerings: 

Family R.E.C.E.S.S
This is an opportunity for parents and kids to play active games together. Exercising together is a powerful tool for promoting a lifelong love of movement and establishing the habit of regular exercise as parents model exercising for their kids. Children must be eight years old upon registration.

Thursdays 5:30-6:30 PM, November-May

Kids Only R.E.C.E.S.S  
Keeping exercise fun is the key to getting kids to stick with it. This program will focus on letting kids play diverse, fun games that encourage movement, team building and cooperative play based on the CATCH curriculum developed at the University of Texas. These classes focus on children working together to solve a problem or reach a goal while being physically challenged and keeping all kids moving as opposed to traditional games that often eliminate players. 

Limited to the first 15 kids, ages 8-11 years old
Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 PM, August-May

Healthy cooking and nutrition for families 
Parents and children cook quick and tasty recipes together. Parents are empowered to model healthy eating in a non-confrontational setting. Kids will pick up cooking skills to pique their culinary curiosity and learn recipes they can create with parent support. Families can plan to eat the healthy, balanced meals they have just created. Children must be eight years of age on the registration date and must be accompanied by at least one parent.

Limited to the first 5 families 
Thursdays 5:30-6:30 PM, August-May

Healthy cooking and nutrition for kids only
Cooking with kids aims to improve food literacy and acceptance of a greater variety of foods among youth through hands on curriculum involving cooking, tasting and peer-influence. The curriculum and menus will focus on exposure to fruits, vegetables and whole grains with an emphasis on tools and techniques that create the foundation for independent food preparation and culinary exploration. Take away materials will provide at home tips for parents to employ follow up lessons.

Limited to the first 10 kids, ages 8-12 years old
Mondays 5:00-6:00 PM, August-May

R.E.C.E.S.S. participants will be asked to confidentially complete brief questionnaires at the beginning, middle and end of each month to assess program success for knowledge retention and adoption of healthy habits.

Instructors include: Andre Grimes, BS Kinesiology MBA, CPT, Health and Wellness Coordinator at the JCC; Erin Dietrich RD, JCC Dietitian; Megan Daugherty, RD, JCC Dietitian; Katherine Matutes, Ph.D., CPT, RYT 200,  Director of Health and Wellness at the JCC. 

For more details, contact Katherine Matutes at 317-251-9467. 

Wednesday, July 23

Get more ZZZZZZZZ's if you're gaining weight

by JCC Association
Although research is still unfolding about the effects of sleep deprivation, it’s clearly linked to an increase in Body Mass Index (BMI). There are several theories to explain this connection, to name a few:

Ghrelin and Leptin: These opposing hormones play an active role in appetite and can get seriously imbalanced in a sleep-deprived body. When sleep slips away, Ghrelin (hunger stimulant) production increases while Leptin (appetite suppressant) decreases, leading to an increased appetite.

Cortisol: The secretion of this appetite regulator is compromised when sleep is lost, leaving the body on its own to determine whether it’s truly hungry. Most often, the body fails with this task and a person is left with a perpetual feeling of hunger. If the hunger is pacified with food, overeating and weight gain are generally the result.

Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea (periodic and brief closing of air passages) causes interrupted sleeping. This could translate to eight hours of shut-eye, but only four hours of actual sleep. Researchers theorize that this interrupted schedule produces a resistance to our degree-of-fullness signal where the stomach sends a message to the brain that it’s full, but the brain isn’t “taking messages” and results in overeating.

As Kenneth Wright of the University of Colorado’s Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory stated, “… when people get insufficient sleep, it leads them to eat more than they actually need.” 
In fact, our carbohydrate craving increases by as much as 45%! It’s no wonder that when we fall below our individual sleep requirements, our chances of gaining weight can increase as much as 50%–70% depending on how much and how long we’ve been deprived. To exacerbate this problem, sleep loss may interfere with our body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates, leading to heightened levels of blood sugar, excess insulin, and increased fat storage.
So, if you’re looking for the magic “pill” for weight loss, look no further than your “pill”ow and catch some ZzZzZzz’s!

Sources: WebMD, Huffington Post