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Fall is a great time of year to reclaim your fitness! There are so many ways to do it, what with fruit to be picked, leaves to be raked, gardens to be tended and walks to be had. So get out there and fall into fit!

PICK LOTS OF FRUITS! Apples abound at local farms right now, so plan a fall afternoon outing and pick some fresh apples, which are full of dietary fiber. Eating fruits and vegetables may reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), and apples are a delicious snack any time of the day!

LEAVES, LEAVES EVERYWHERE! Whether they’re piling up in your yard or glowing on trees in your nearby park, fall is the best time to get outside with your kids to take a walk and admire the changing colors of the leaves. Jumping in leaf piles is a great fall activity, but make sure you’ve got a couple of rakes handy so that the whole family can pitch in to rake ’em up!

FALL VEGGIE DELIGHT! This is the time of year when the fall harvest is full of yummy seasonal veggies like squash and pumpkin! Both have Vitamin C and Vitamin A and other nutrients that are good for you, so try incorporating some of them into your meals. You can find lots of tasty recipes that use squash or pumpkin at www.yum-o.org.

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It has been a while since my last post. I can sincerely say that it is a busy life to be a senior in high school. Excuses aside, I promise to be more commited to this blog.

September was Go Healthy Month, where we tried to reach as many youth as possible and had them pledge to go heathy.

An overview of the month:

From “Punk Rope” demonstrations to farm fresh fruit and veggie stands; from the launch of the ‘myGo Healthy Challenge’ to the Kid-Hosted Forums, the Alliance’s second Go Healthy Month activated kids across the nation to Go Healthy! 

In September kids throughout the U.S. were invited to take the pledge to Go Healthy and participate in an array of fun and healthy events including six Kid-Hosted Forums, ‘Recess by the River’ field day events and the launch of an exciting new interactive online gaming experience called ‘myGo Healthy Challenge’.

Go Healthy Champions in communities across the country worked with the Alliance to educate, engage, and empower youth to take charge of their own health. The hot, new singing sensation Menudo joined the Alliance at a Recess by the River event on September 27th in New York City, where they performed and asked kids to join them to take the Go Healthy Challenge. Former President William J. Clinton shared a special Go Healthy message on the Rachael Ray Show to encourage parents and their kids to recommit to eating healthier and being more physically active. 

The Alliance’s 20-member Youth Advisory Board led the charge to spread the word throughout social networking sites, including the Alliance’s new My Space page as well as their own networks, friends, and families. 

Kids all across the U.S. can take the pledge to Go Healthy at www.igohugo.org!

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