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Cultivating Gratitude with Kids

11/14/22

Cultivating Gratitude with Kids

As a Vietnamese proverb wisely teaches, “When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree”. The Thanksgiving season is a perfect time to consider the many benefits of gratitude, because being grateful allows us to reflect on the goodness in our lives and can bring some surprising health benefits. Expressing gratitude by giving back [...] Read More

6 Ways to Help Girls Not Quit Sports!

10/19/22

6 Ways to Help Girls Not Quit Sports!

Growing up in a family full of athletes was a privilege I never realized I had. Being put into numerous sports at a young age, supported by family members to work hard at each one, encouraged to practice with others, and strive for athletic achievement have all contributed to my academic success, confidence, self-esteem, and [...] Read More

All BOKS Resources – What You Need To Know

09/08/22

All BOKS Resources – What You Need To Know

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT ALL THE BOKS RESOURCES TO SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS THIS YEAR.    The new school year is here and we wanted to take a moment to re-introduce ALL the resources BOKS has to offer and break down each one to make it super easy to select the right ones for you. We’ll also share [...] Read More

Move Your School with BOKS – A Contest Case Study

05/15/22

Move Your School with BOKS – A Contest Case Study

The English Montreal School Board’s B.A.S.E. (Before and After School Enriched) Daycare Program kicked off its first-ever B.A.S.E. BOKS Contest in seven school daycares on January 18, 2022. The goal of the three-month competition was two-fold: To get children ages 4—12 years old physically active as often as possible and to encourage the daycare educators [...] Read More

Summer with BOKS

05/15/22

Summer with BOKS

With summer approaching, are you thinking of new, inventive ways to keep your kids active? Looking for fresh curriculum ideas for summer camp? Or simply looking for ways to keep your kids, along with those kids in the neighborhood, active in fun, easy to implement ways?  Explore our BOKS resources below to help you reach [...] Read More

HOW MINDFULNESS CAN IMPROVE YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH

04/26/22

HOW MINDFULNESS CAN IMPROVE YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH

When you hear the word “healthy,” what do you think of? Maybe you imagine broccoli or push-ups, running or spinach. But do you think about your mind? The truth is, overall health includes both body and mind, and we can’t be truly healthy unless we’re taking care of our thought patterns and mental wellness. What [...] Read More

BUILDING POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH

04/26/22

BUILDING POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH

We are coming up on a year since we first went into lockdown due to the coronavirus. Throughout the pandemic, mental health and maintaining positive mental health has been a top priority as we all navigate the constant pressure and stress that this situation has created. At BOKS, we are grateful for all that our [...] Read More

STEAM YOUR WAY INTO A BOKS CLASS – GET MOVING WHILE INTRODUCING STEAM CONCEPTS!

03/28/22

STEAM YOUR WAY INTO A BOKS CLASS – GET MOVING WHILE INTRODUCING STEAM CONCEPTS!

STEAM formerly known as STEM is an approach to learning that incorporates science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, across the curriculum. Educators throughout the world are using STEAM concepts in their classrooms. These concepts are helping to promote problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship, acceptance of failure and more. These [...] Read More

EASY AND INCLUSIVE POOL NOODLES GAMES

03/27/22

EASY AND INCLUSIVE POOL NOODLES GAMES

Have you ever seen the child who ignores the expensive toy and plays with the box that it came in? That is often the case with kids, as something insignificant may be a great source of interest. For those of us who work with children in the physical activity space, finding that “cardboard box” is [...] Read More

THE MANY BENEFITS OF BEING ON A TEAM

02/24/22

THE MANY BENEFITS OF BEING ON A TEAM

Often when you think of a team and kids, you think of competition. In fact, when I looked up the definition of “team” I got this: “a group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport.”  When you think of BOKS – it is a place where we focus not only on [...] Read More

Getting Started with BOKS Basketball

02/11/22

Getting Started with BOKS Basketball

Do your kids love playing basketball? Or do they want to learn how? You’re in luck because BOKS has everyone from beginners to advanced players covered with our new basketball resources! Basketball with BOKS will help you coach your kids through a 4-week program that focuses on basic skills such as ball handling, passing, shooting, [...] Read More

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP? Q&A WITH HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, KIM ST-PIERRE

01/26/22

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP? Q&A WITH HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, KIM ST-PIERRE

Leadership fascinates me, it excites me, and it is what keeps me motivated to grow. I think about all the amazing humans I have crossed paths with whether it be in sport, at school or at work. There is no right way to lead but there are qualities and characteristics that when you hear the [...] Read More

HOW DANCE CAN BENEFIT STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM!

01/26/22

HOW DANCE CAN BENEFIT STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM!

No matter their background or level of experience, kids can gain so much from dance. Dancing helps kids develop new skills, get physically active, and explore a creative art form. But you may be surprised to learn about the unique ways that dance helps kids succeed in the classroom. Dance builds self-confidence and independence. Dance [...] Read More

TIPS FOR INCLUDING CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

01/05/22

TIPS FOR INCLUDING CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

Clear and Consistent Communication How you communicate information is important for engaging children with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) since they may experience limitations in processing and/or understanding. Be specific with your directions and demonstrate skills and activities. Optimal Organizing Children with ID often excel when routines are consistent and activities are well-structured. Clearly defined expectations and [...] Read More

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO MOVE?

01/05/22

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO MOVE?

I asked family members what inspired them to move. I received responses ranging from movement helps me focus on my work, keeps me healthy, improves my athletics, increases my range of mobility and my mood is enhanced. These are all great reasons to move. Let’s add to the list of reasons that movement is FUN. At BOKS, one of [...] Read More

Congratulations Josiah Quincy Elementary School – Our 2021 Defender of Physical Activity

12/14/21

Congratulations Josiah Quincy Elementary School – Our 2021 Defender of Physical Activity

The BOKS team is pleased to announce Josiah Quincy Elementary School (JQES) in Boston, Massachusetts has been named our 2021 Defender of Physical Activity. JQES, which has been running a successful BOKS program for 10 years, will receive a $10,000 grant to support its program and any other applicable health and wellness initiatives. In addition [...] Read More

4 Reasons to Layer up and Get Outside This Winter

11/22/21

4 Reasons to Layer up and Get Outside This Winter

As the weather gets colder, wetter and drearier, many people retreat indoors and go into a form of hibernation. However, we aren’t grizzly bears, we don’t need to hibernate to survive the cold weather.  We need to fight that urge to hunker down under layers of blankets and wait for the days to brighten.  Getting [...] Read More

Indoor-Friendly Activities for Winter

11/22/21

Indoor-Friendly Activities for Winter

As colder months usher more kids inside and winter breaks lead to sedentary habits, you might find yourself wondering, “How can I keep my kids active in a fun, indoor-friendly way?” This is particularly important after kids have been challenged mentally and physically by the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies show that increased sedentary time leads to [...] Read More

Go-To Lunches to Make with Your Kids

11/22/21

Go-To Lunches to Make with Your Kids

I remember being in grade two and standing in the kitchen with my parents and sister as we all made our lunches together.  I would talk with my friends at school, and they would open their lunch bags and complain about what their mom packed them.  I was shocked – what do you mean your [...] Read More

SUPPORTING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG WOMEN THROUGH MOVEMENT

11/09/21

SUPPORTING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG WOMEN THROUGH MOVEMENT

It’s been an incredible year for women in sport. From their dominating presence in Tokyo at the Olympics, to outstanding performances at the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, women are showing up to take their space in the sporting world. At the same time, we watched as these strong role models made vulnerable and powerful statements about prioritizing their health [...] Read More

CAN YOU HELP US FIND OUR NEXT DEFENDER OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AWARD WINNER?  BOKS TO AWARD $10,000 TO EXEMPLARY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAM

11/01/21

CAN YOU HELP US FIND OUR NEXT DEFENDER OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AWARD WINNER? BOKS TO AWARD $10,000 TO EXEMPLARY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAM

It’s that time of year again. The BOKS team is on the hunt for an exceptional BOKS program to award our Defenders of Physical Activity Award. Each year, we call for nominations from all of our participating U.S. BOKS schools and youth organizations to help us find one program that stands out for its efforts [...] Read More

Meet the BOKS Trainer Advisory Board Members!

10/19/21

Meet the BOKS Trainer Advisory Board Members!

We are so excited to announce members of the  BOKS Trainer Advisory Board for the 2021-22 school year!  The Trainer Advisory Board consists of 13 enthusiastic, passionate BOKS Trainers who are committed to BOKS’ mission: providing schools, youth-based organizations and families with access to daily quality physical activity that inspires kids to move. Since 2009, BOKS has [...] Read More

Fueling Your Run: Tips for Kids

09/28/21

Fueling Your Run: Tips for Kids

When it comes to fueling properly to prepare for your run and for recovery from your runs, there is a lot of information out there, much of which makes fueling seem super complicated. When it comes down to it, however, fueling doesn’t have to be complicated. Although proper nutrition is one of the most important [...] Read More

BOKS Bursts: Movement Breaks for Any Time of the Day

09/20/21

BOKS Bursts: Movement Breaks for Any Time of the Day

Only 39% of kids between the ages of 5 and 17 in Canada are meeting the physical activity recommendation of 60 minutes of movement per day (Participaction 2020). It has been proven that short and frequent movement breaks can positively impact kid’s health and learning. BOKS was inspired 10 years ago when the founder Kathleen [...] Read More

Back to our Roots: Re-Discovering the BOKS Physical Activity Plans

09/20/21

Back to our Roots: Re-Discovering the BOKS Physical Activity Plans

Although the BOKS program has evolved TREMENDOUSLY since its inception, its original physical activity plans (both Elementary and Middle School versions) have remained some of the most popular and utilized resources available to Trainers. These plans, grounded in functional fitness skills, offer about 35-45 minutes of activities and a sigh of relief to individuals, schools, [...] Read More

Ice Breakers and Teamwork Activities for Kids

08/30/21

Ice Breakers and Teamwork Activities for Kids

Creating Safe Spaces and Engaged Learners As We Head Back To In-Person Schooling Teachers have the tough job of creating a new “normal” in their classrooms this coming fall.  This past year has been an uncertain one for teachers, families, and especially the kids. However, for the Fall of 2021 we anticipate most, if not [...] Read More

BOKS ANNOUNCES $250K GRANT PROGRAM TO GET KIDS MOVING ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

08/29/21

BOKS ANNOUNCES $250K GRANT PROGRAM TO GET KIDS MOVING ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

Physical activity program provides equitable access to sport & fitness with funds, training and on-going support (BOSTON) August 23, 2021 — Today BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success), an initiative of the Reebok Foundation, announced a $250,000 grant program that will support its efforts to provide equitable access to physical activity and play to more children [...] Read More

Back To School – Where Do I Start?

08/16/21

Back To School – Where Do I Start?

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT ALL THE BOKS RESOURCES TO SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS THIS YEAR.    With the new school year quickly approaching, we wanted to take a moment to re-introduce ALL the resources BOKS has to offer and break down each one to make it super easy to select the right ones for you. We’ll also share some [...] Read More

BOKS Virtual Resource Training: August 18th

08/05/21

BOKS Virtual Resource Training: August 18th

  BOKS is hosting a Resource Training on August 18th, 2021. This training will provide attendees with an in-depth look into BOKS' Resources and how they can be implemented at school, at a youth organization or even at home! Event Details: August 18, 2021 1:30pm – 3:00pm EST Register Here Questions? Please reach out to [...] Read More

Keeping the Momentum of Movement Throughout the Summer

06/10/21

Keeping the Momentum of Movement Throughout the Summer

Congratulations on an…interesting…year!  I always like to reflect on the year that has passed…and what a year it has been. I have been able to see first-hand (well, if you count virtually as first-hand) the incredible impact our teachers and trainers make every day in the lives of their students. I have seen unprecedented creativity in how [...] Read More

Helping Kids Build Their Intrinsic Motivation

06/10/21

Helping Kids Build Their Intrinsic Motivation

As we look to summer, we find ourselves more invigorated and motivated to dust off our sedentary winter ways and get outside to move. Exactly what drives our motivation to get active can really impact the ways in which we engage and build positive connections to physical activity- kids are no different. Traditional models of education, recreation, and other spaces that include physical activity have [...] Read More

Use BOKS Resources All Summer Long

06/10/21

Use BOKS Resources All Summer Long

Whether you are at home with your kids, you are a counselor at summer camp, or teaching summer school, everyone is trying to come up with creative ways to keep our kids moving this summer. Activity Tracker: This is a great way to keep your kids active at home or at camp. You can choose [...] Read More

THE POWER OF NATURE TO MOVE US!

05/18/21

THE POWER OF NATURE TO MOVE US!

With the longer and warmer days, our planet is calling out for us to explore more! Before you begin reading this piece, I encourage you to think about the last time you were outdoors in nature. What did you do? What did it sound like? But more importantly, how did you feel after the outdoor [...] Read More

L’été avec BOKS

05/15/21

L’été avec BOKS

À l’approche de l’été, tentez-vous de découvrir de nouvelles façons de faire bouger les enfants ? Êtes-vous à la recherche de nouvelles idées pour le curriculum du camp d’été ? Ou cherchez-vous tout simplement des méthodes faciles à mettre en place qui permettront à vos enfants et aux enfants du quartier de demeurer actifs tout en s’amusant [...] Read More

Protected: On bouge à l’école: Défi BOKS à la commission scolaire English-Montréal avec le programme des Services de garde B.A.S.E.

05/15/21

Protected: On bouge à l’école: Défi BOKS à la commission scolaire English-Montréal avec le programme des Services de garde B.A.S.E.

Le programme des services de garde B.A.S.E. (Before and After School Enriched) de la Commission scolaire English-Montréal a lancé son tout premier concours B.A.S.E. BOKS dans sept services de garde scolaires le 18 janvier 2022. La compétition de trois mois avait deux objectifs : amener les enfants âgés de 4 à 12 ans à faire de l’activité physique [...] Read More

HOW MINDFULNESS CAN IMPROVE YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH

04/21/21

HOW MINDFULNESS CAN IMPROVE YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH

When you hear the word “healthy,” what do you think of? Maybe you imagine broccoli or push-ups, running or spinach. But do you think about your mind? The truth is, overall health includes both body and mind, and we can’t be truly healthy unless we’re taking care of our thought patterns and mental wellness. What is Mindfulness? [...] Read More

New York Times Feature: Getting Kids to Move More

04/07/21

New York Times Feature: Getting Kids to Move More

Exercise scientists and coaches offer tips on getting young people to be more active.   When we asked readers recently what they wanted to know about the coronavirus and exercise, many parents responded with variations of the question — or in some instances, the cri de coeur — of how do I get my kids [...] Read More

MAKE RUNNING MORE FUN AND STAY MOTIVATED!

03/30/21

MAKE RUNNING MORE FUN AND STAY MOTIVATED!

Sometimes the hardest obstacle to running is simply getting out the door. As a collegiate runner, I can attest to the fact that mental barriers can be challenging to overcome. Whether dealing with injury or mental fatigue, nothing beats the feeling of finishing up a productive run. Finding new ways to stay engaged with the [...] Read More

IMPORTANCE OF STRETCHING FOR RUNNING

03/30/21

IMPORTANCE OF STRETCHING FOR RUNNING

My name is Owen Chase and I have been a BOKS kid since I was in 4th grade in 2010. I participated in BOKS in elementary and middle school. My love for running started while racing the BOKS trainers on the 400m track around Memorial Elementary School. Today, I run cross country, and track and [...] Read More

KEEPING YOUR KIDS (INDEPENDENTLY) ACTIVE THIS SPRING BREAK

03/24/21

KEEPING YOUR KIDS (INDEPENDENTLY) ACTIVE THIS SPRING BREAK

Spring break is here – whoooo!  Ok, maybe that isn’t this year’s reaction to spring break, since travel restrictions are keeping most of us close to home. Whether you are taking time off together as a family or the kids need to self-entertain a bit while you work, here are some ideas for how to stay active and keep [...] Read More

STEAM YOUR WAY INTO A BOKS CLASS – GET MOVING WHILE INTRODUCING STEAM CONCEPTS!

03/18/21

STEAM YOUR WAY INTO A BOKS CLASS – GET MOVING WHILE INTRODUCING STEAM CONCEPTS!

STEAM formerly known as STEM is an approach to learning that incorporates science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, across the curriculum. Educators throughout the world are using STEAM concepts in their classrooms. These concepts are helping to promote problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship, acceptance of failure and more. These [...] Read More

BUILDING POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH

03/10/21

BUILDING POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH

We are coming up on a year since we first went into lockdown due to the coronavirus. Throughout the pandemic, mental health and maintaining positive mental health has been a top priority as we all navigate the constant pressure and stress that this situation has created. At BOKS, we are grateful for all that our [...] Read More

BOKS SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: ST. EVAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

02/16/21

BOKS SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: ST. EVAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  BOKS SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT ST. EVAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Here at St. Evan, we have had the pleasure to promote and participate in a variety of BOKS programs, ranging from the BOKS Bursts to the BOKS Program, in the 2 years that we have opened our doors to our school community. My name is Cristina Pupo, [...] Read More

5 ADVANTAGES THAT A LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR YOUR STUDENTS CAN CREATE

01/29/21

5 ADVANTAGES THAT A LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR YOUR STUDENTS CAN CREATE

As an adult, have you had the privilege of watching youth take on leadership roles? It is inspiring to see just what these young leaders are capable of. And they are not just leaders of tomorrow, they are leaders of TODAY. Often it is the students who are the quietest, who you don’t necessarily expect [...] Read More

How to Keep Physical Activity FUN?

01/29/21

How to Keep Physical Activity FUN?

If someone were to ask you “what is the first thing you think about when you think about BOKS?”, what would that thought be? Since starting the BOKS program in 2009, one of our goals has been to make being physical activity FUN. And what better way to bring the fun into movement than by [...] Read More

Reebok to Provide $100,000 to 10 Lucky BOKS Programs ($10,000 Each!)

01/25/21

Reebok to Provide $100,000 to 10 Lucky BOKS Programs ($10,000 Each!)

Reebok & BOKS are Getting Kids Active throughout the Nation by Increasing Movement Opportunities   (BOSTON, MA) January 25, 2021 — Today Reebok and BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success), an initiative of the Reebok Foundation, announced that they will provide 10 underserved schools and nonprofit youth organizations across the nation who are utilizing BOKS resources to [...] Read More

BOKS IN ACTION: KEEPING KIDS MOVING DURING COVID-19

12/22/20

BOKS IN ACTION: KEEPING KIDS MOVING DURING COVID-19

At BOKS we know that movement and play are crucial to the wellbeing of children of all ages. Not only does physical activity improve physical health, but it’s directly correlated with mental health, social-emotional wellness, and academic performance. When COVID-19 first impacted our communities, the BOKS team understood it would be more important than ever [...] Read More

NEW BOKS RESOURCES COMING IN 2021

12/21/20

NEW BOKS RESOURCES COMING IN 2021

Are you and your kids looking for new ways to get moving at home or in school? BOKS has you covered with SEVEN new FREE resources that are launching this year from January to June! You will be able to choose between games, crafts, recipes, running activities, mindfulness and more when you sign-up for BOKS. Check [...] Read More

7 WAYS TO KEEP MOVING THIS WINTER

11/29/20

7 WAYS TO KEEP MOVING THIS WINTER

There is a reason bears hibernate in winter. It’s COLD, sometimes, it is wet, icy, and COLD. Did I mention the COLD? While it is easy to slip into the thought of a warm hibernation once the cold hits, I love the challenge of coming up with fun ways to keep myself and my family [...] Read More

KIDS LEARN HOW TO MAKE FOOD FUN!

11/29/20

KIDS LEARN HOW TO MAKE FOOD FUN!

At BOKS we believe in the power of movement and exercise, especially when it’s fun. We know that good habits start young and we also know that fueling your body with nutritious food is key to building healthy habits that last a lifetime. This is why our BOKS programming includes nutrition tips called BOKS Bits. [...] Read More

BRING THE BENEFITS OF DANCE TO YOUR STUDENTS!

11/16/20

BRING THE BENEFITS OF DANCE TO YOUR STUDENTS!

As educators, you likely already have great ideas about how to get your students more active and engaged this year. But here’s an idea we’d love for you to consider more deeply: Dance. We know that dance is a powerful, yet underutilized tool for education, health and well-being across all spectrums of Canadian society. For [...] Read More

5 WAYS KIDS CAN SOCIALIZE WHILE STAYING PHYSICALLY DISTANT (AND NOT BEHIND A SCREEN)

11/02/20

5 WAYS KIDS CAN SOCIALIZE WHILE STAYING PHYSICALLY DISTANT (AND NOT BEHIND A SCREEN)

Do you feel stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to keep your kids safe from the dangers of COVID but also allowing them normal social interactions? You are not alone. One of the biggest concerns for kids resulting from months of quarantine has been both the social isolation and rise in online [...] Read More

12 EASY GAMES FOR KIDS – AT A DISTANCE!

10/22/20

12 EASY GAMES FOR KIDS – AT A DISTANCE!

Our BOKS lesson plan documents contain endless games to run with your students, many of which can be modified to play without equipment and while ensuring students are at an appropriate distance. Here we have pulled out 12 of these games that are easy to run while maintaining current protocols and ensuring that your students [...] Read More

The Washington Post Feature: Experts are worried about covid-19’s effect on childhood obesity. Here’s what we can do.

10/07/20

The Washington Post Feature: Experts are worried about covid-19’s effect on childhood obesity. Here’s what we can do.

(istock) For the millions of American schoolchildren learning from home this school year, their “classroom” offers no playground or kickball courts for recess. Their school days end with no after-school sports or extracurricular activities. But what they do have, as the coronavirus pandemic forces a shift to virtual or hybrid education, is unfettered access to [...] Read More

Mindfulness for All: BOKS and Special Olympics Yoga Event with Tara Stiles

10/06/20

Mindfulness for All: BOKS and Special Olympics Yoga Event with Tara Stiles

The BOKS and Special Olympics Yoga and Mindfulness event is for kids of all ages and abilities to move their bodies, learn new stress management techniques, and understand their emotional health in a fun way. Join BOKS and Special Olympics for this free virtual event hosted by Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga, on October [...] Read More

Five Ways to Get Moving with BOKS Right Now

10/01/20

Five Ways to Get Moving with BOKS Right Now

Over the past few months, school and physical activity has changed dramatically for our kids. While current BOKS programming might not reflect that of years’ past, there are still plenty of ways to get kids active with BOKS! Our programming has been adapted to be run by anyone, anywhere – including as a resource for parents [...] Read More

Reebok to Donate 5% of All Kids Footwear to Get Children Active and Healthy

10/01/20

Reebok to Donate 5% of All Kids Footwear to Get Children Active and Healthy

Reebok to Donate 5% of All Kids Footwear to Get Children Active and Healthy Brand Partners with DSW to Support BOKS and Increase its Impact in Underserved Communities  (BOSTON, MA) OCTOBER 1, 2020 — Starting today, Reebok will donate 5% of all Kids Footwear sales on its US ecommerce site to BOKS(Build Our Kids’ Success) [...] Read More

$10,000 Defenders of Physical Activity Award

09/18/20

$10,000 Defenders of Physical Activity Award

UPDATE: 12/14/20 - We are thrilled to announce that BOKS has awarded over $200,000 to more than 90 schools and non-profit youth organizations in underserved communities in the U.S. These grants will help support BOKS programming and other health and wellness initiatives during the 2020-21 school year.  As such, our grant program is now closed and we [...] Read More

CREATING HEALTHY SNACKS FROM YOUR HARVEST

09/17/20

CREATING HEALTHY SNACKS FROM YOUR HARVEST

Come September, beyond thoughts of back to school, all I can think about is my garden HARVEST. Back in April when I started my seedlings, the thought of the HARVEST was far off, but now that it’s here, all I start to think about is the yummy delicious items I can make with my HARVEST. [...] Read More

Boston.com Feature: 10 things to do in Boston this weekend

09/17/20

Boston.com Feature: 10 things to do in Boston this weekend

BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston. September 17, 2020 Work up a Sweat with the Fall Fitness Challenge Has it been a little while since you took on one of those fitness challenges that were all the rage at the beginning of the pandemic? If you break [...] Read More

ANNOUNCING: Beethoven Elementary as BOKS’ Defenders of Physical Activity Program of the Year

09/14/20

ANNOUNCING: Beethoven Elementary as BOKS’ Defenders of Physical Activity Program of the Year

Last year, BOKS announced the Defenders of Physical Activity Award to recognize exceptional programs across the country. This award is meant to highlight the trainers, parents, teachers, volunteers, and administrators that are dedicated to the physical and mental health of their students. All award recipients utilize BOKS in different ways, and all demonstrate their passion [...] Read More

BOKS ANNOUNCES $200K GRANT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

09/11/20

BOKS ANNOUNCES $200K GRANT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

Funds, training, and programmatic support bring equitable access to activity and play to more children in-need during COVID-19 and beyond  (BOSTON) SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 — Today BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success), an initiative of the Reebok Foundation, announced a $200,000 grant program that will support its efforts to provide equal access to physical activity and [...] Read More

FREE Back to School Resources!

09/08/20

FREE Back to School Resources!

Physical activity is more important now than ever for kids who desperately need their daily dose of endorphins. When movement is added to a child’s day, it increases academic success and improves social-emotional wellbeing. As such, BOKS has launched new resources that will suit kids of any learning scenario, location, or age! Check out BOKS’ [...] Read More

PANEL: Understanding and coping with your child’s mental health during Covid-19

08/10/20

PANEL: Understanding and coping with your child’s mental health during Covid-19

At this point, we’ve all heard it a million times, “we are living in unprecedented times.” Covid-19 has impacted so many of us in so many different ways. Now, we are collectively facing back-to-school and determining if and how children will go back amidst this pandemic. At BOKS, we are working to provide you with [...] Read More

4 Ways to Get Out in Nature this Summer

07/29/20

4 Ways to Get Out in Nature this Summer

Many of my best memories of childhood are linked to time spent having fun in the park, on the playground, in the street or in nature! Each season has so much to offer families and provides a great opportunity to try out different activities to give our routine a little change. Kids love spending time [...] Read More

Complete List of All the BOKS At-Home Resources

07/14/20

Complete List of All the BOKS At-Home Resources

Below you'll find a complete list of all the BOKS At-Home resources available for free download! Wondering how on Earth you’ll keep your kids entertained and active this summer with many summer camps cancelled and limited sports options? Or maybe you want to introduce more yoga & mindfulness to your kids each week? Or you’re [...] Read More

Tips and Tricks for Creating Independent Structure Over the Summer

07/09/20

Tips and Tricks for Creating Independent Structure Over the Summer

It’s been an incredibly stressful time, and it’s important that we help our kids thrive during the summer months  – maybe above all else, it is important that during this time we do what we can to support our kids in feeling happy, safe, and secure. Without many summer programs able to run and camps [...] Read More

Gone Camping

07/03/20

Gone Camping

Gone Camping  Get excited for summer camping by doing each activity for 60 seconds:  Jog in place as if a big scary bear is chasing you  Reach up as if you are picking berries  Do toe touches as if you are hammering in tent stakes  Wall sit (or squat) as if you are sitting around [...] Read More

Give Me 10

07/02/20

Give Me 10

Give Me 10  Do each activity 10 times. Jump Rope (pretending you have a jump rope in your hand)  Elbow to knee (opposite elbow to opposite knee)  Mummy kicks (arms out straight crossing over each time, legs kick out straight)  Side lunges – touch your feet (5 times each side)  Star Jacks (squat, jump up [...] Read More

Plank, Crunch

07/01/20

Plank, Crunch

Plank, Crunch  Alternate between a plank and crunches:  Hold plank for 15 seconds, 5 crunches Hold plank for 15 seconds, 4 crunches  Hold plank for 15 seconds, 3 crunches  Hold plank for 15 seconds, 2 crunches  Hold plank for 15 seconds, 1 crunch  Rest for 30 seconds  Repeat 5x    Read More

Plank Tabata

06/30/20

Plank Tabata

Plank Tabata:  Lead trainer will cue kids to rest and resume.  Cue kids to assume their position and countdown to start movement.  Hold plank for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds.  Repeat 4 - 8 times, depending on available time. If a kid says it is too easy, he/she can lift one leg during [...] Read More

Hip Hop Burst

06/29/20

Hip Hop Burst

Hip Hop Burst Biz Markie Start with your feet apart and hop to one side with arms in a T and jazz hands/show biz hands. When you land, the opposite arm of the direction you hopped goes across the body as if you are marking something on the wall. Gucci Hopping twice side to side, [...] Read More

Sharing a Passion of Gardening with Your Kids!

06/28/20

Sharing a Passion of Gardening with Your Kids!

Gardening is a passion of mine. I can’t remember a time that I did not have a garden in my yard/patio/balcony/deck. Now that we’ve been confined to our home (only leaving for essentials) due to the coronavirus, gardening has taken on a whole new meaning for me. A little bit of history here. Gardening during [...] Read More

Uniting Against Racism: A Note From Our Founder

06/02/20

Uniting Against Racism: A Note From Our Founder

To Our BOKS Community, I want to reach out on behalf of the entire BOKS team and acknowledge the pain and suffering that so many in the Black community,  as well as all communities battling injustice, are experiencing in the United States and across the globe. BOKS would not exist without you. We pledge to [...] Read More

May 2020 Defenders of Physical Activity Award – Tom Levett & Josiah Quincy

05/26/20

May 2020 Defenders of Physical Activity Award – Tom Levett & Josiah Quincy

Announcing May’s Defenders of Physical Activity Award Winner: Tom Levett & The Josiah Quincy School Tom Levett and Reebok President Matt O'Toole BOKS is on a mission; to get kids active and establish a lifelong commitment to health and fitness. In order to achieve this, we rely on the individuals who deliver our program and [...] Read More

BOKS and Special Olympics Announce Partnership to Enhance Physical Activity for Children of All Abilities

05/07/20

BOKS and Special Olympics Announce Partnership to Enhance Physical Activity for Children of All Abilities

BOKS deepens its commitment to inclusive movement for children and communities across the globe by enriching its curriculum with help from Special Olympics BOSTON, MA, May 7, 2020 – BOKS, an initiative of the Reebok Foundation, and Special Olympics have announced a multi-year collaboration to enrich BOKS’ physical activity program with inclusive strategies for kids [...] Read More

SHARING INSPIRATION IN UNUSUAL WAYS DURING THIS NEW “STAY HOME” TIME

05/06/20

SHARING INSPIRATION IN UNUSUAL WAYS DURING THIS NEW “STAY HOME” TIME

If there is one thing I have found in this new “stay home” time, it’s that the way we are connecting with people has changed. I am feeling more connected to those who live far away as we experiment with virtual game nights and video conference calls. I am spending more quality time with the [...] Read More

20 WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE AT HOME WITH KIDS

05/04/20

20 WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE AT HOME WITH KIDS

Creating a new routine can be tricky for kids – especially when there is very little structure without school, extracurricular activities, or sports. For parents, it’s even more difficult to manage a job, your kids, find time to exercise (or even just breathe)! At BOKS, we know how much physical activity helps our mental health [...] Read More

BOKS Bursts for Seniors: Get Active & Have Fun At Home!

04/30/20

BOKS Bursts for Seniors: Get Active & Have Fun At Home!

While people of all ages have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the senior community has had to be particularly diligent when it comes to keeping themselves isolated to stay safe and healthy. Understanding that being physically active can help you stay healthy physically and mentally, the BOKS team turned its attention to the senior [...] Read More

April Defenders of Physical Activity Award Winner: SaRah BoweRs!

04/26/20

April Defenders of Physical Activity Award Winner: SaRah BoweRs!

Congratulations to Potter Road School and Lead Trainer, SaRah Bowers, for winning our  Defenders of Physical Activity award for the month of April!  SaRah has been involved with BOKS for 5 years and has proven to be a dedicated and enthusiastic lead trainer. SaRah's dedication truly shined through when schools in her district were shut [...] Read More

What is Missing? The Game

04/18/20

What is Missing? The Game

YOU WILL NEED: A table or tray A variety of small toys or objects from your home A piece of material or tea towel INSTRUCTIONS: Get different objects from around your home and place them on a table. Get your child to take a look at what they can see – you can encourage them [...] Read More

KEEPING YOUR CUP FULL = TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

04/17/20

KEEPING YOUR CUP FULL = TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

You may have heard the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup”, which brings so much truth to our reality today. Taking care of ourselves means we are keeping our cup full, providing us the ability to give and care for others. This resonates with me a lot and is something I have been [...] Read More

Adjusting to Life at HOME – Finding Balance in this New World

04/16/20

Adjusting to Life at HOME – Finding Balance in this New World

Although we are all in completely different situations, with varying degrees of stress, workloads and priorities, we can likely all attest that these new and uncertain times are finding us at home more often, if not all the time. In some cases, we may have more time on our hands with less social events in [...] Read More

COVID19 – Update from BOKS

03/13/20

COVID19 – Update from BOKS

Hello BOKS Community, The health and safety of everyone in our BOKS community is our top priority. That being said, we encourage you to follow your local school or program’s policy when it comes to the COVID-19 and/or check with your local  Department of Public Health and the Federal Government’s Centers for Disease and Control. Both [...] Read More

BOKS TRAINERS: GET EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE REEBOKONE INSTRUCTOR COMMUNITY

02/25/20

BOKS TRAINERS: GET EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE REEBOKONE INSTRUCTOR COMMUNITY

Did you know that as a BOKS trainer you are qualified to join ReebokONE? As a token of appreciation for being dedicated to a healthy lifestyle, Reebok’s ReebokONE instructor loyalty program offers BOKS trainers the opportunity to receive an always-on 25% discount towards all purchases at Reebok.com. As an active trainer, you’ll also be qualified [...] Read More

St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet Game

02/24/20

St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet Game

St. Patrick's Day, celebrated on March 17th, can be a great excuse to wear green and search for the Luck of the Irish! It can also be a fun holiday to implement games into your class to get everyone up and moving. In our BOKS Alphabet game, students will work together to spell out St. [...] Read More

BOKSpectations: Setting Rules for Your BOKS Class

01/30/20

BOKSpectations: Setting Rules for Your BOKS Class

“BOKSpectations” may be a mouthful to say, but if properly outlined and executed, they can mean the difference between an ordinary BOKS class and an extraordinary BOKS class. BOKSpectations are really just a fun way to lay out “rules” for your BOKS class. Over the years we’ve seen many different variations of these expectations depending [...] Read More

Apply to Run the 2020 Boston Marathon for BOKS!

12/17/19

Apply to Run the 2020 Boston Marathon for BOKS!

For the third year in a row, BOKS has the opportunity for 5 runners to compete in the Boston Marathon! For the 2020 Boston Marathon, we’re opening the BOKS marathon team to anyone that would like to apply for the chance to run for BOKS. Team BOKS will be coached by Olympic runner and Reebok [...] Read More

2019 Holiday Fun Pack!

12/16/19

2019 Holiday Fun Pack!

Are you an educator looking for ways to keep your students engaged throughout the day right before winter break? Or are you a parent who wants to keep your child active during the week at home for the holidays? Well then look no further because BOKS has a Holiday Fun Pack designed to keep children [...] Read More

Healthy Holiday Treats to Make with your Kids

12/11/19

Healthy Holiday Treats to Make with your Kids

The holiday season is here, and the BOKS team is overflowing with cheer (and yummy treats!). This year, we want to help you and your family find the perfect balance between indulging in your favorite holiday foods while maintaining your family’s healthy nutrition habits. We understand finding this balance becomes even more difficult with holiday [...] Read More

Announcing our first Defender of Physical Activity Award Winner: Memorial Elementary in Natick!

10/21/19

Announcing our first Defender of Physical Activity Award Winner: Memorial Elementary in Natick!

Congratulations to Memorial Elementary in Natick for being the first recipient of the BOKS Defender of Physical Activity Award. As our first ever BOKS school, Memorial has been an exemplary program to which all of our other BOKS schools have been modeled from and as such, was an easy choice to receive our first recognition. [...] Read More

Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Day with BOKS

10/10/19

Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Day with BOKS

Today is Mental Health Awareness day, and here at BOKS we felt it important to take the time to celebrate the fact that this once highly stigmatized issue is finally getting the attention it deserves. While we’ve made strides with awareness – we still have a lot of work to do if we want to [...] Read More

Introducing the Defenders of Physical Activity Award

09/24/19

Introducing the Defenders of Physical Activity Award

At BOKS, we envision a world in which physical activity is part of every child’s day. Our existing BOKS programs, and the trainers who run those programs, are getting us closer to making this dream a reality. To us, these all-star BOKS programs are real-life superheroes. That’s why we are excited to announce The Defenders of [...] Read More

It’s time to #LetKidsMove

09/12/19

It’s time to #LetKidsMove

BOKS was founded almost 10 years ago with a goal to put ourselves out of business by making physical activity part of every child’s school day. Unfortunately, in today’s screen obsessed culture, modern society has taken us even further from our goal. Our kids are the least active generation in history and yet, physical inactivity [...] Read More

BOKS x Spartan: Brand New High School Curriculum!

08/18/19

BOKS x Spartan: Brand New High School Curriculum!

Enroll your school here! Ready? Set. Go! It’s time to get high schoolers off their screens and into motion. BOKS has partnered with Spartan, the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, to bring you a brand-new curriculum exclusively designed for high school students. Spartan hosts more than 250 obstacle events across more than 40 [...] Read More

Reebok & BOKS Collab: The Reebok Ambassador Program

08/14/19

Reebok & BOKS Collab: The Reebok Ambassador Program

BOKS would not be possible without our key players: the amazing BOKS trainers and of course the amazing kiddos that bring their playful energy to each BOKS class. But BOKS has a third (less well-know yet equally important) team that plays a critical role in the success of the program – the BOKS Ambassadors.   [...] Read More

Kids Helping Kids: How to Launch a Student-Run Charity Event

08/05/19

Kids Helping Kids: How to Launch a Student-Run Charity Event

This past May, five students at Milton Academy,  located in Milton, Massachusetts,  ran a charity Spikeball tournament raising hundreds of dollars in support of BOKS, proving that any one at any age can make a difference! Mark Pang, Emma Borggaard, Abby Borggaard, Emma Drisko, and Henry Taylor, aged 15 to 18, all part of the [...] Read More

BOKS & Reebok Buy One Give One Eligibility

07/24/19

BOKS & Reebok Buy One Give One Eligibility

The Reebok and BOKS Buy One Give One campaign is here to help our high-need schools outfit their children in appropriate attire so they can run and play freely! For every kid’s shoe purchased on Reebok.com from now until July 31st, 2019, Reebok will donated a free pair to BOKS (up to 5,000 pairs)! If [...] Read More

REEBOK LAUNCHES BUY-ONE-GIVE-ONE TO SUPPORT BOKS KIDS

07/22/19

REEBOK LAUNCHES BUY-ONE-GIVE-ONE TO SUPPORT BOKS KIDS

As the back-to-school season approaches, Reebok has launched a new campaign that will allow families to purchase with purpose. From July 22-31, 2019 Reebok will run its Kids Footwear “Buy One, Give One” campaign benefitting BOKS kids in low-income schools.  For every kids shoe purchased on Reebok.com in the U.S. – Reebok will donate a [...] Read More

Top Tips for Implementing Obstacle Courses

06/25/19

Top Tips for Implementing Obstacle Courses

Obstacle courses are a BOKS favorite for so many reasons. They’re super versatile and customizable, great for both indoor and outdoor spaces, and don’t require any special equipment. As the weather improves and the best place for exercise is outside, building an obstacle course is a great way for kids to improve endurance, strength, and [...] Read More

BOKS Springtime Produce Picks!

05/28/19

BOKS Springtime Produce Picks!

Spring is a time for regrowth and rebirth, which starts right under our feet in the soil. Once the snow melts and the sun begins to come out, all kinds of new growth begins, starting one of our favorite seasons for the best produce! The new beginning of Spring can also lends itself to changes [...] Read More

What it’s REALLY Like to Run the Boston Marathon for BOKS

05/22/19

What it’s REALLY Like to Run the Boston Marathon for BOKS

It’s been one month since our BOKS Boston Marathon team took to the historic streets of Beantown to complete 26.2 grueling miles and raise money to help us reverse the physical inactivity pandemic!  After having some time to reflect on the monumental accomplishment, a few of our runners shared their thoughts on the experience. Conor [...] Read More

May: Month of Mindfulness

05/14/19

May: Month of Mindfulness

OHHMMMMMMMM. Did you know that May is mindfulness month? Which means it’s the perfect time to start incorporating mindfulness into your life and the lives of those around you, specifically children. We get it. Everyone has busy schedules. Multitasking has consumed our lives and it seems like we’re constantly moving at light speed. Each day [...] Read More

A Note from Tara Stiles on the Importance of Yoga & Mindfulness

05/09/19

A Note from Tara Stiles on the Importance of Yoga & Mindfulness

A NOTE FROM TARA STILES - Founder of STRALA Yoga and contributor to the BOKS Yoga & Mindfulness curriculum It’s not the yoga that heals you.  It’s you that heals you. I was lucky as a kid to grow up with a healthy dose of mindfulness without the side of pretense. My parents led by [...] Read More

Best Practices for Implementing Bursts Into the Classroom/Home Environment

04/25/19

Best Practices for Implementing Bursts Into the Classroom/Home Environment

You know that feeling when you’ve been sitting for too long and you can’t help but start to fidget and stretch?  We’ve all experienced it whether we are stuck in a meeting or lounging on the couch and if we as adults experience it, you better believe it happens to kids in the classroom or [...] Read More

Announcing the 2nd Annual Trainer Appreciation Award

04/24/19

Announcing the 2nd Annual Trainer Appreciation Award

All of our BOKS trainers and volunteers deserve to be rewarded. They exemplify what it means to be a change agent for good in their communities. This year we are so excited to announce that we will be honoring a few exceptional trainers with our BOKS Trainer Appreciation Awards. The first place winner will be [...] Read More

Inclusive Springtime Games Even the Shy Kids Will Love

04/16/19

Inclusive Springtime Games Even the Shy Kids Will Love

Spring has sprung!  Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’s time to get the kids outside!! The reality is, kids spend most of the springtime in school waiting for summer vacation to begin. Much of their outside time is limited to the few minutes of recess they have per day.   When most of [...] Read More

The Big Impact Small Bursts of Activity Can Have On Your Health

03/26/19

The Big Impact Small Bursts of Activity Can Have On Your Health

It’s hard to believe that Spring is finally here! We’ve moved the clocks forward, have that long awaited extra hour of daylight, and now we’re anticipating warmer weather. While it seems like this time of year should be much easier to squeeze in those 60 minutes of recommended daily physical activity, it’s also the time [...] Read More

Trainer Spotlight: Sam Lenson, UMaine

03/12/19

Trainer Spotlight: Sam Lenson, UMaine

One of the amazing things about BOKS is that our trainers come from all walks of life, bringing a wide range of experiences to the programs that they run. One of these trainers, Sam Lenson, brings a fresh perspective to BOKS in his community by involving students and athletes from his alma mater, The University [...] Read More

BOKS at SXSW EDU 2019!

02/26/19

BOKS at SXSW EDU 2019!

For the second year in a row, BOKS will be attending the SXSW EDU (South By Southwest Education Conference) in Austin, Texas, in just one week! The SXSW EDU Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a community of optimistic, forward-thinking, purpose-driven stakeholders with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching [...] Read More

Treats for A Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day

02/12/19

Treats for A Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day

As February rolls around, so does another few weeks of sugar-filled snacking. As much fun as those little heart-candies are (especially when they send a loving message to you or your kids), it is no surprise that they offer little nutritional value (other than packing in lots of extra sugar). Most Valentine’s Day treats follow [...] Read More

BOKS Shoe Design Delivery Day!

01/17/19

BOKS Shoe Design Delivery Day!

Back in July, we held our very first BOKS Shoe Design Contest. The contest challenged kids to design their very own Reebok shoe and the winner of the contest received the opportunity to bring their shoe to life. After a company-wide evaluation of thousands of submissions from across the country, Emma from the Grace Academy [...] Read More

Winter weather keeping kids indoors? Try yoga for both exercise and calm.

01/10/19

Winter weather keeping kids indoors? Try yoga for both exercise and calm.

  As the days get shorter and snow begins to fall over many parts of the world, activities are corralled indoors. As much fun (and great exercise) a good snow-ball fight can be, many days after school and on weekends will limit the breadth of exercise both you and your kids can get. This is [...] Read More

Healthy Holiday Treats to Make with Kids

12/20/18

Healthy Holiday Treats to Make with Kids

The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy good food with friends and family, but between the eggnog and Christmas cookies, sometimes we can feel a little overloaded with sugar. Pizza gets a bad reputation sometimes, but if you make it at home, it’s actually not as unhealthy as we might think! These holiday pizzas [...] Read More

How To Utilize Older Students as Junior Trainers

12/14/18

How To Utilize Older Students as Junior Trainers

As the BOKS Training and Program Manager, a large part of my job is to train new people to run BOKS. I have trained physical education professionals and parents who are passionate about bringing physical activity to their kids’ schools. The parents, which arguably make up the vast majority of our BOKS trainers, may not come from [...] Read More

Announcing Partnership with BCBSMA and Attleboro Public Schools

12/13/18

Announcing Partnership with BCBSMA and Attleboro Public Schools

  BOKS PARTNERS WITH ATTLEBORO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS TO BRING PROGRAMMING TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BOKS curriculum gets kids moving, teaches them about nutrition ATTLEBORO – Attleboro elementary students will have even more opportunities to get moving and playing, all while learning more about nutrition and wellness. BOKS (Build Our Kids’ [...] Read More

BOKS and the Rise in Cost of Competitive Sports

12/05/18

BOKS and the Rise in Cost of Competitive Sports

A recent article published in the Washington Post, highlights the dropping participation in youth sports. Yes, this can be attributed to the rising inactivity in American children, however, one reason more and more kids are not participating in sports can be blamed on the cost. These high prices of competitive sports are actually keeping kids [...] Read More

Why Gratitude Needs to be Practiced All Year Long – Not Just on Thanksgiving

11/21/18

Why Gratitude Needs to be Practiced All Year Long – Not Just on Thanksgiving

In the age of technology, it can be easy to take things for granted. Information is quickly accessible through a screen, an Uber gets you from point A to point B, and we stay connected with our friends through social media. If anything, the ease of access to the things we need lulls us into [...] Read More

How to Utilize iPhone’s New Screen Time Feature

11/13/18

How to Utilize iPhone’s New Screen Time Feature

According to a study conducted in 2018 by PEW Research Center, 95% of Americans own a cell phone of some sort and 77% specifically own a smart phone.  In addition, almost 75% of Americans also own additional digital devices such as a desktop or laptop computer. One thing is clear - technology is everywhere, all the [...] Read More

How to Manage Your Kid’s Candy Consumption: Top 10 Tips!

10/22/18

How to Manage Your Kid’s Candy Consumption: Top 10 Tips!

Halloween is a highlight for many kids, excited to dress up as their favorite character and eat endless amounts of candy. However, it can be more of a nightmare for parents concerned with their child’s nutrition and sugar intake. We know that most types of food enjoyed in moderation, with the occasional over indulgence, are [...] Read More

BOKS and the Importance of Volunteering

10/18/18

BOKS and the Importance of Volunteering

BOKS has got it all: the squats, the burpees, the games, the nutrition bits, and so much more. But everyone knows that kids of the 21stcentury don’t necessarily respond to programs just because they are backed by science, or just because they are told it’s good for them. The most important part of BOKS, that [...] Read More

Gym Class Trauma Leads to Future Health Problems

09/19/18

Gym Class Trauma Leads to Future Health Problems

By Kathleen Tullie, Senior Director of Social Purpose Reebok and founder & executive director, BOKS A recent article published in the Daily Mail details a new research study which found children who were picked last or excluded in gym class were more likely to exercise less as adults. While not a surprise, this is cause [...] Read More

Trainer Spotlight: Abby McPherson

08/30/18

Trainer Spotlight: Abby McPherson

For this week’s trainer spotlight we had the chance to speak with Abby McPherson, BOKS trainer and PE teacher at Turner Elementary in Washington, DC. Abby was first exposed to BOKS while she was working at Playworks and began volunteering at BOKS in the mornings for volunteer service hours. As time went on, Abby began [...] Read More

BOKS Trainer Appreciation Awards 2018

08/24/18

BOKS Trainer Appreciation Awards 2018

BOKS Trainers are game changers in their community - they bring the many physical and mental health benefits of fitness to kids in fun and creative ways. This year, in an effort to reward these outstanding individuals, we called on the entire BOKS community across the globe to nominate stand out trainers for the “BOKS [...] Read More

The 2018 CrossFit Games BOKS Kids Area Experience

08/16/18

The 2018 CrossFit Games BOKS Kids Area Experience

This past week, our BOKS team had the incredible opportunity to travel to Madison, Wisconsin to attend the 2018 CrossFit Games! The CrossFit Games brings together some of the fittest people on earth including fit families and kids. A large part of our visit entailed talking to parents and the general CrossFit community about BOKS’ mission [...] Read More

Join team BOKS for the Reebok Boston 10K for Women

08/15/18

Join team BOKS for the Reebok Boston 10K for Women

The BOKS Team is excited to announce that BOKS has been chosen as one of two non-profit beneficiaries of the Reebok Boston 10K for Women. The historic race will take place on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8th and we would love to see the whole BOKS community come together to run, cheer, and support our [...] Read More

Are Smartphones the new cigarettes? Part 2: change is happening

08/10/18

Are Smartphones the new cigarettes? Part 2: change is happening

In my work, I am so lucky to be in a community and work environment where I am encouraged to not only put my phone down during the day but to use that time to be physically active. So when I wrote my recent article “Are smartphones the new cigarettes?” it wasn’t a surprise that [...] Read More

For the 2nd Straight Year, BOKS will attend the 2018 CrossFit Games and Get Kids Active

07/27/18

For the 2nd Straight Year, BOKS will attend the 2018 CrossFit Games and Get Kids Active

BOKS will be attending the 2018 CrossFit Games held in Madison, Wisconsin from August 1st - 5th for the 2nd straight year! The Reebok CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth™, where athletes compete in events that measure a broad range of functional movements from lifting, to running, and [...] Read More

BOKS Shortlisted for Beyond Sport Global Awards

07/24/18

BOKS Shortlisted for Beyond Sport Global Awards

We are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the 2018 Beyond Sport Global Awards in the Corporate Campaign or Initiative category! Our initiative was selected out of more than 400 entries worldwide to this year’s awards. As a Beyond Sport Official Shortlister, we are honored to be joining a renowned group representing the [...] Read More

2018 BOKS Summer Fun Pack

07/11/18

2018 BOKS Summer Fun Pack

Physical activity should never take a summer vacation. To help you get through the not so lazy days of summer, the BOKS team has created a “Summer Fun Pack”. This packet can be used by families, neighborhood gatherings, or as part of a summer camp. The Summer Fun Pack includes some of our favorite BOKS [...] Read More

Student Spotlight : Cameron Shearing

06/18/18

Student Spotlight : Cameron Shearing

This student spotlight came from a very special mom, Nicole Shearing, who took the time out of her busy life to post  an update about her son on Facebook that was quickly circulated through our team. Nicole’s post not only brought tears to our eyes but served as a powerful reminder of why we do [...] Read More

VIDEO: ADMINISTRATORS WEIGH IN ON THE POWER OF BOKS

06/11/18

VIDEO: ADMINISTRATORS WEIGH IN ON THE POWER OF BOKS

Educational professionals at every level face daily pressures to ensure they are creating safe and successful learning environments for their students. With an ever evolving and growing list of educational priorities, we understand that it can be challenging to get buy-in from school leaders when looking to implement a new program (no matter how beneficial [...] Read More

BOKS Kids Become Fitness Leaders @ Quincy, MA Event

05/30/18

BOKS Kids Become Fitness Leaders @ Quincy, MA Event

The Clifford Marshall Elementary School in Quincy, MA held a very special event last Thursday celebrating BOKS, the power of exercise, and total commitment to getting kids moving. Each year at this time, Principal Nicholas Ahearn, PE Teacher Janice Chapman, and 90 BOKS students lead the entire school of 500+ kids in an end-of-year celebration [...] Read More

Trainer Spotlight: SaRah Bowers, Potter Road Elementary

05/18/18

Trainer Spotlight: SaRah Bowers, Potter Road Elementary

For this trainer spotlight we spoke with SaRah Bowers, lead trainer at Potter Road Elementary School in Framingham, MA. SaRah got involved with BOKS when her daughter joined the program three years ago. Since then, SaRah has graduated to Lead Trainer, giving her the freedom to create new opportunities for the students to enrich their [...] Read More

Student Spotlight: Luke Dalpe

05/04/18

Student Spotlight: Luke Dalpe

Whether they be students, trainers, or family members we are always so excited to hear stories of transformation and growth that can (at least in part) be attributed to BOKS. One such story comes from Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. We sat down with 10-year-old Luke Dalpe, his mother Carolyn, and his two brothers [...] Read More

Partner Spotlight: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Jeff Bellows

04/23/18

Partner Spotlight: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Jeff Bellows

Luckily, in our work here at BOKS, we have the pleasure of meeting individuals whose passion for health and wellness matches our own. Collaboration with these like-minded and driven individuals led to BOKS’ founding and keeps our program thriving today. One of those individuals is Jeff Bellows, Vice President Corporate Citizenship & Public Affairs at [...] Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Conor Murphy, Reebok CrossFit ONE

04/16/18

Volunteer Spotlight: Conor Murphy, Reebok CrossFit ONE

At BOKS, we have the good fortune to work with many passionate individuals who, over the years, have taken our program to the next level. These people have sacrificed time, energy and resources to bring a love of movement and fitness to children across the globe. Conor Murphy is one of our greatest examples of [...] Read More

TRAINER SPOTLIGHT: LORI VINAS AND HER SON TOMMY VINAS

03/30/18

TRAINER SPOTLIGHT: LORI VINAS AND HER SON TOMMY VINAS

For this week’s Trainer Spotlight we are excited to highlight Lori Vinas from Buckeye, Arizona. Lori’s first exposure to BOKS came when she attended the 2017 CrossFit games to support her son, Tommy Vinas, who was competing. Lori saw a BOKS challenge on vendor row, and proceeded to sign up her school Verrado Elementary in [...] Read More

Thank you SHAPE America!

03/30/18

Thank you SHAPE America!

The BOKS team has just returned (and recovered) from another amazing year at SHAPE America. This year's conference which took place in Nashville, TN brought together some of the brightest educators in the country for a few days of professional development, inspiring talks and powerful networking. The BOKS team had the absolute pleasure of taking [...] Read More

Did you see BOKS in the New York Times?

03/16/18

Did you see BOKS in the New York Times?

We have some extremely exciting news here at BOKS: researchers from Mass General Hospital for Children published research showing that the BOKS program not only improves BMI but also impacts children's school engagement, vitality and general happiness. Not only was the study published in the American Journal for Preventative Medicine but widely respected New York Times Journalist Gretchen Reynolds [...] Read More

New Trainer Workshop – March 21, 2018

02/28/18

New Trainer Workshop – March 21, 2018

Come to our FREE interactive training and learn about BOKS and all the resources the program provides. The agenda will help BOKS advocates have a better understanding of the program's goals, a typical class structure, and learn a variety of BOKS games, etc. Agenda items include: Brief overview of the BOKS history Lesson plan Best [...] Read More

School Spotlight: Enfield Public Schools’ Healthy Taste Testings

02/20/18

School Spotlight: Enfield Public Schools’ Healthy Taste Testings

One of the greatest things about the BOKS program is that it can be easily adaptable and customized to a school's needs. One of the benefits of this flexibility is that as schools use BOKS they often come up with additional creative activities and programs outside of the BOKS curriculum. At BOKS, we like to [...] Read More

Are smartphones the new cigarettes?

02/14/18

Are smartphones the new cigarettes?

By Kathleen Tullie, Senior Director of Social Purpose Reebok and founder & executive director, BOKS Those of you that are my age can probably remember a time when buying a pack of cigarettes was the norm – “lighting up” was a welcome break in the day – and no one looked down on you for [...] Read More

Four Questions with Nancy Day, BOKS RI Area Coordinator

02/01/18

Four Questions with Nancy Day, BOKS RI Area Coordinator

For the third installment in our BOKS appreciation series "4 Questions With..." we are excited to highlight a very special team member of ours, Nancy Day. Nancy serves as the BOKS Rhode Island Area Coordinator, and is a crucial member of our team. Her passion and dedication to the mission of BOKS is evident through [...] Read More

Announcement from BOKS Executive Director Kathleen Tullie: INTRODUCING OUR NEW LOOK

01/22/18

Announcement from BOKS Executive Director Kathleen Tullie: INTRODUCING OUR NEW LOOK

Since founding BOKS in 2009, the program has evolved quite a bit. What began as a before-school physical activity program run by three enthusiastic moms, has turned into a movement backed by scientists and adopted by nearly 3,000 communities across the globe. Since that time, our children’s need for daily movement has become increasingly dire. [...] Read More

Four Questions with Ewunike A. Akpan, Associate Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region

12/20/17

Four Questions with Ewunike A. Akpan, Associate Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region

We are so excited to share the second installment in our series highlighting some of the amazing people BOKS is thankful for this season, featuring Ewunike Akpan. If you live in the Washington D.C. area you may have seen Ewunike representing BOKS on a LIVE segment of Good Morning Washington. Ewunike is passionate about BOKS, [...] Read More

Four Questions with Nicole DiBitetto, BOKS Boston Area Coordinator

12/06/17

Four Questions with Nicole DiBitetto, BOKS Boston Area Coordinator

It’s officially December, which means 2017 is coming to a close. As we finish up another successful and exciting year at BOKS we wanted to look back and highlight some of the people that have contributed to that success. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some quick interviews with the people who make [...] Read More

BOKS Trainer Spotlight: Jesse Farren-James

11/20/17

BOKS Trainer Spotlight: Jesse Farren-James

BOKS was founded on the belief that movement has the power to improve a child physically, mentally and socially. It is unclear however, whether or not the three Natick moms that startedthe program had any inclination of the impact BOKS could have on an adult. As the Marketing Manager here at BOKS HQ, it is [...] Read More

Student Spotlight: Paige Meile

10/17/17

Student Spotlight: Paige Meile

One of the best things about working for BOKS HQ is hearing about how the program is improving the lives of students, trainers and communities – and every so often we are contacted by particular individuals whose BOKS stories are so special we feel compelled to share them. Paige Meile is one of those individuals. [...] Read More

Introducing “The History of BOKS”

09/06/17

Introducing “The History of BOKS”

Summer may be over - and while we’ll miss the warm weather, the BOKS team can’t help but be excited as it’s that time of year when our schools get their BOKS programs up and running. Whether you are at a new school starting BOKS for the first time, are just interested in learning more [...] Read More

Introducing: the #unplugandplay Challenge

08/01/17

Introducing: the #unplugandplay Challenge

I recently arrived early to a meeting, so I grabbed a coffee and took a moment to people watch. Almost every person I “watched” was glued to their mobile device – hardly looking up at all. I guess I shouldn’t have been shocked by my observation given that reports have found that the average American [...] Read More

Summer Fun Pack

06/14/17

Summer Fun Pack

Wouldn’t it be fun to keep BOKS going throughout the summer? We have created a “Summer Fun Pack” so that our community can bring a little BOKS to their summers. This packet can be used by families, neighborhood gatherings, or as part of a summer camp. Just because the school year has ended doesn’t mean [...] Read More

Fruits & Veggies Month

06/14/17

Fruits & Veggies Month

Happy National Fresh Fruit & Veggie Month! It’s a great month to enjoy those REAL freshly harvested veggies and fruits which are super sweet and yummy. Don't be fooled though by fruit-flavored snacks, fruit leathers, or juices--REAL fresh fruit is the best choice. Speaking of fruits, remember to choose a variety of colorful ones. You [...] Read More

Mindful Eating

05/09/17

Mindful Eating

Happy May! The 5th of the month is Cinco de Mayo and Mexican food can be delicious & nutritious: protein in beans, veggies in fresh salsa, and healthy fats in guacamole. Technically the tomato in that salsa is a fruit and that’s OK! Speaking of fruits, thank mom this Mother’s day for the many, many [...] Read More

A note from Tara Stiles:  It’s not the yoga that heals you.  It’s you that heals you.

05/09/17

A note from Tara Stiles: It’s not the yoga that heals you. It’s you that heals you.

I was lucky as a kid to grow up with a healthy dose of mindfulness without the side of pretense. My parents led by example that it was important to take care of our bodies by eating close to nature, take care of ourselves and each other by acting with kindness, and take care of [...] Read More

Have the Healthiest April Ever!

04/10/17

Have the Healthiest April Ever!

Happy April! In April (as the saying goes) we get plenty of showers to bring those May flowers. Since you are 2/3 water and constantly losing it, “shower” yourself inside and out by drinking plenty of H2O instead of having those sugary drinks. Earth is 2/3 water too. So for Earth Day 4/22, drink plenty [...] Read More

Run the Marine Corps Marathon for BOKS!

03/30/17

Run the Marine Corps Marathon for BOKS!

Are you ready to “go the distance” (26.2 miles to be exact!) for BOKS Kids?  Register today to be one of 40+ #TeamBOKS charity runners who will be toeing the starting line of the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon on October 22, 2017.  Recognized as the "Best Marathon in the Mid-Atlantic," "Best for Families" and "Best [...] Read More

Happy National Nutrition Month!

03/08/17

Happy National Nutrition Month!

Happy National Nutrition Month! February’s color was red for heart month and Valentine’s. March’s color is GREEN symbolizing energy and growth—two things all kids want more of. Spring arrives 3/20 and brings more sun and warmth to grow super healthy foods like veggies, fruits, and whole grains. So get outdoors to absorb that sun and [...] Read More

Happy Heart Month from BOKS!

02/14/17

Happy Heart Month from BOKS!

Happy Heart Month! February is American Heart Month so be good to your heart and get plenty of physical activity to keep that heart pumping strong! Even more important, eat lots of super healthy foods like veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains and unsweetened dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt). The color red is the focus of [...] Read More

Nutrition Resolution Time!

01/11/17

Nutrition Resolution Time!

Happy New Year! Nutrition resolution time. Not sure where improvements can be made. How about breakfast? If you aren’t eating it, start because it provides energy to focus & perform better in school. If you are eating it, but it’s mostly sugary carbs like sugary cereal without fiber, try something new that will keep energy [...] Read More

Ways to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season!

12/20/16

Ways to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season!

December’s here and in many parts of the country that means chillier weather. If you find yourself craving a warm beverage to combat the colder temps, hot cocoa is often the drink of choice. However, as you’ve learned in BOKS, it can also be high in sugar. So make a DIY version to lower sugar [...] Read More

Fall into October with BOKS

10/12/16

Fall into October with BOKS

October's here and Fall as well. Keep up the healthy eating and physical activity and don't “fall” back into unhealthy habits! Trees are showing fall colors and local foods are too. Get your orange on with sweet potatoes instead of white ones for extra flavor and vitamins. Speaking of vitamins, Columbus Day is the 10th [...] Read More

Back to School Nutrition Tips

09/13/16

Back to School Nutrition Tips

September's here and school’s back in session! Remember to start your day with a protein-packed breakfast like scrambled eggs with low-fat cheese and veggies such as spinach, mushrooms or red peppers. Or maybe some plain Greek yogurt sweetened with your favorite fruit. If feeling a little rushed in the morning, don’t skip it—grab-and-go instead. A [...] Read More

Staying Healthy This August!

08/11/16

Staying Healthy This August!

Happy August! It’s sizzling outside so be sure to stay hydrated. What to drink? Everyone knows H2O’s the way to go. Sugary beverages are often marketed to kids by athletes. Sports stars may be active enough to need them, but most kids don’t. bottle of a sports drink has as much sugar as 35 jelly [...] Read More

Get Super with BOKS

07/29/16

Get Super with BOKS

We are all powerful, we are all super, we all extraordinary; this is something that we can all agree on. Everyday kids are finding their superpowers, finding super hero strength on monkey bars, finding that they can move as fast as a cheetah in gym class, flying as high as superman on the swings. Physical [...] Read More

July is National Blueberry Month!

07/08/16

July is National Blueberry Month!

Happy National Blueberry Month! It’s a great month to enjoy those cute, sweet, little fruits. Add them to cereal at breakfast, mix with strawberries & bananas for a fruit salad at lunch, or how about making a “blueberry fool” for dessert? No fooling here, it’s an actual dessert! The regular one calls for lots of [...] Read More

Superintendent of Plymouth Schools Gary Maestas is Living the Dream- Dreamride2 That Is!

06/03/16

Superintendent of Plymouth Schools Gary Maestas is Living the Dream- Dreamride2 That Is!

Gary Maestas is the Superintendent of Plymouth Schools, a BOKS enthusiast, and is a huge change maker in the fight against physical inactivity. For the second year in a row Maestas is lacing up his cycling shoes and participating in a 600 mile ride from Plymouth, Massachusetts to Washington D.C. Along the way he will [...] Read More

Special Trainer Spotlight!

05/13/16

Special Trainer Spotlight!

We are celebrating Mary Ann Anderson from Federal Heights Elementary School in Denver, Colorado for her amazing dedication to BOKS! Mary Ann is an incredible physical education instructor and BOKS trainer! Her passion to get kids active has been a paramount part of her life for over a decade, and she has been a devoted [...] Read More

5 Tips to Make your May Marvelous

05/11/16

5 Tips to Make your May Marvelous

Make Cinco De Mayo Mindful Happy May! The 5th of the month is Cinco de Mayo and Mexican food can be delicious & nutritious: protein in beans, veggies in fresh salsa, and healthy fats in guacamole. Technically the tomato in that salsa is a fruit and that’s OK!  Listen Your Mother’s Advice Thank mom this [...] Read More

3 Ways to Stop Sneaky Sugar from Popping Up on Your Dinner Plate!

04/27/16

3 Ways to Stop Sneaky Sugar from Popping Up on Your Dinner Plate!

Make the most out of the last few days of April! Though the first day of the month is for fooling around (April Fools’ Day), don’t you be fooled by food marketing. 1) Be a super sleuth and read nutrition labels to get the real story, not the fake one. Focus on sugar (< 25 [...] Read More

Colorful Spring Kale Salad

04/27/16

Colorful Spring Kale Salad

Munch your way into springtime with this delicious salad! Ingredients: 3 cups of ripped kale 2 cups of butternut squash 1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and dried 1/2 cup salted pepitas 1 tbsp. olive oil 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp. lemon juice 2 tsp. maple syrup [...] Read More

Yummy Bunny Carrots

03/29/16

Yummy Bunny Carrots

Munch your way into springtime with these delicious carrots! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of butter 1 bag baby of carrots 2 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons fresh dill 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves Instructions: First, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Next, add carrots, honey, dill, and thyme and gently toss to combine. [...] Read More

Supermom Elizabeth Weil Talks About Running the Boston Marathon with BOKS!

03/15/16

Supermom Elizabeth Weil Talks About Running the Boston Marathon with BOKS!

Elizabeth Weil is one of the coolest moms on the West Coast and she’s running the Boston Marathon in support of BOKS! This awesome momma is a habitual marathon runner with a passion for physical activity, entrepreneurship, and living her best life possible. BOKS sat down with Elizabeth to talk about physical activity, motherhood, and [...] Read More

Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts

01/19/16

Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts

Stay warm with these yummy veggies! Ingredients: 1 lb. baby brussels sprouts 2 tbsp. melted ghee 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp. maple syrup 1 - 2 tsp. sriracha 1/2 tsp. salt Instructions: Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and wash and trim the brussels sprouts. If you are using full sized sprouts, cut them [...] Read More

Staying Healthy This Holiday!

12/23/15

Staying Healthy This Holiday!

December's here and in many parts of the country that means chilly weather. If you find yourself craving a warm beverage to combat the colder temps, hot cocoa is often the drink of choice. However, as you've learned in BOKS, it can also be high in sugar. So make a DIY version to lower sugar [...] Read More

Roasted Sweet Potato, Parsnip, and Carrot Soup

12/23/15

Roasted Sweet Potato, Parsnip, and Carrot Soup

Stay warm this holiday season with this yummy soup! Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes 5 large carrots 5 large parsnips 1/4 cup garlic infused olive oil 2 cups full fat coconut milk 6 cups vegetable broth 2 tsp. sea salt 2 tsp. black pepper 1 tbsp. minced ginger 1 tsp. curry powder 1/4 tsp. cayenne [...] Read More

NIOST New Results!

12/17/15

NIOST New Results!

NIOST (National Institute on Out-of-School Time) concluded a longitudinal evaluation of BOKS and the results are mind blowing! NIOST conducted a study in five elementary schools in Natick, MA with a focus on BOKS with over 400 grade K-2 participants. The study examined and document child-level learning related, social, nutrition knowledge, and physical activity outcomes [...] Read More

#BOKSBOOGIE

12/08/15

#BOKSBOOGIE

Hey BOKStars! We want to see YOU and your kids moving and grooving in the best BOKS way you can! Submit a short #BOKSBoogie video showing us your favorite moves for a chance to win TWO tickets to the NHL Winter Classic on January 1st at Gillette Stadium! Get super creative with the whole family [...] Read More

Crowd Pleasing Caprese Skewers

11/20/15

Crowd Pleasing Caprese Skewers

Impress your Thanksgiving guests with this tasty and nutritious take on Caprese Salad Ingredients: 40 grape sized tomatoes 40 bite sized mozzarella balls 40 small basil leaves 1/8 cup olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tsp black pepper Instructions: To make the dressing, in a small bowl combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. [...] Read More

Don’t Let Sugar Sap Your Energy!

11/20/15

Don’t Let Sugar Sap Your Energy!

The trees are almost bare now (at least on the east coast), but they are still strong and stand up to November's chilly, gusty winds. You can be strong too by having super snacks with protein, healthy fat and carbs like fruit, nuts, veggies and cheese, or a turkey sandwich instead of chips, cookies, or [...] Read More

Warm Quinoa, Kale, and Chickpea Salad

10/22/15

Warm Quinoa, Kale, and Chickpea Salad

Stay warm and toasty with this delicious, nutritious, and filling meal perfect for those crisp autumn nights.   Ingredients: 3 cups of kale chopped 3 cups of quinoa, cooked 1 15 oz. can of chick peas 1 15 oz. canof diced tomatoes 3 tbsp. lemon juice 2 tbsp. garlic infused olive oil 2 tbsp. pomegranate molasses [...] Read More

Over-Medicating, An Issue

10/20/15

Over-Medicating, An Issue

So much has been written about the epidemic of stimulant drug use as more and more of our kids are being diagnosed with ADHD and the numbers continue to rise at a steady pace. The misuse and over prescribing of these drugs have short and long term effects on our children. Sometimes, there are healthier [...] Read More

Good Digital Habits for a New School Year

09/24/15

Good Digital Habits for a New School Year

With fall upon us and school back in session, it’s a great time to start teaching and enforcing good habits to help kids have a successful year ahead.  We are in the midst of settling into many routines: setting up regular waking times, enforcing good homework habits, planning and packing healthy lunches, and balancing after-school [...] Read More

What if you could help get even MORE kids active?!

07/31/15

What if you could help get even MORE kids active?!

The physical inactivity epidemic in this country is staggering -- especially with children. Help us reverse the trend by giving kids like Isaiah, Destiny, Solomon and Asal an opportunity to engage in fun, active play early in life. And help them create healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Click HERE to listen to their [...] Read More

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (12th Edition)

07/14/15

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (12th Edition)

Hey BOKStars! Welcome to the 12th edition of "BOKS Team Tuesday." We are always here to help in every way possible to make your experience a great one and #TeamTuesday will allow you to put a face to the name, as well as learn a bit more about who we are! Meet Simone Berry!  Position [...] Read More

Prove it! BOKS Rocks and Gets Kids Fit!

07/02/15

Prove it! BOKS Rocks and Gets Kids Fit!

In a recent study published in the Journal of Exercise, Sports, and Orthopedics, Dr. Wayne Westcott has proven what BOKS trainers and volunteers know and experience every day: BOKS gets kids fitter and healthier. Dr. Westcott, a prolific researcher, author, and educator in the field of fitness, studied the physiological impact of a nine-week BOKS [...] Read More

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (11th Edition)

06/23/15

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (11th Edition)

Hey BOKStars! Welcome to the 11th edition of "BOKS Team Tuesday." We are always here to help in every way possible to make your experience a great one and #TeamTuesday will allow you to put a face to the name, as well as learn a bit more about who we are! Meet Emma van Emmerik! [...] Read More

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (10th Edition)

06/16/15

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (10th Edition)

Hey BOKStars! Welcome to the 10th edition of "BOKS Team Tuesday." We are always here to help in every way possible to make your experience a great one and #TeamTuesday will allow you to put a face to the name, as well as learn a bit more about who we are! Meet Heidi McGrath! Position [...] Read More

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (9th Edition)

06/09/15

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (9th Edition)

Hey BOKStars! Welcome to the 9th edition of "BOKS Team Tuesday." We are always here to help in every way possible to make your experience a great one and #TeamTuesday will allow you to put a face to the name, as well as learn a bit more about who we are! Meet Heather Chase! Position [...] Read More

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (8th Edition)

05/12/15

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (8th Edition)

Hey BOKStars! Welcome to the 8th edition of "BOKS Team Tuesday". We are always here to help in every way possible to make your experience a great one and #TeamTuesday will allow you to put a face to the name, and learn a bit more about who we are! Meet Cheri Levitz! Position Title: Co-Founder [...] Read More

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (7th Edition)

04/14/15

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (7th Edition)

Hey BOKStars! Welcome to the seventh edition of "BOKS Team Tuesday". We are always here to help in every way possible to make your experience a great one and #TeamTuesday will allow you to put a face to the name, and learn a bit more about who we are! Meet Caeli Sullivan! Position Title: Social [...] Read More

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (6th Edition)

03/31/15

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (6th Edition)

Hey BOKStars! Welcome to the sixth edition of "BOKS Team Tuesday". We are always here to help in every way possible to make your experience a great one and #TeamTuesday will allow you to put a face to the name, and learn a bit more about who we are! Meet Laura Burati! Position Title: Program [...] Read More

A Hug A Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

03/20/15

A Hug A Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Five Years ago we began our mission to promote the profound impact of physical activity on a child's mind, body, and community. Not only has BOKS grown into over 1,240+ schools across the globe, but BOKS has been continuously learning about other interesting ways that improve individuals lives as well. Recent Research in a study [...] Read More

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (5th Edition)

03/09/15

Get To Know Your Boks Team Tuesday! (5th Edition)

Hey BOKStars! Welcome to the fifth edition of "BOKS Team Tuesday." We are always here to help in every way possible to make your experience a great one and #TeamTuesday will allow you to put a face to the name, and learn a bit more about who we are! Meet Ally Dorsey! Position Title: BOKS [...] Read More

Heart Healthy Tips

02/04/15

Heart Healthy Tips

Happy Heart Month BOKStars! February is American Heart Month so be good to your heart and get plenty of physical activity to keep that heart pumping strong! Along with physical activity it is also very important to eat lots of super healthy foods. Some of our favorite healthy foods include veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains [...] Read More

Get To Know Your BOKS Team Tuesday! (3rd Edition)

01/26/15

Get To Know Your BOKS Team Tuesday! (3rd Edition)

Hey BOKStars! Welcome to the third edition of "BOKS Team Tuesday." As we continue to grow to schools around the world, we may not get the chance to meet or see all of you. So, we thought it would be a great idea to highlight each of us at Headquarters in our blog. We are [...] Read More

Get To Know Your BOKS Team Tuesday! (2nd Edition)

01/13/15

Get To Know Your BOKS Team Tuesday! (2nd Edition)

Hey BOKStars! Welcome to the second edition of "BOKS Team Tuesday." As we continue to grow to schools around the world, we may not get the chance to meet or see all of you. So, we thought it would be a great idea to highlight each of us at Headquarters in our blog. We are [...] Read More

Get To Know Your BOKS Team Tuesday!

12/22/14

Get To Know Your BOKS Team Tuesday!

Hey BOKStars! Welcome to the first edition of “BOKS Team Tuesday.”  As BOKS continues to grow around the globe we won’t always have a chance to meet all of you personally, so we thought it would be a great idea to highlight each of us at Headquarters in our blog. We are always here to [...] Read More

Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience Brought to you by BOKS & Omaze

12/09/14

Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience Brought to you by BOKS & Omaze

YOU AND A FRIEND COULD: Meet Karl Alzner of the Washington Capitals® and Andrew Shaw and Jeremy Morin of the Chicago Blackhawks® at the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® practice on December 31, 2015. Watch the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® from two premium seats. Attend the private post-game media conference and as always: fly [...] Read More

BOKS is at the Grey Cup!!

11/25/14

BOKS is at the Grey Cup!!

As many of you know we recently launched in Canada and couldn't be more excited! The news has been widespread and we're even going to be partaking in the Grey Cup this weekend!! Not sure how many of you live in and/or have roots in Canada but the Grey Cup is the championship game of [...] Read More

Top 10 Tips From Dr. John Ratey (#3 Of 3 Part Series)

11/20/14

Top 10 Tips From Dr. John Ratey (#3 Of 3 Part Series)

It's the last and final post in our three part series from Dr. Ratey. He'll be joining us again soon, but for now we'd like to leave you with the last four tips to keep kids moving! This week Dr. Ratey provides tips surrounding kids as they start to get a little older and determine [...] Read More

Top 10 Tips From Dr. John Ratey (post #2 Of A 3 Part Series)

11/12/14

Top 10 Tips From Dr. John Ratey (post #2 Of A 3 Part Series)

Back with more from Dr. John Ratey, one of our expert bloggers, who is here to give you an additional three tips to keep kids moving!  This week Dr. Ratey provides us with tips about the general activities of pre-school aged children as well as kindergarteners. 4. At 2-3 years of age kids should be [...] Read More

Did you know BOKS children average 17 more mins per day of MVPA than non-BOKS kids?!

11/10/14

Did you know BOKS children average 17 more mins per day of MVPA than non-BOKS kids?!

This is just one of the many great results we've found in our research with the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST). We've also found that children engaged in before-school physical activity were more physically active, including on non-program days. AND kids in the before-school physical activity program got 12-15% of their daily recommended steps. BOKS [...] Read More

Top 10 Tips from Dr. John Ratey (Post #1 of a 3 Part Series)

11/05/14

Top 10 Tips from Dr. John Ratey (Post #1 of a 3 Part Series)

Are you looking for tips to help your children prosper using physical activity and exercise? Well, look no further. Dr. John Ratey, one of our expert bloggers, is here to give you a few more reasons to get kids moving! Exercise for kids is first and foremost all about playing and having fun. It helps [...] Read More

The Message is Clear…

11/04/14

The Message is Clear…

...and the proof is out there. Numerous studies, as you've seen on our social channels and elsewhere, are telling us that physical activity is good for the brain. Check out this great CLIP from Good Morning America. Just the simple act of moving: Increases blood flow to the brain Combats depression Makes brain signals more efficient Helps prevent cell [...] Read More

We Should Treat Young Athletes Like Pro Athletes

10/23/14

We Should Treat Young Athletes Like Pro Athletes

One of the major difficulties my elite athletic patients are facing these days is repetitive stress injuries.  I don't think of myself as an old guy, but “back-in-the-day” sports were seasonal.  Soccer was in the fall, hockey in the winter and baseball in the spring.  Summer was free to spend time on the beach swimming, [...] Read More

BOKS Welcomes Fall

10/06/14

BOKS Welcomes Fall

October’s here and fall as well.  Keep up the healthy eating and physical activity and don’t “fall” back into unhealthy habits! Trees are showing their fall colors and food is too. Get your orange on with sweet potatoes instead of white ones for extra flavor and vitamins. Speaking of vitamins, Columbus Day is the 13th [...] Read More

BOKS Grant Extension!

10/01/14

BOKS Grant Extension!

Haven't had a chance to share the news about the BOKS Activation Grant with your friends and family?! Not a problem, because the time period to apply has been extended!! The BOKS Team is happy to announce you can apply for the grant now through October 15th, 2014!! So don't delay! Share this news with [...] Read More

BOKS Launches in Canada!

09/24/14

BOKS Launches in Canada!

Today, alongside Reebok Canada, we are proud to announce a partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Football League (CFL) to expand and enhance physical activity in Canadian elementary schools through BOKS. With a goal to enlist more than 450 schools in the next five years, BOKS, couldn't be more excited [...] Read More

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

09/18/14

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

We all know getting back into the swing of things with the school year can be difficult. It’s always a breath of fresh air as things come together, but getting to that point can sometimes be hard. Walking the dog, making breakfast, getting the kids to BOKS and school on time, driving to work in [...] Read More

RECENT NEWS: “Exercise Helps Children With ADHD in Study”

09/08/14

RECENT NEWS: “Exercise Helps Children With ADHD in Study”

Check out this amazing ARTICLE proving to us even more why BOKS is important to our kids. "A recent study found regular, half-hour sessions of aerobic activity before school helped young children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder become more attentive and less moody. Other research found a single bout of exercise improved students' [...] Read More

Back to School and BOKS Trainings

09/05/14

Back to School and BOKS Trainings

It's the start of a new school year and with that comes the start of the fall session of BOKS!! The summer was busy but even during that time we had about 100 new BOKS trainers come out to our August trainings. It was amazing to see! And while most were from the New England [...] Read More

September is HERE!

09/05/14

September is HERE!

And with it comes changes to everyone’s schedule and a few fun holidays. School is back in session!! Remember to make sure to have healthy snacks like fruit, veggies, cheese, yogurt, nuts and whole grain crackers throughout the day. Proper nutrition is always important! In honor of Grandparents Day this past weekend (Sunday, 9/7) try and [...] Read More

Labor Day Dinner

09/01/14

Labor Day Dinner

Try this great recipe with your family and friends this Labor Day! A grass-fed hamburger with turkey bacon, roasted red peppers, goat cheese and sautéed onions. Served on romaine lettuce bun with homegrown tomatoes and a dill pickle!! Mmmmmm!! From Jen Lawrence's awesome website: http://contemporarycavegirl.wordpress.com/home/ Read More

Back To School!!

08/27/14

Back To School!!

It’s the first day of school in Natick, MA where BOKS began and my kids couldn’t be more excited to get back! I dropped them off this morning with smiles, their backpacks and new Reebok shoes. It’s crazy how busy the summer has been and now we get to get back into our regular routine [...] Read More

BOKS Teams Up with American Council on Exercise (ACE)

08/21/14

BOKS Teams Up with American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Working hard to get kids active with BOKS?! We couldn't be prouder! Thanks for all your effort to do so! Have you ever wanted to be nationally recognized for the work you do?! Well we have the answer! BOKS recently teamed up with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to bring you the 1st ever [...] Read More

Bring BOKS to your school with the BOKS Activation Grant!!

07/30/14

Bring BOKS to your school with the BOKS Activation Grant!!

BOKS is excited to announce that Reebok and The Reebok Foundation are awarding $1,000 to up to 300 schools for the 2014/2015 school year! These Activation Grants are intended to help get kids moving in a fun way to wake up their bodies for a day of learning with BOKS. Watch this fun VIDEO to learn [...] Read More

Active Kids Day

06/09/14

Active Kids Day

Hey BOKStars! Check out our favorite event of the year – Active Kids Day! Active Kids Day is our annual event that celebrates the importance of physical activity in a fun and family-friendly way. It’s going to be an incredible day – we have so much fun stuff planned! From awesome performers, to food trucks, [...] Read More

Kathleen’s Story

03/31/14

Kathleen’s Story

Hi BOKStars! This is Kathleen, the Executive Director and one of the founders of BOKS. In our inaugural blog post, I thought it would be nice to share a little bit about me and what types of physical activity I enjoy. Physical activity is a big part of my home life. We have a white [...] Read More