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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

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

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

$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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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