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Clothes Pin Tag

04/25/18

Clothes Pin Tag

Set Up: Give each kid 5 clothes pins to stick on the back of their shirts Materials: 6 plastic grocery bags, 4 cones Object: Try to capture the clothes pins from someone else’s back without losing yours Details: Every person runs around the set play space with 5 clothes pins on their back. Kids try [...]Read More

Squats

04/24/18

Squats

Lead trainer will cue kids to rest and resume. Cue kids to assume position and countdown to start movement. Do as many sit-ups in 20 seconds as possible, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat for a total between 4 and 8 times.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

Drills

04/23/18

Drills

  Complete each activity for 30 seconds: Jog Butt Kickers High Knees Solider Walks Ladder RepeatRead More

Break the Snake

04/20/18

Break the Snake

Format: Two or three snakes inside gym Set Up: Use boundaries to create an appropriate size play area as needed. Details: Put the kids in groups of 7-8 with a trainer in each group. Have the kids all connect hands and stand side-by-side. The line leader will start moving and the others try to follow, [...]Read More

Wall Sits

04/19/18

Wall Sits

Do two rounds of the following: Have everyone stand with their backs flat against a wall and slide into a seated position so their knees are at a 90 degree angle. Have palms face up resting on their knees. Have everyone hold this for 1 minute, challenge kids with math facts or spelling for extra [...]Read More

Castle Ball

04/18/18

Castle Ball

Format: Running and rolling balls Materials: Hula Hoops or cones and balls Set up: Put the kids in teams of 6 - 8 and give each team 3 hula hoops and/or 3 cones, cups etc. Object: Protect your castle and knock down others Details: Each team uses 3 hula hoops and/or 3 cones to make [...]Read More

Tabata Tuesday: Sit-ups/Push-ups

04/17/18

Tabata Tuesday: Sit-ups/Push-ups

*Spread out on tumbling mats, if available along sides of gym or outside Lead trainer will cue kids to rest and change positions. Cue kids to assume their position and countdown to start movement. Do as many sit-ups in 20 seconds as possible, then rest for 10 seconds. Do as many push-ups in 20 seconds [...]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

Warm Up Monday: Sports Galore

04/16/18

Warm Up Monday: Sports Galore

Call out the following sports skills for kids to mimic for at least 10- 15 seconds each: Shooting a basketball Running through tires Swimming underwater Shooting a hockey puck Throwing a football Serving a tennis ball Batting a baseball Downhill skiing Shooting an arrow Dribbling a soccer ball Spiking a volleyball Swinging a golf club [...]Read More

Fun Friday: Welcome Hands

04/13/18

Fun Friday: Welcome Hands

Format: Running Materials: If a small group, have each kid get inside one hula hoop that is lying on the ground - If a bigger group just mark off the area with marker or piece of tape on ground Set Up: Open space marked off by cones Object: Getting to know the other BOKS kids. [...]Read More

Burst Thursday: Plank, Crunch

04/12/18

Burst Thursday: 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 5xRead More

Wacky Wednesday: Capture the Flag

04/11/18

Wacky Wednesday: Capture the Flag

Set up: Set up a jail zones on each side of the play area. Create the center boundary line that divides the two teams/sides. Put equal amount of bean bags (“flags”) on the far end of each team’s space. Put one team in pinnies. Object: To be the first team to capture the “flags” and get [...]Read More

Tabata Tuesday: Sit-ups

04/10/18

Tabata Tuesday: Sit-ups

*Kids to spread out on tumbling mats, if available Lead trainer will cue kids to rest and resume. Cue kids to assume position and countdown to start movement. Do as many sit-ups in 20 seconds as possible, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat for a total between 4 and 8 times.Read More

Warm Up Monday: Bunny, Frog, Duck, Horse

04/09/18

Warm Up Monday: Bunny, Frog, Duck, Horse

Have the kids spread out across the floor. The trainer will start by saying 1 of the 4 animals above. The kids must move like the animal does (i.e., Bunny – hop, Frog – squat jump, Duck – duck walk, Horse– gallop). You don’t stop the command until another is requested. The leader keeps changing [...]Read More

Fun Friday: BOKS Body Hop

04/06/18

Fun Friday: BOKS Body Hop

Format: Partner activity, have each kid pick their own Set up: Partner A sits on the ground with arms out to the side and legs stretched on the ground out straight in front of them. Partner B is standing up. Object: To jump over your partner’s arms and legs 3 times and then switch places. [...]Read More

Burst Thursday: Fast & Low

04/05/18

Burst Thursday: Fast & Low

Complete the following: 30 count jumping jacks 30 count plank hold 30 count fast jump rope 30 count low squat 30 count fast running with high knees 30 count plank hold 30 count wide fast feet (like you are running through tires) 30 count low squat Rest for 60 seconds Repeat 2-3xRead More

Tabata Tuesday: Running

04/03/18

Tabata Tuesday: Running

Lead trainer will cue kids to rest and resume. Cue kids to assume their position and countdown to start movement. Kids will run as fast as possible in 20 seconds, and then rest for 10 seconds Repeat for a total between 4 and 8 times.Read More

Wacky Wednesday: BOKS Circle Relay

04/03/18

Wacky Wednesday: BOKS Circle Relay

Format: Running Relay Materials: 2-4 play yard balls Set Up: Divide the class into groups of 10-15 Object: Work as a team and get the ball around the circle before the other team. Details: Have each group of 10-15 form a big circle Pick a kid in each circle to be the starter and hand [...]Read More

Warm Up Monday: Shadow

04/02/18

Warm Up Monday: Shadow

Have each kid pick a partner: First partner can start doing one of the following movements, while second partner shadows (follows behind) doing the same movement: Skipping Jumping Side shuffle Butt kickers  First partner can change movements at any time The partners alternate positions when they bump into each other. Trainer can also yell out [...]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

Fun Friday: BOKS Corners

03/30/18

Fun Friday: BOKS Corners

Format: One large game inside the gym or on field Materials: Music Set Up: Use boundaries to create an appropriate size play area as needed Objective: Get moving! Details: Divide the class into 4 equal teams and allocate a corner of the play area to each. Have each team start in their corner. When the [...]Read More

Burst Thursday: Deck of Cards

03/29/18

Burst Thursday: Deck of Cards

Materials: deck of cards, face cards removed (No deck of cards? Use papers with numbers 1-10 written on them!) Assign a movement to each of the 4 suits, such as: Jumping jacks (Diamonds) Squats (Hearts) Lunges (Clubs) Butt kickers (Spades) Pick a card from the deck and then have the kids perform the number and [...]Read More

Wacky Wednesday: BOKS Ball Catch

03/28/18

Wacky Wednesday: BOKS Ball Catch

Format: Divide kids by color groups Materials: 2 cones per team, balls Set Up: Place cones at starting line and the end of the gym. Objective: Race to finish! Details: Kids form a straight line, a foot or two apart from each other. First kid in line throws ball to next kid in line. After [...]Read More

Tabata Tuesday:

03/27/18

Tabata Tuesday:

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 for a total between 4 and 8 times. If a kid says it is too easy, he/she can lift one leg during the plank.Read More

Warm Up Monday: BOKS Says

03/26/18

Warm Up Monday: BOKS Says

Lead Trainer is “BOKS” He/She calls out exercise movements, quickly to keep kids moving. If he/she does not say “BOKS says” before the movement, kids should not move. This game can be used to fill up some down time too.  Read More

Fun Friday: BOKS Leg Challenge

03/23/18

Fun Friday: BOKS Leg Challenge

Format: Group warm up Materials: Music if available Set Up: Have the kids spread out around your play space indoors or outdoors. Object: Warm up your lower body Details: Have the trainer stand on something so all of the kids can see what he or she is doing in the front of the room. Instruct kids [...]Read More

Burst Thursday: Give Me 10!

03/22/18

Burst Thursday: Give Me 10!

Do each activity 10x 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 (5X each side) Star Jacks (squat, jump up high and spread arms and legs [...]Read More

Wacky Wednesday: BOKS Bridge

03/21/18

Wacky Wednesday: BOKS Bridge

Format: Partner activity, have each kid pick their own Set up: Partner A gets into a plank position. Partner B is standing up. Object: To jump and crawl. Practice different levels of movement. Details: Partner A gets into a little ball on the ground and Partner B is standing up. Partner B hops over Partner [...]Read More

Tabata Tuesday: Jump Rope Tabata

03/20/18

Tabata Tuesday: Jump Rope Tabata

Lead trainer will cue kids to rest and resume. Cue kids to assume position and countdown to start movement. Do as many jumps in 20 seconds as possible, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat for a total between 4 and 8 times.Read More

Warm Up Monday: Traffic

03/19/18

Warm Up Monday: Traffic

Kids follow cues to change movements Red Light = stop moving Green Light = run Yellow Light =side shuffle Speed Bump = bunny hops Carpool = get a partner and run together holding hands Deer Crossing = gallop  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

Fun Friday: BOKS Discovery

03/16/18

Fun Friday: BOKS Discovery

Format: Running Materials: 15-20 bean bags or other small items, 15+ cones Set Up: Indoor or outdoor space is ok. Spread Cones out around play space and hide bean bags or other small objects under cones. Object: Get Moving! Details: Create teams of 5-7 kids. Put the teams around the room and give them a [...]Read More

Burst Thursday: Chair Aerobics

03/15/18

Burst Thursday: Chair Aerobics

In their chairs have the kids march their feet for 20 steps. Have the kids put each foot out to the side one at a time for 20 times. Have the kids sit holding onto the seat of the chair and pull their knees towards their chest. Hold at the top for 5 seconds, and [...]Read More

Wacky Wednesday: BOKS Body Hop

03/14/18

Wacky Wednesday: BOKS Body Hop

BOKS Body Hop Format: Partner activity, have each kid pick their own Set up: Partner A sits on the ground with arms out to the side and legs stretched on the ground out straight in front of them. Partner B is standing up. Object: To jump over your partner’s arms and legs 3 times and [...]Read More

Tabata Tuesday: Burpee Tabata

03/13/18

Tabata Tuesday: Burpee Tabata

Lead trainer will cue kids to rest and resume. Cue kids to assume their position and countdown to start movement. Do as many burpees in 20 seconds as possible, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat for a total between 4 and 8 times.Read More

Warm Up Monday: Fruit Basket

03/12/18

Warm Up Monday: Fruit Basket

Call out 2 fruits and the team will run to switch places in the gym or the field. Continue this for a few rounds. Continue calling fruits, but now instead of running kids need to skip or hop or gallop or walk on tip toes etc. Finish the game by calling fruit salad - all [...]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

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 James-Farren

11/20/17

BOKS Trainer Spotlight: Jesse James-Farren

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