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
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
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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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”
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
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
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?!
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)
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!
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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!
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)
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
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)
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)
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!
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
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)
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
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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”
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
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!
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
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)
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!!
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
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