Not once in all of the years that JumpBunch has been offering sports and fitness classes for kids has there ever been a case where a child didn't want to play. They might have been shy at first or otherwise reluctant to "jump" right in, but the desire to do so was certainly there. Right now, I am thankful that we can look through the eyes of a child and be reminded as adults that play is a natural part of us all, and it is only with age that we start to choose not to make it part of our lives.
For any active person, eating the right things and avoiding too much of other things is important to have enough energy and to be healthy. With kids, it is just as critical for them to learn this early as it is for them to learn that being active is important...and of course fun!
Taking a second to look up the formal definition of words is a practice that can add a lot of clarity and focus to things. In our classes, we call our instructors "coach". Below are the various ways the dictionary defines that word.
Our curriculum director recently created a new tagline quote for her email signature, and it immediately caught my eye. It simply said, "Adults call it working out. Kids call it playing. We call it JumpBunch!" Now she decorated her JumpBunch with all the various colors from our logo, so it looked way better than my plain old text, but you get the idea. Those three short statements sum it up perfectly.
A study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that American kids lag in worldwide fitness tests. More specifically, when compared to the fitness levels of kids in other countries, U.S. kids ranked 47 out of 50 participating countries. The study measured aerobic fitness levels using what is referred to as a "beep" test. Kids ran back and forth between two points until a beep occurs.
JumpBunch franchisees across the country are preparing for a "golden" opportunity with this year's Summer Olympics. For a program like ours that showcases a new sport every week, an event like the Olympics where so many varied sports are on display is perfectly aligned with our message. In all Jumpbunch towns there will be Olympic themed classes, camps, and birthday parties all aimed at embracing the vast options our kids have to simply get active with sports and activities that are super fun!
March is National Nutrition Month. Although the JumpBunch program focuses on introducing sports and fitness to kids, you can't really be fit and active without good nutrition habits! So National Nutrition Month gives us an opportunity to highlight a new option that has recently been added to our curriculum.