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Chin-Ups for Children

August 26, 2014

Chin-Ups for Children

Physical Education at Zionsville Elementary Schools needs HELP!  The current school funding situation has left this essential part of our children’s education with ZERO funding!  Body Outfitters is putting our passion for fitness into action to help fill this gap.

On September 6 our Fall Festival Parade float will roll onto Mulberry Street, and we will begin performing chin-ups on a 6’ x 4’ chin-up rack attached to our float.  Our team will do chin-ups throughout the entire parade, then move the rack down to the park where people from the community, maybe YOU, will continue the effort and keep the chin-ups going.

Our goal is to perform a total of 2000 chin-ups as a community.  Body Outfitters will donate $1.00 for each chin-up to ZCS PE and put $2000 towards our total event goal of raising $10,000 to jump-start the PE for Life Fund

Here’s how YOU can help!

  • Donate!   You can…
    • Make a set contribution of $10, $20, $50, or other amount towards the effort.
    • Support your Trainer by pledging a set amount for each chin-up they perform through the weekend.  Ask your Trainer their goal and get involved!
  • Participate!  Stop by our booth during the Fall Festival and do some chin-ups to help us reach our goal.  You can even ask others to pledge your efforts.  Instruction, spotting, and assistance bands will be provided to help you be awesome!
  • Communicate!  We need as many people as possible to know about this!  Be vocal!  Start conversations in your work places and schools.  “Like” Body Outfitters Facebook page and Follow us on Twitter so that you can easily re-post items related to this event.

I’m ready to donate! Click HERE!

For more info on the PE for Life Fund click HERE.


It’s time for the kiddos to go back to school, and you’re committed to packing their lunches this year.  For those who haven’t packed lunches before or are getting tired of the same old stuff, it may seem a bit daunting to think about planning yet another meal each day.  I’d love to help, but since my wife packs even my lunches (yes, spoiled and blessed) I’m going to just pass this off to her expert skills, and let her share some lunch packing tips that are simple, healthy, and kid-friendly.

To get started, packing lunches is much easier when you have the right tools.  Having a variety of containers makes it easy to always have the right thing for what you are serving (yogurt in a non-sealing bowl just doesn’t work.)  We like the following for function and all are BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free:

  • Sistema Klip-It containers -lots of configurations available
  • Cool Gear Bento Boxes
  • Rubbermaid Lunch Blox – a little trickier for smaller fingers
  • Reusable silicone cupcake liners, Norpro or Kinderville silicone smoothie pop molds, reusable ice packs.
  • Thermos food jars – nice for packing warm lunches.

Now you’ve got some cool tools, and it’s time to fill them up.  When you’re prepping 5 boxes each day you find ways to save time, save money, and have a little fun.  Try this:

Prep in bulk.  Homemade muffins, breads and bars, healthier cookies, and turkey meatballs all freeze beautifully.  Make huge batches and freeze them up.

Think outside the box.  Move over sandwich, soup or salad…some of my kids’ favorite lunches are a mish-mash of random things.  (We call them pick-pick lunches, because mommy just keeps picking things out of the freezer.) As long as they have a protein, some produce, and one or two things to round it out, they’re good.

Presentation.  Food appeal can make a big difference in getting kids to eat something.  Cutting veggies or cheese with little cookie cutters is effective, albeit time consuming.  If all else fails, the old saying is true…people love food on a stick.  Recognize that sometimes you are going to pack something and they aren’t going to like it.  It’s ok.  They won’t starve.

Now let’s fill those boxes with good stuff!  Here are some of our family faves.

Whole grain muffin or granola
Fruit and cheese skewers
Yogurt and fruit smoothie (sneak in spinach!) or frozen smoothie pop
Healthy crackers with a variety of toppings
Veggie sticks with yogurt dip or hummus
Apple disk and nut butter sandwiches
Quesadillas or pizzadillas
Turkey meatballs with marinara or barbecue sauce
Yogurt parfaits
Hard boiled eggs
Leftover grilled chicken breasts cut into sticks or nuggets with a favorite dip
Tortilla rollups (slice them into pinwheels for fun)
Chicken, Egg, Tuna or Salmon salad in pitas

Packing lunches doesn’t need to be complicated.  If you need more inspiration, our old friend Google is always full of ideas.  “Momables”, 100 Days of Real Food, and Against All Grain are also great resources for offering your child excellent fuel to excel in school.  Now get packing and have a great start to the school year.