Topic: Youth

Everyone Wins When Kids are in the Kitchen

One the best parts of my childhood on and near the Kansas farm country was the incredible education I got when visiting relatives who grew and harvested so many good foods. We would all gather when it was time to put these foods away for winter. Often, we would prepare things for the root cellar they had in […]

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What Kids Really Want from Parents, Teachers & School Lunch

Classroom surveys of kids reflect some interesting attitudes on their part about what they really want from those around them—teachers, parents, and school lunch providers. We should empower them to make the right nutritional decisions.

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7 Steps to Improve Your Confidence

“Be confident.” It’s easier said than done. Confidence is an ability that we all possess and do both consciously and unconsciously throughout the day, yet we are all guilty of falling victim to our fears, doubts, and intimidations.

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How Having a "Mantra" Can Help You Accomplish Your Goals

For the past year and a half, I’ve been coaching a phenomenal high school punter. He is now ranked third in all of the land! After his junior season in three months, he will be undoubtedly receiving every top ranked school’s scholarship. This will allow him to have the opportunity to choose wherever he wants to go for […]

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The Power of Play: Allowing Your Inner Child to Become Your Greatest Ally

The first time I did a backflip off the high dive, I was 9.  Maybe it was the pressure of my peers or the August sun soaking up any doubt in my brain.  Either way, whatever the reason, leaping off a 15-foot diving board backward and upside down seemed like a perfectly good idea at […]

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Member Stories: A Child’s Perspective

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be “Elite,” and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s experience:

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Adaptive Aquatics, Swimming for Everyone!

One of the highlights of our jobs as swim instructors is being able to work with students with different abilities. Swimming is a great physical outlet and life-saving skill for anyone, but for those with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges, it is even more important. Many times, these children and adults are naturally drawn to water, and swimming can […]

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12 Backyard Games To Get Out And Play This Summer

Oh sweet summertime. It’s time for sunshine, lemonade, and (most importantly) no school. While it may seem tempting to stay in the house with the air conditioning on high all summer binge watching Netflix, it’s still super important to get out and get active. Here are 12 summer backyard games to get your kids off […]

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