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04.01.20

Dear Mini Milers families,

We hope you are faring well during these unprecedented times.   

In accordance with all directives from Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Health, including the dismissal of Vermont schools for the remainder of the school year, the Mini Milers program for 2020 will be cancelled. We are disappointed to take this sad, but necessary step as we all seek to be part of the solution to the current health crisis.  

RunVermont will be issuing refunds to all program registrants within the next two weeks.   

We know these are challenging times and families are adjusting to having kids at home.  To help, RunVermont will be offering Mini Milers programming, at no charge, to anyone who wishes to access the information.  We will be posting a weekly Mini Milers activity sheet.  Simply visit this page and we’ll have a plan available to assist you with some healthy activities to share with your family.  The first plan is shown below. 

Additionally, we have a Facebook group set up for anyone who wishes to share some information or ask questions of our Mini Milers team. Join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2020minimilers/.  A few of our most dedicated volunteer leaders will be checking in to provide ideas and the benefit of their experience.  We hope that this will help as we keep our kids and families healthy and look ahead to easier times. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at Michelle@runvermont.org

On behalf of everyone at RunVermont, stay safe.  We look forward to running with you all in the near future. 

Regards, 

Michelle Dow 
Youth Director 

 

Week #4 - Mini Milers

Lesson Goal: Simply stated “Healthy Eating!” Healthy eating is important to keeping our bodies and minds in good shape. It is important to ‘Eat the rainbow!’ of vegetables and fruits – eat different colors every day. We need to eat 2 ½ cups of vegetables and 1 ½ cups of fruit every day or an easier way to think about it is a Healthy Plate is half fruits and vegetables at every meal.

New ideas for warming up!

  • Reach for the Stars – Stand up straight and tall and reach as high as possible, alternating arms trying to reach a little higher each time.
  • Volcano – Making whooshing sounds as you bend down and reach for the ground with legs straight, then stand up tall and reach for the sky like you are erupting.
  • Shake it Up! – Alternate shaking hands and feet, for an extra challenge try shaking one hand and one foot at the same time.
  • High Knees (Running in place) – Start slowly running in place and bring your knees up higher and higher and then increase the pace once form is correct.
  • Hot Feet (Quick Feet) – Pretend like you are on hot lava and you need to move your feet as fast as you can while staying in place. How fast can you get your feet going?
  • Jumping Beans – Can you jump up and down in place on two legs? Can you jump up forward to back and back to forward? How about side to side? After you are warmed up on two legs try one!

Main Activity

  • Who feels up for a run challenge? Can your child keep moving for a determined amount of time or a certain number of laps? Will today be their record? Let’s see how far they have come since the first week. Remind them they have the knowledge and ability.

Cool Down

  • Gentle jog to a nice spot and stretch.
  • Discussion “Were you able to lend a helping hand at home or in the community during these trying times?”

Wrap Up

  • Fun Facts:
    • Did you know that in Japan, the most popular topping for pizza at Domino’s Pizza is squid?
    • Did you know that peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite?
    • Did you know that the only fruit that has seeds on the outer skin is the strawberry?

HEALTHY HABIT CHALLENGE!

What’s on your plate? Can you eat the rainbow at each meal (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)? How many colors can you eat in one meal by having a variety of fruits and vegetables? Kids Eat Right has both a great Facebook page and website. Check them out: www.eatright.org/for-kids

For a printable PDF of this activity, click HERE

  • Week #3 "Learning about your bodies and good running form by exploring stride lengths" printable PDF of this activity HERE.
  • Week #2 "Promote physical, social and emotional health, both now and in the future by learning about goal setting" printable PDF of this activity HERE.
  • Week #1 "Getting to Know Your Body" printable PDF of this activity HERE.

 

The Timberlane Dental Mini Milers program is back, allowing individuals, communities and schools to join in the fun for the health of it! While enrolled in the Timberlane Dental Group Mini Milers program children learn about and practice fitness, good nutrition, community service and goal setting, all while having fun and being safe. Children meet weekly with Mini Miler leaders to get motivated, educated and keep track of their progress. In addition to mileage incentives, t-shirt, and medal, participants receive monthly e-letters filled with ideas, fun activities and running stories.

Unsure if your school or area has a group or have questions? Please contact our Director at youth@runvermont.org or call 802-863-8412.

How it Works For Mini Milers Groups:

We provide a Leader Manual with lessons and fun activities, including a Mileage Tracker for each participant.

Groups meet weekly (or twice a week) for an hour at a location to be determined by the Leader(s).

Participants use their Mileage Tracker to chart their fitness miles.

Participants submit miles to their Mini Milers leader.

In addition to mileage incentives, t-shirt, and medal, participants receive monthly e-letters filled with activity ideas, citizenship challenges, and tasty recipes.

Individual groups will celebrate their success at their program site, and each participant will be recognized.

Participants are encouraged to participate in the Timberlane Dental Group Mini Marathon.

How it Works For Individuals:

We provide a Parent Manual with lessons and fun activities, including a Mileage Tracker for each participant.

Participants use their Mileage Tracker to chart their fitness miles.

Participants' parents email RunVermont as benchmarks are met to receive their incentives.

In addition to mileage incentives, t-shirt, and medal, participants receive monthly e-letters.

Participants are encouraged to participate in our Timberlane Dental Mini Marathon.

Dates:

Spring Program: April – June 2020
Spring 2020 Groups begin the first week of April, specific dates determined by Group Leaders at each location. After the registration deadline, participants will receive information via email from their program Leader(s) with pertinent information.

Group Leaders:

RunVermont provides Mini Milers Training for all Group Leaders.

RunVermont requires all coaches to submit to a criminal background check.

To become a leader or find out if your child’s school has a Mini Milers program, please contact our Youth Director at  youth@runvermont.org or call 802-863-8412.

Registration & Cost:

The cost per participant is $35.00. To find out if your child’s school has a Mini Milers program or inquire about leader opportunities email youth@runvermont.org.

 

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