Is Your School Ready for the EduNinja™ 30 Day Health & Wellness Challenge January 2018?

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Hello Teachers, Principals, School Staff, and Superintendents,

My name is Jennifer Burdis. You may know me as the EduNinja. I’m in my 20th year of teaching in the San Diego area, and believe in the importance of health and wellness for everyone. Growing up in Pennsylvania, sports were an important part of my life, from playing volleyball at Penn State to competing on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior seasons six and seven. I believe all people, especially teachers, principals, school staff, and superintendents need to give themselves the gift of health and wellness.

This coming January marks the beginning of the third annual EduNinja Health & Wellness Challenge. With the #eduninja30 this year’s 30 day challenge again will be aimed to inspire educators to incorporate physical activity, healthy eating, kinesthetic lessons, and mindfulness into the classroom promoting a culture of health in schools while building community across the nation.

Please join teachers, families, and friends who are giving themselves the gift of health and wellness with the EduNinja™ 30 Day Health & Wellness Challenge. When you feel better you teach better and your students learn better also.

Here’s how to join the movement: The easiest way to join this health and wellness party and stay connected with your edufriends is to first share this website with your principal, retweet to friends on social media and grab your coworkers to join.

We’re going to be moving some desks out of the way, or you may end up working out in your pj’s before school because these EduNinja™ workouts can be completed just about anywhere! These workouts are adapted for all levels and you can try as many new exercises daily by looking at the easy to follow videos and pictures here on the website.

The daily workouts will be posted here on this site. You can choose to try one exercise, a few, or the whole workout. It’s up to you. The goal for many will be to get 60 total minutes a day of exercise in any form. There will even be some supplemental videos with other eduheroes to accompany some of the daily workouts. Please be sure to consult your physician before starting any workout program, and I encourage you to know your numbers.

There are so many ways you can participate, and you can choose your favorite social media tool to stay connected. Try it right now by logging into Facebook and typing eduninja30 to join this private Facebook group where we support, encourage, build community with awesome teachers, principals, and superintendents. Follow and tag @jennifer_burdis on Twitter with #eduninja30, follow eduninja30 or jenniferburdis on Instagram and keep up to date here for the daily workout or check out jenburdis.com see pictures from last year’s challenge.

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What You’ll Need:

Please help spread the word among other teachers, staff, and administrators. Maybe hang up a poster in your staff lounge. Maybe gather a team of to complete the workouts together. Don’t forget to use the#EduNinja30 when you post pictures since we want to share, inspire, and build the community around the importance of health and wellness for teachers and their students. It might be helpful to have the items listed below:
1. A yoga mat
2. Stopwatch or download the free Tabata Pro app.
3. A Swiss Ball and medicine ball
4. A few inexpensive exercise bands
5. Either, access to a gym 1 day a week , or a light set of hand weights. (1-5 lbs. for beginners)
6. Sign-up to use #GoNoodle for brain breaks at school.

Differentiation For All Levels:

Week 1: Request access to the private “eduninja30” Facebook Group.

Level 1: Complete the #eduninja30 Tip of the Day or commit to increased daily movement. Post a picture with #eduninja30 on social media or in the private “eduninja30” Facebook group.

Level 2: Complete 20 – 30 min. of cardio 3 times this week and try 1 set of the daily EduNinja Workout. Post a picture with #eduninja30 on social media or in the private “eduninja30” Facebook group.

Level 3: Complete 30 min. of cardio 4+ times this week and complete the daily EduNinja Workout. Post a picture with #eduninja30 on social media or in the private “eduninja30” Facebook group.

Week 2:
Level 1: Complete the#eduninja30 Tips of the Day. Post your picture with#eduninja30.

Level 2: Complete 25 – 30 min. of cardio 3-4 times this week and try 2 sets of the daily EduNinja Workout. Post a picture with #eduninja30.

Level 3: Complete 35 min. of cardio 4+ times this week and complete the daily EduNinja Workout. Post a picture with #eduninja30.

Week 3:
Level 1: Complete the#eduninja30 Tip of the Day. Post your picture with #eduninja30.

Level 2: Complete 30 – 35 min. of cardio 3-4 times this week and try 2 sets of the daily EduNinja Workout. Post a picture with #eduninja30.

Level 3: Complete 40 min. of cardio 4+ times this week and complete the daily EduNinja Workout. Post a picture with #eduninja30.

Week 4:
Level 1: Complete the EduNinja 30 Tip of the Day. Post your picture with#eduninja30.

Level 2: Complete 35+ min. of cardio 3-4+ times this week and complete the daily EduNinja Workout. Post a picture with #eduninja30.

Level 3: Complete 45+ min. of cardio 5 times this week and complete the daily EduNinja Workout. Post a picture with #eduninja30.

If you are looking for a way to hold yourself more accountable in reaching your goals, getting the daily workout, trying new brain breaks, gathering kinesthetic lesson ideas, getting nutrition and mindfulness tools, and making better daily food choices, then please join us on Facebook at eduninja30.  We’re better together so let’s do this! Together we can inspire healthy students, teachers, principals, and superintendents across the country.

Twitter: jennifer_burdis
Facebook: “#eduninja30” private group (ask to join)
Instagram: eduninja30 or jenniferburdis
Website: eduninja.net or jenburdis.com

Together, let’s create a culture of health at your school by promoting staff wellness, student wellness, and family wellness. Join us on this #eduninja30 challenge to promote health and wellness throughout schools across the country.

Sincerely,

Jen Burdis

P.S. I’ll be making a new poster for the January 2018 #EduNinja30 to hang in your staff lounge, email to friends, share with families, and encourage as many people as you can to join our health and wellness challenge. I’ll post it here in December so you can start spreading the word. Thanks for inspiring healthy teachers and students!