We are so excited to be able to premier today a new blog feature –the GeoPalz Junior Blogger Program. We asked some GeoPalz kidz from all across the country to send us their reports on how they help get their families moving, active and healthy. Our goal is to help share some personal experiences that folks are having with the GeoPalz family experience.
Our first GeoPalz Junior Blog post is Cricket, a 12 year old GeoPalz user from Montana. Cricket shares her outlook on the pros and cons of spending time outside with her family – she has a younger sister and brother, both GeoPalz users, so she tells us won’t be some strife and contention–siblings are just that way sometimes!
GeoPalz Junior Blogger Cricket:
I live in a small town in the NW United States. I have a sister and a brother, and two awesome parents. We try really hard to be active and busy. We live out in the country and have HUGE spaces all around us, so in some ways it’s kind of easy. Although, not living near my school or in town means we have to drive to school and to any events. So that makes it a bit harder to just walk to get to places.
I’m looking forward to sharing the story of how we use GeoPalz, and the kinds of things we are doing to be active as a family and live a healthier lifestyle.
We have a small farm, with some chickens, a big garden, a nice creek, and lots and lots of space. My friends and brother and sister and I spend a lot of time outside playing in the creek, or riding bikes, or just running like crazy. At school I joined the cross country team, so I get quite a few steps in – practice EVERY DAY after school.
A bit about me and my family: I am in middle school – there are about 550 students in my school, grades sixth through eighth. I have lived in this town since I was 5 years old. My parents both grew up here, and then spent a while in California before returning to their hometown. My father runs a small community group here, where he works to “improve the quality of life” in the area (I’ve heard THAT so many times that I have it memorized!) My mother is brilliant. She went to college for 13 years! She got a PhD (go look that up if you don’t know what it means – you’ll find out it means “supersmart!”) from Stanford University as a cancer biologist, and now she works for Stanford from our home here many miles away as a science writer, reporting on all sorts of amazing science-y stuff that I don’t really understand.
My sister is 3 years younger than me, so you KNOW she’s annoying! My brother is 7, and every once in a while is cute…
I love reading, art, writing, reading, running, reading, Greek Myths, chicken nuggets (oops), reading, and…. did I mention reading?
I think my big challenge will be to get my whole family out exercising together. Everybody in my family stays pretty active – dad likes to bike, and mom goes to the gym pretty regularly – but I want to get us out walking and enjoying together as a family (although sometimes I could do without my little sister….!). I am also active at my school in stuff, and I hope I can get some group walking activities together.
Looking forward to keeping you up to date on our latest GeoPalz adventurez…Talk with you soon!