Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Yes, you can eat chocolate!

According to the food pyramid, you can eat sweets once or twice a week. Reach for good sweets like dark chocolate, for example. It has not only an excellent taste. Here's why it's worth to eat a few cubes of dark chocolate from time to time. 

Helps in thinking. It contains many compounds that stimulate the brain to work. Therefore, a few cubes of dark chocolate can brighten up the mind, improve concentration, memory, reaction time and facilitate problem solving. 

Adds energy - has the most carbohydrate, magnesium, potassium and iron, but does not contain (or little) sugar! Specialists consider it the best-absorbed, concentrated source of energy. 

Prevents atherosclerosis and blood clots. The natural substances inhibit the oxidation of "bad" cholesterol, protecting us from atherosclerosis and cancer. They help fight infections, regulate the proper tension of the muscles and blood vessels and "make sure" that the platelets do not stick together, preventing the formation of blood clots and stroke. 

Strengthens the heart. Polyphenols contained in the cocoa bean lower blood pressure and prevent a heart attack. Dutch scientists have found that people who regularly eat (or drink) dark chocolate, are less likely to die of a heart attack. 

Filters the kidneys. Thanks to the high content of the alkaloid, theobromine stimulates the kidneys and as a gentle diuretic it cleans them up. This is important information for people who are prone to urinary tract infections. 

Relieves the cough. Recently, researchers have found that theobromine is more effective in inhibiting cough than codeine used so far and does not cause drowsiness. So let's try to save yourself with dark chocolate when you catch a cold.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Your child can sail!

Although children start sailing usually at the age of 7-8, there are schools that teach even three-year-olds. 

Optimists are the most popular class of sports yachts for children. Their simple design and low price make almost every sailor start his career from swimming on this boat. At what age is it best to start? 

There are no top-down regulations governing the lowest age limit for optimists. The Australian International Optimist Dinghy Association, for example, informs that child can start trainings when he/she feels confident near the water, usually between 8 and 9 years of age, but the Canadian CANSail assumes starting teaching in the Wet Feet group (Wet Feet) already in five-year-olds. 

Learning of independence by children is often regarded as the biggest plus of the early start of the sailing trainings. Separation from parents, cooperation with other children and the ability to find a new situation has a positive effect on pre-schoolers. 

Classes with preschoolers must be based primarily on getting to know sailing and being fun rather than training. At first, a child can swim on a pontoon with a trainer and watch older sailors and learn simple on-shore activities. Then comes time for the first Cruise Optimist in the company of the teacher. It is important that the activities are varied and interesting - some instructors explain the basic laws of physics, such as buoyancy, through play, while others supplement the training with learning how to ride a bike or ice skating. It is also important to adjust the equipment - there are special, smaller training sails for Optimists. Sometimes it is best to swim without a sail at all - a child learns the wheelhouse by swimming on a boat behind a pontoon. The teacher's role is the key, because he has to assess the maturity and abilities of a small sailor and adapt the classes accordingly. 

Preschoolers can certainly start their adventure with sailing, but it must be an adventure controlled. A great responsibility lies with the trainer, who should demonstrate a special sense and pedagogical skills so that the child will love swimming on the boat. Parents' attitude is also important, as in such activities they should first and foremost see fun and a way to spend their time in a good way. 

In Gdynia, the biggest regattas in Poland - Volvo Gdynia Sailing Days – has just started so there is an opportunity to see the best sailors not only from Poland but also from whole world! Come and see the youngest sailors to find out that this ia a sport for your child too. 

The schedule is below!

Monday, 28 May 2018

Move Week

Today begins the European Move Week event  and will take until June 3 this year.

MOVE Week is an annual global event showcasing the benefits of being active and participating regularly in sport and physical activity.


With more than 4 million participants since its first edition, MOVE WEEK has become one of the biggest sport for all events around the world promoting the benefits of regular participation in sport and physical activity.

More info on event webiste


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Active generations

Almost whole families participated in the European Run in Gdynia. The oldest participant of the event took part in the Nordic walking walk. Mr. Dionizy ZioĊ‚kowski from Gdynia proved that at the age of 89, you can be more active and smiling than many teenagers. Of course, the youngest were to be found among the competitors taking part in the Toddler's Run - 150 meters,  with their parents. Among 500 small athletes, seven were born this year. 
Great time, lot of fun and good energy.


Friday, 4 May 2018

Along the via Nedolini aqueduct...

Second event organized by Forte Dei Marmi Municipality inspired by Move Up to be healthy and happy project.
This time children from Move Up project took part in day of walking along the via Nedolini aqueduct to the Golden Words.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Martial arts for children – why is it worth considering?

Martial arts have recently gained very high popularity and a large group of supporters. In many cases people who are not more interested in the subject, treat martial arts as a discipline that causes more injuries than football - nothing more wrong.
Here are the reasons why your child should attend martial arts classes:
1) Physical activity and the possibility of using energy
Today's style of life does not force us to physical activity... We spend more and more time sitting down, whether at work or at home in front of the TV screen or computer monitor, but we need to remembered that children should have at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day! Martial arts classes can be one of the way of providing it for our kid.
2) General physical development
Martial arts for children, contrary to appearances, are a discipline in which the trainings are very diverse, and thus offer a much larger range of general development exercises. The curricula contain mainly exercises with their own body weight that have a very good effect on the child's muscle development, posture stabilization and correction. Stretching affects flexibility. Joints subjected to low loads, while working in the natural range of movement, have a chance to develop in order to serve us as long as possible.
3) Reigning us with our body
In addition to the general development of physical fitness, martial arts for children also teach the ability to control their own bodies, but also aggression. It's not about teaching a child how to hurt someone. Martial arts are mostly used to defend yourself and your own health as well as others. People who persistently train martial arts are usually balanced people and self-confident.
4) Psychological development
It turns out that in martial arts, as in other sports, e.g. in dance, the learning of positions, techniques, formal arrangements or naming is a perfect exercise of memory or abstract thinking.
5) Learning respect for others
In addition to work on remembering or abstract thinking, martial arts can also be developed from a different angle. Namely, they are often associated with discipline. This is quite a strong term, but it really focuses on a few issues such as ceremonial (punctuality, focus, compliance with rules in the classroom and consistency) or respect for the teacher (which translates into respect for parents or teachers at school).
6) Working in a group
This is certainly a very important skill nowadays, especially useful in life. In class, children do not exercise alone. They usually function in their group, participate in team games (during warm-up). Practicing in pairs help each other in learning techniques, see how they affect the other person, are able to control their strength and are taught respect for the other person.
7) Systematic work leads to success
Classes usually take place at the same times and places. Hence the learning of regularity by timely (and punctual) appearing in class. Regularity is also found in exercises, where the child learns by repeating exercises regularly, thus improving his technique.
8) Spending time usefuly
Of course, it is important to balance and find time both for learning, movement, working on your character, as well as for fun or just moments of laziness. Classes spent on the mat are able to give the child much more real interaction than the time spent at the computer or phone.
Will you let your child practice martial art?

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Make time for breakfast

On April 24th is celebrated the European Day of Breakfast  which is organized under the slogan "Make time for breakfast".
With non-communicable diseases on the rise, and many Europeans skipping breakfast, the Breakfast is Best campaign is calling on stakeholders across Europe to address the importance of breakfast in healthy lifestyle choices and combating health inequalities.

The Breakfast is Best campaign – a multi-stakeholder science-based campaign involving Europe’s dieticians, doctors and the breakfast cereal industry (CEEREAL) – has launched the “Make Time for Breakfast Pledge”, calling on Europe to do more to encourage its citizens to have breakfast every day.

Here you can find a great extensive report about "The Importance Breakfast in Europe":

Friday, 20 April 2018

Sugar in drinks

Limit sugar in your child's diet!

A child’s body gets all the sugar it needs from that naturally occurring in food. Added sugar just means a lot of empty calories that contribute to hyperactivity, mood disorders, and increase the risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and even suicidal behaviours in teenagers.

How to cut down on sugar?
The American Heart Association recommends that sugar intake for children is limited to 3 teaspoons (12 grams) a day. A 12-ounce soda contains up to 10 teaspoons or 40g of added sugar, shakes and sweetened coffee drinks even more. Large amounts of added sugar can also be hidden in foods such as bread, canned soups and vegetables, frozen dinners, and fast food. In fact, about 75% of packaged food in the U.S. contains added sugar.

·         Don’t ban sweets entirely. Having a no sweets rule is an invitation for cravings and overindulging when given the chance.

·         Give recipes a makeover. Many recipes taste just as good with less sugar.

·         Avoid sugary drinks. Instead, try adding a splash of fruit juice to sparkling water or blending whole milk with a banana or berries for a delicious smoothie.

·         Don’t replace healthy sources of saturated fat with refined carbs or sugary snacks. It’s a mistake many of us make. Instead of letting our kids eat whole-fat yoghurt, for example, we offer them low-fat versions, not realizing they’re often packed with added sugar to make up for the loss of taste. Or we swap breakfast eggs for a pastry or muffin. 

·         Create your own popsicles and frozen treats. Freeze 100% fruit juice in an ice-cube tray with plastic spoons as popsicle handles. Or make frozen fruit kabobs using pineapple chunks, bananas, grapes, and berries.

·         Avoid foods that impair your child’s mood.
·         A diet high in processed foods, such as fried food, sweet desserts, sugary snacks, refined flour and cereals can increase the risk for anxiety and depression in kids.
·         Kids who drink four or more cups of soda or sweetened fruit drinks a day—including diet versions—have a higher risk for depression.
·         Caffeine from soda, energy drinks, or coffee drinks can trigger anxiety in kids and aggravate feelings of depression.