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Go Bananas for QuickStart! Campaign

Want to be a great tennis player? 
Eat like a great tennis player!

That's the motto of Go Bananas for QuickStart! QCV created this campaign in 2009 to address childhood obesity and physical inactivity in kids and help create happier, healthier and more active kids by using tennis players as nutritional role models.

Research shows that 70% of childhood obesity is attributable to physical inactivity. 25% is due to nutrition. (That means Go Bananas! can address 95% of the problem!) The remainder is due to genetics. Also, 70% of overweight or obese kids grow up to be overweight or obese adults and 70% of obese kids already have indications of cardio-vascular disease. Someone needs to help kids fall in love with physical activity and healthy eating! We think every kid needs to Go Bananas!

The QuickStart Tennis format includes motor skill development, tennis instruction and fitness/conditioning activities. Go Bananas for QuickStart! supplements the kid-sized Quickstart format with another element, nutrition/hydration, presented in the same FUN and engaging QuickStart way. The Go Bananas! model is simple -- ROLE MODEL, REINFORCE and REWARD.

QCV performs Go Bananas! school visits throughout the school year. Kids are given a Go Bananas! poster, a silicone tennis bracelet and Go Bananas! cards that feature a different tennis player and describes a variety of foods and healthy eating habits. "Why do tennis players eat bananas?" "Why do tennis players drink water?" At some special school events, kids are given Go Bananas! drawstring bags, water bottles, hats, sunglasses, balls and racquets.

QCV also attends school and community events -- Family Fitness Nights, Open Houses and Back-to-School Nights at schools, community health fairs and the Junior League's annual Kids in the Kitchen event at the Boys & Girls Club. Go Bananas! also serves as the foundation for BrightSTARS -- Tennis for Me!

QCV collaborates with nutritionists and dieticians at the UVA Children's Hospital Fitness Clinic to ensure the nutritional information being passed along to the kids is correct and age-appropriate.

The Go Bananas for QuickStart! poster, cards and giveaways are made possible by our generous sponsors.


Go Bananas for QuickStart! Sponsors -- THANK YOU!!!





QuickStart Tennis adds up for kids! Check out the Go Bananas! QuickStart Arithmetic card here.

Check out all of our Go Bananas! cards

Why do tennis players eat  . . .

  Bananas?  Brian Boland (first Go Bananas! card) 
  Water?   Dom Inglot
  Carrots? Lindsey Hardenbergh
  Berries? Houston Barrick 
  Whole-grain pasta? Jarmere Jenkins 
  Seafood? Steven Eelkman Rooda
  Brown Rice? Philippe Oudshoorn  
  Broccoli?  Rob Issem

  Mangos? Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
  Tomatoes? Erin Vierra O'Neill

  Watermelon? Elaine Chervinsky
  Milk? Alex Domijan
  Peaches? Mitchell Frank
Oranges? Andrés Pedroso
Salads? Maria Fuccillo
  Grapes? Alina Ackenbom

  Spinach? Scott Brown

  Whole Grains? Alanna Broderick
Lean Meats? Jermaine Jenkins
  Sweet Onions? Brian Vahaly
  Cucumbers? Danielle Collins
  Beans? Emily Harman
  Beets? Jon Fried
  Bell Peppers? Rachel Pierson
  Green beans? Ryan Shane
  Radishes? Stephanie Nauta
  Cauliflower? Maci Epstein
  Cabbage? Marie Faure
  Seafood? Jules Elbaba
  Balanced Meals? Dustin Taylor
  Herbs? Carlos Benatzky
  Apples? Katja Wiersholm
  Nuts & Seeds? Henrik Wiersholm
  Pineapples? Sara O'Leary

Good nutrition and lots of tennis and fitness activities are only part of the equation. If kids aren't getting enough sleep then all the attention to diet and exercise during the day can be undermined. A recently released study, which followed 1,900 kids from birth to age 13, says kids who don't get at least 10 hours of sleep each night have an 80% higher probability of becoming obese. The researchers also say naps during the day don’t offset the effect. They think a lack of nighttime sleep throws off key hormones that affect weight and metabolism. The study in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

WHY do tennis players . . . 

Like to sleep? Mac Styslinger              Study has linked lack of sleep as a child and obesity
   Use Sunscreen? Boland brothers          American Academy of Dermatology encourages use of sunscreen
   Brush and floss? Treat Huey               A healthy mouth helps keep your body healthy!
   Like to read? Natasha Subhash           Tennis = exercise for your body. Reading = exercise for your brain!
   Warm up & cool down? Taylor Wingo    Help prevent soreness and injury
   Grow Tennis Ball Lettuce? Thomas Jefferson
   Have Good Manners? Matthew Rose
   Wear Sunglasses? Briana Boland
   Practice Kindness? Carl Soderlund
   Take care of their Feet? Rosie Johanson

WHAT do tennis players . . .

   Learn from trees?   Spencer Bozsik

Check out our card-sized (4" x 6") Go Bananas! poster.

Printing of the Go Bananas! posters and cards is provided by PSPrint.com





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