ArtFu Summer Camp Provides Much Needed Physical and Arts Education for Children


Hi Fusers!

When I look back to when I was a school-aged kid, I remember having arts and physical education everyday, as well as a few recess breaks. We painted, played music, did theater, played dodgeball and capture the flag, ran relays, jumped rope…..daily. And we were all the better for it.

Sadly, the number of overweight children in the US has tripled in the last 20 years. One in 3 American children today are overweight or obese. This makes them prone to diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and poor academic performance.

Over the last few years, we have battled a crippled economy. School budget cuts and the move toward standardized testing have significantly impacted the role of arts and physical education in our children’s lives.

In 2002 the No Child Left Behind Act was passed, and the federal government moved toward assessing standardized test scores in math and reading as a means to creating school budgets. This means more time must be spent on these subjects and less time on non-tested subjects. The more a school falls behind on these overall scores, the less time and school budget is spent on non-tested subjects, including arts and physical education.

However, research shows that arts and physical education are invaluable to our children. Art teaches children so many valuable lessons, including how to respect different points of view, how to commit and follow through, how to think abstractly, as well as gives children a means to communicate their feelings. Exercise is equally important; it increases blood flow to the brain and endorphin levels, which help reduce stress, improve mood, and calm children.

Children who participate in art and physical education regularly are less likely to miss school, able to concentrate better, demonstrate less disruptive behavior in class, have higher self-esteem and have higher test scores in reading and math. Sounds like a winning combination.

The Fuse Fitness and 4Cats Art Studio, both located just off the Colusa Circle in Kensington, have partnered together to create Art Fu, a unique summer camp to help combat the decline of arts and physical education in our schools. This awesome, all-day camp (9:30am-4pm, M-Th) starts the day off at 4Cats, where campers will spend the week learning and exploring a specific artist and creating a masterpiece to take home. The afternoon will be spent at The Fuse, where campers will learn Kung Fu with Sifu De. This camp is a fantastic opportunity for our kids, who sadly do not get enough of art or physical education in school.

Please visit our websites, www.thefusefitnessstudio.com and www.4cats.com/berkeleyhills to sign up today!

Yours in health,

Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness

Adopting New Good Habits


Hi Fusers!

Happy May! What gorgeous spring weather we’ve been having 🙂 Summer is just around the corner, and let me tell you, I couldn’t be happier about that. Today’s blogpost is written by our resident guest blogger, Beverly Aabjerg. Enjoy!

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Get Ready for More

In April we encouraged everyone to “Just Give Up” one bad habit. Here at The Fuse Fitness, members gave up everything from chocolate to Facebook, kettle corn to junk T.V. With April behind us, the results are in, and most people have kept their promises! Why have Fuse Fitness members been so successful? Is it because they posted their commitment publicly? Or perhaps because they are checking in with each other so frequently. Or maybe because people are encouraged by participating in this challenge with a group rather than struggling alone. Is it “misery likes company” or “the more the merrier”, or a bit of both?

If you accepted our April challenge, good for you! Give yourself a pat on the back and keep up the good work. Think about whether or not you might want to continue keeping this “bad habit” out of your life. Look at the pros and cons of continuing to moderate this behavior.

May Challenge

Now in May, we encourage everyone to adopt a behavior that they know will increase their health and/or quality of life.  Some ideas Fuse members are thinking about include working out one more day a week, taking yoga classes, meditating everyday, getting a long-avoided physical exam, eating at least four servings of vegetables a day, and drinking green tea. Now is as good a time as any to take hold of your life and do something you know would be good for you.

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Don’t Go Alone

This challenge is not something you have to do by yourself. Enroll your friends and family to take the challenge with you. Post the challenges on the fridge and check in with each other a couple times a week. Acknowledge and encourage each other. And have fun living well!

Yours in Health,

The Fuse Fitness