Welcome to Sip & Skip

Sip & Skip is a challenge designed to help establish bone-friendly habits in children ages 8-10 years old. “Bone-friendly habits” include the right food choices and physical activity; research shows that both play a crucial role in bone building. Students keep track of personal bone-friendly behaviour during the program. Group behaviour is tracked and rewarded throughout the challenge as students gradually assemble a full

Sip & Skip is designed for children 8-10 years old in grades three and four. The program may also be suitable for younger or older children if you feel they would enjoy the program and understand the messages.

The Sip & Skip challenge works best with groups that meet regularly during a two or three week period. Daily exposure is preferable. Participants will carry out the program, track personal and group progress each day. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to help children meet their goals at home or on weekends.

What is included in the Sip & Skip program?

  • Bone Building Foods classroom chart and instruction sheet
  • Physical Activity list and instruction sheet
  • Group Skeleton masters and instruction sheet
  • Personal Record Keeper masters and instruction sheet
  • Bone Health parent brochure
  • Sip & Skip parent brochure

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Welcome to Sip and Skip

Sip & Skip is a challenge designed to help establish bone-friendly habits in children ages 8-10 years old. “Bone-friendly habits” include the right food choices and physical activity; research shows that both play a crucial role in bone building.

Parent Brochure

Did you know? Childhood is a crucial time for bone development. Almost all of the bone we will have as adults is built by 18 years of age. Physical activity and the right food choices are essential for building the best bones possible.

Parent Letter

You can help by encouraging your child to consume calcium rich foods and complete one minute jumping sessions during the challenge. A brochure will be sent home that identifies foods and drinks rich in calcium and offers ideas to keep jumping interesting. Please note that any weight bearing activity (e.g. running, walking, etc.) is beneficial for bone, but research shows that impact activities, like jumping, are most beneficial.

You Think About Their Safety and Education – Parent Brochure

Bone, like many other body organs, responds positively to physical activity. As little as 30 minutes of daily exercise, especially around the time of puberty, will help build strong, dense bones.

Orientation Sheet

Determine the length of your program. Sip & Skip can be done for 14 consecutive days (2 weeks including weekends) or 15 weekdays (3 weeks excluding weekends).

Bone Building Foods Chart Instructions

Those 4-8 years old should consume 800 mg of calcium each day. This is the equivalent of 10 points on the Bone Building Foods chart. Those 9-18 years old should consume 1300 mg of calcium each day. This is the equivalent of 16 points on the Bone Building Foods chart.

Bone Building Foods Chart

Collect your points every day! Check off the boxes in your Personal Record Keeper as you eat these foods

Group Skeleton and Instructions

To highlight success in the Sip & Skip Challenge, students will assemble a skeleton bone by bone. One piece is added each day as group members meet their nutrition and physical activity goals. By the end of the Sip & Skip Challenge participants will have one or more full skeletons to celebrate their success.

Use Your Bones and Instructions

Participants will complete three one-minute jumping sessions on 14 consecutive days (including weekends) or 15 weekdays. Any weight bearing activity (e.g. running, walking, etc.) is beneficial for bone.

Personal Record Keeper Instructions

How to Assemble the Personal Record Keeper

Personal Record Keeper

Check off the boxes as you eat and drink during the day. Use the Bone Building Foods charts to figure out how many points you earned.

Sip and Skip was developed by the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba in partnership with Osteoporosis Canada. For more information visit www.milk.mb.ca