About Kid's Exercise & Food Journal

Kid's Exercise & Food Journal

The Kid's Exercise & Food Journal is an online exercise and food tracking service for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Both the online and paper version of the Kid's Exercise & Food Journal encourages children to eat and track their daily recommended cups of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water, and provides for a daily and monthly series of awards and badges as each child learns to eat healthier and begins a lifetime of healthy eating habits. Teachers and parents may expand upon these online awards with tangible items that children may receive as they earn a certain number of daily smiley stars and monthly badges.

Teachers may include the online or paper Kid's Exercise & Food Journal tracking features into a class curriculum on nutrition, health and wellness, and hold a monthly ceremony for the class to cut out and glue their badges to a wellness certificate displayed on the classroom wall. Parents may use the tracking features to improve the daily planning and encouragement for each child to eat their daily recommended cups of fruits and vegetables, and to "try new foods" on a periodic basis.

A children's "wellness certificate" may be downloaded and used as a class or home art project to display the healthy eating accomplishments of each child. The certificate offers a unique opportunity for teachers and parents to remind children to eat healthy every day so that their badge number and color increases with each succeeding month.

Founders

James Graham Chapman III, CEO, Co-Founder
A native from Panama City Beach, Florida, he studied web design at Tallahassee Community College, and earned a Bachelors degree in History at Florida State University. He has 10 years of web design and maintenance experience as the webmaster for the Florida Division of Parks (2000-2004) and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (2005-2012). He is raising a 6 year old girl, who has shown a growing interest in trying and eating more fruits and vegetables and has been a great beta-tester for the Kid's Exercise & Food Journal.

Andrii Gakhov, CTO, Co-Founder
Born in Ukraine, he has studied applied mathematics and defended his Ph.D. in Mathematical Modeling. He has 8 years of IT experience and 6 years of teaching experience at university. His primary field of interest is web programming, with a focus on back-end services.

Mariana Alvarez Lagarde, Graphic Designer
Born in Uruguay, she received a degree in graphic design from the Universidad Uruguay in 2001. She has worked as an independent graphic designer since 2001.

Elle MacKinnon, Registered Dietitian and ACSM Health Fitness Specialist
Originally from Massachusetts, Elle now lives in Tallahassee, FL where she personal trains and conducts nutrition counseling. Elle has worked in hospitals, bariatric programs, gymnastics centers, health clubs and is now excited to be part of the Team Wellness Challenge. She has a Master's degree in Food and Nutrition Science and a Bachelor's degree in Applied Exercise Science.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to encourage children to exercise, eat and drink their daily recommended amount of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water, and to help children develop healthier eating habits early in life.

Our vision is to provide individual teachers and parents with our free online and printable resource, the Kid's Exercise and Food Journal, and to help children of all ages learn to track their exercises and daily food and water intake in order to live a healthier life.

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