Kids Cook and Ski at Loring
Ready, Set, Ski!
January 25, 2010                                                 Fifth Issue

Celebrate Winter, Ski in the City of Lakes Loppet!
Weekend of Events
Meet at Loring for the Bus
Get Ready for the Loppet
This winter has been a season of learning through cross-country ski lessons and new experiences.  As each basic skill is learned, students are more confident and very excited about skiing in the City of Lakes Loppet.  Register to ski in this event. Encourage your parents to help chaperone and invite your friends to meet you in Uptown; join in on the winter fun!
After the weekend of ski events, we will host a banquet at Loring on February 16th.
Cross country skiers and your families, Nordic Ski coaches, Kids Cook volunteers and your teachers will be invited to this banquet. 

February 6th, Kids Minne-Loppet Event
Loppet The Loppet weekend of events is rapidly approaching!  Loring students have been working hard on their cross country skiing skills and will have the opportunity to ski in the Kids Minne-Loppet on Saturday, February 6th in Uptown!
There will be lots to see in Uptown that day: snow sculpture carvings, an ice-bike race, a Skijor race (dogs pulling skiers), a Jr. Loppet race, the Minne-Loppet, and sprint competitions.  Crowning the Saturday activities will be the beautiful Luminary ski on Lake of the Isles, the lake will be be candle lit with over 1200 ice luminaries!

Sunday will also see fast-paced competition for the freestyle and classic ski races, joined by the 10km Tour event.  Sunday events all begin at Wirth Park and finish in Uptown.  We look forward to sharing the Minne-Loppet with Loring ski students and invite you to cheer on the many events taking place over the weekend.  Check out the details and weekend schedule at City of Lakes Loppet.

Bus Transportation to the Loppet from Loring
Students and Chaperones will depart from Loring Community School on February 6th.

1:15 p.m.  Students and Chaperones will load bus.  Students should wear warm
                clothes, including hats, warm-socks, gloves and coats.
1:45 p.m.  Bus arrives at Uptown for the Minnesota Youth Ski League Events.  Visit
                the Snow Sculptures and Vendor Village. 
2:45 p.m.  Students prepare to ski the Minne-Loppet.  All equipment will be provided.
                Chaperones will assist students and help line them up for the event.
3:00 p.m.  The Minne-Loppet takes off!  Kids ski the course.  At the finish there will                 be hot chocolate, cookies and a medal!  Chaperones will be at the finish.
3:45 p.m.  Students and Chaperones will assemble at the bus.
4:00 p.m.  Load the bus.
4:30 p.m.  Students arrive back at Loring Community School.

Good Nutrition Before and After Skiing ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
When children become more active as they learn to ski, they begin to connect with their bodies and realize that what they eat affects how they feel.  This week students will learn that the heart needs exercise and healthy foods to help it perform well. The heart is a muscle that acts for a pump for the circulatory system.  With a healthy heart and circulatory system, your body will stay warm outside on cold days.
Kids Cook Classroom recommends a healthy snack, breakfast and supper to fuel your body before an active day of skiing or just so you can have a Good Day!
A bowl of popcorn popped in olive oil is a tasty, heart healthy snack.
For breakfast, Kids Cook recommends eating a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries.
Fuel your body with fruits and vegetables, beans or pasta.
Hydrate your body, be sure to drink water in the winter even if you aren't thirsty.
Make a pot of soup like students learned to make in the cooking class. Make a stock and add lots of noodles.  Chicken soup helps to keep you hydrated and healthy!