Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Yes, April is Math Awareness Month! How are you celebrating? Exploramania Founder Carrie Scheiner always gets interesting reactions when she tells people that she has a degree in Math with a minor in secondary education and her Masters in Statistics. Once in a while, the reaction is positive "I always liked math." or "I did well in statistics."

However, most reactions are cringes and flashbacks to math classes in school where they were not the "best" in math. So many people out there have math anxiety. But math is in EVERYTHING that you do and you probably do not even realize it. Just to list a few - driving (miles per hour, miles per gallon), eating (calories, % fat), shopping (prices, discounts), even putting on make up relates to symmetry.

Do something FUN to celebrate! Of course, we suggest you do the award-winning Exploracise program with your kids for fun family time and learning math. It’s so much fun that the kids won’t suffer from math anxiety. Check out Exploramania's other math-friendly products on our website. Make math fun for your kids and it will ignite a lifelong passion rather than make them cringe when they back to math class.

Happy counting!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month. We all want our families to have healthy eating habits, but it’s not always easy to achieve. Just go to the grocery store and look at all the unhealthy foods that tempt you as you wander down the aisles. We are surrounded by poor food choices in attractive packages, sometimes with labels that try to mislead us to believe they are actually healthy. And while it’s ok to have a treat every once in a while, and to have the “unhealthy” treats in moderation, it can be difficult not to go overboard with all that is available. Food can be your child’s friend or foe. Everyone needs to eat, but eating the wrong things and consuming too much can be a recipe for disaster, leading to a multitude of health problems. When parents establish unhealthy eating patterns with their children, it is often difficult to break these habits as the child grows up.

First Lady Michelle Obama is doing her part to help our nation get healthier. Last week she talked to food manufacturers and urged them to speed up their efforts to make healthier foods and reduce marketing unhealthy foods to children. Specifically she requested less salt, fat and sugar in foods. She also said that she wants less confusing food labels. If a product has a reduced fat content, it doesn’t necessarily make it healthier if that fat is replaced with increased sugar and salt. Instead of creatively marketing products to appear healthy, she wants more healthy nutrients and fewer bad ingredients in the foods. She is focusing on school lunches and vending machines, and she also wants to make healthy foods more available along with encouraging children to exercise more. These efforts will help reduce childhood obesity and make America’s kids healthier.

At Exploramania, we also encourage healthy eating along with education and fitness. The Gymathtics DVD Collection is a great way to get your kids active. It’s simple, it’s fun and it can be done at any time of the day. If you don’t already have the DVDs, check them out on our website and learn how it can help your family add some fun into your daily routine while getting smarter and fitter.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Award Winning Kids Exercise DVD Combats Childhood Obesity & Math Anxiety

Exploramania is a new Advocate of the President’s Challenge

Children can meet their President’s Challenge fitness goals with the Award Winning Exploracise Gymathtics program from Exploramania. Exploramania just joined the prestigious list of advocates of the National program that will be a major factor in the new Let’s Move campaign launched by Michelle Obama. Kids not only exercise their muscles but they also stretch those minds to learn while they “burn” calories. The Exploracise Gymathtics 30-minute DVD is aerobics, strengthening, and stretching in the form of math lessons -- a mind-challenging twist! Exploramania is creating innovative solutions to curb the childhood obesity epidemic and educational challenges affecting American children today.

"As a psychologist specializing in child development, I really love this DVD. It is great as an activity, and helps teach them math skills.” Mom’s Best Award

This revolutionary concept has earned the Exploracise® Gymathtics program prestigious honors and top awards in the toy and education industries including Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Active Products, Creative Child Magazine DVD of the Year for kids exercise and movement, Learning Magazine 2010 Teachers Choice Award for the Family, and many more. To many people this is a concept whose time has come especially as America recognizes the growing danger of child obesity to our health system and economy. Such concerns has led First Lady Michelle Obama to launch an initiative to combat childhood obesity in the United States that will incorporate many of the themes that Exploramania teaches in their DVD series. The First Lady in her initiative is citing the need for children early in their life to begin healthy exercise, learn how to eat healthy, and remain committed to personal advancement through education, all of which are the hallmarks of Exploracise® Gymathtics. In addition, the award winning DVD combines exercise and education using auditory, visual, and kinesthetic techniques increasing the retention and recall of the math concepts.

“We are very honored that Exploramania is an advocate of the President’s Challenge promoting fitness and physical activity through active education,” said Carrie Scheiner, President of Exploramania and Creator of Exploracise® Gymathtics. “Childhood obesity is at an all time high with our children not exercising or eating properly. I developed this fun and educational DVD to teach children at an early age how to live a healthy lifestyle and to develop a love of learning math.”

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