Week 7

Game Changer Challenge

Andrew Luck Video

Whether it was basketball or tennis, I always made an effort to try different sports or activities beyond football. It was a great way to stay active, learn something new and gave my arm a rest from throwing footballs. Andrew Luck #12



Get Going!

Change it up. Trying a different sport or activity is a great way to learn something new and to get out of the same old routine. Who knows what new interest you’ll discover this week? 

Do not attempt the exercises if an injury or limitation prevents you from completing them safely. Participate to the best of your ability to complete the challenge.

Day 1

Go Outside for the Big 5

9-17 year-olds
Go out and do an activity or sport that isn’t one of the big 5: football, basketball, baseball, soccer and volleyball. Expand your athletic horizons and try something different like tennis, hockey, golf, lacrosse, skateboarding, cycling, running or gymnastics. Have fun trying something you’ve never done, or something you’ve always wanted to do more of.

Day 2

Try a Friend’s Favorite Sport/Activity

9-17 year-olds
Spend time today learning to do the favorite sport or activity of one of your friends. Ask them questions and be open to all the specialized knowledge they can give you like tips, techniques and rules. Most importantly, have fun and work together to make each other better.

Day 3

Put a Spin on a Sport/Activity

9-17 year-olds
Whether it’s a variation on a sport or activity that has already been invented or a new take you make up, we want you to do it differently. Play Frisbee golf, kickball instead of baseball, soccer with just your head, street hockey as opposed to roller hockey or whatever creative spin you can bring to a game. Go ahead, spice up any activity or sport your way.

Day 4

Try a Family Member’s Favorite Sport/Activity

9-17 year-olds
Like you did in Day 2, spend time today learning the favorite sport or activity of a family member. Ask them questions and be open to all the specialized knowledge they can give you like tips, techniques and rules. If it’s something you’ve already done, that’s OK. You can always learn more. Today, see how doing something active can bring you together.

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Fuel Up!

Have your kids stick to these guidelines for the week and they’ll pass the “Fuel Up” part of this week’s challenge.

  • Try swapping recipes with a friend to get a new meal idea. Variety is the spice of life.
  • Choose colorful foods from yellow tomatoes to red apples to green melon and beyond to ensure you are getting a variety of nutrients.
  • Greasy potato chips and fries that lack little nutritional value
  • Sugary sports drinks and juices can pack on unnecessary calories
Featured Recipe

Game-Changer Black Bean Burger

Everyone loves a big, juicy burger, but too often they can be greasy and piled high with unhealthy toppings. This Game-Changer Burger is not your ordinary hamburger and perfect for kids. 

1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
½ green bell pepper, cut into small pieces (chopped)
½ onion, small pieces (chopped)
2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 egg
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon hot sauce
½ cup bread crumbs

1. If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.
2. In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
3. In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
4. In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce.
5. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.
6. If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.

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Eating a wide variety of foods is crucial to making sure you get all the vitamins and nutrients your growing body needs. Andrew Luck #12


Why It Matters

Dig Deep!

Encouraging kids to change up the activities they like to do can help them avoid repetitive stress injuries. See what our expert doctor has to say about changing it up.

"It’s important to encourage kids to try different sports or activities so as to reduce risks for repetitive stress injuries. Avoiding the same motion or routine over and over can help prevent injuries from repetitiveness. It is also important to vary diet and meals so that eating healthy does not become a chore but rather fun!"

Dr. Sandeep Gupta

Pediatric Gastroenterology

The Benefits of Changing It Up

  • Helps prevent repetitive stress injuries
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Enhances athletic knowledge and capability
  • Contributes to confidence and self-esteem
  • May increase acceptance through serving a variety of foods and flavors

Highly Skilled Pediatricians

The expert Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health team is here for:

  • Injuries to muscles, joints or bones
  • Motor skills or balance issues
  • Training and rehabilitation
  • Problems with fatigue or vision
  • Dietary counseling and meal planning 
  • Food sensitivities, intolerances, and allergies
  • Liver diseases from excess body weight
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Game Changer Challenge Check-Off

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GREAT JOB! You’ve completed this week’s challenge. We hope you had fun and learned a thing or two. Keep it up. Please make sure to return next week.

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