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Look Before You Lock - Keeping Kids Safe in Hot Cars


Yay for warmer temperatures, but here's something to always keep in mind: even a cool spring or fall day isn’t safe for leaving a child inside a car. 

In 2016, Texas led the nation in the number of hot car infant deaths. 

This alarming trend has gone surprisingly unabated. Since 1990, over 600 children have died from overheating in a car. Yet it took Congress until June 2017 to introduce the Hot Cars Act that would require all cars to have back seat child detection technology. 

Until the bill is passed, the best we can do is to educate ourselves so our children don’t become one of the statistics. Here are some things to keep in mind as the temperature climbs toward the sweltering heat of summer.
By Birgit Sund on May 7, 2020

Stay Active with FREE Sportball Zoom Classes

Sportball's free Zoom Classes
Obviously, this is a difficult time for everybody and many local businesses are getting hit extremely hard. We therefore want to use our little platform and help in any way we can.

We asked local businesses to let us know of any products, services, or activities they're currently offering, that can help Austin families keep their kids busy and make this time as enjoyable as possible for their kids and their whole family. In the coming days, we will be introducing those offers on our blog. Sign up for our newsletter, so you don't miss any of these awesome deals.

Read about Sportball's free Zoom Classes.
By Birgit Sund on March 30, 2020

Apfelsaftschorle - A Healthier Alternative To Sugary Drinks


So, it’s September, which means it’s Childhood Obesity Month.

One contributing factor to childhood obesity are sugary beverages, such as soda, fruit punch, lemonade and other “ades,” sweetened powdered drinks, and sports and energy drinks. The average can of sugar-sweetened soda or fruit punch provides about 150 calories, almost all of them from sugar, usually high-fructose corn syrup. That’s the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of table sugar.

So, while not 100% sugarless, but whit a whole lot less sugar, this refreshing drink consumed in Germany throughout the year by young and could be an alternative to all of the above.
By Birgit Sund on September 13, 2018

166,050 Children in Central Texas Are Affected By Food Insecurity

Central Texas is among the fastest growing regions in the nation. While it means growth and prosperity for some, due to the rising cost of housing, utilities, transportation, and healthcare, many of our neighbors are left behind. Many of those neighbors are children.

More than

  • 166,050 children in Central Texas
  • 61,250 children in Travis County
  • 27,160 children in Williamson County
  • 8,990 children in Hays County
  • 4,790 children in Bastrop County
  • 2,360 children in Caldwell County

are affected by hunger and food insecurity. Let's change this.

By Birgit Sund on November 28, 2016

Austin Best At Getting Kids Moving At School And Home

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get 60 minutes of physical activity a day, yet most children typically get less than 20 minutes. The growing prevalence of technology and screen time has contributed to children leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and yet research proves that movement is essential for kids’ healthy development. How to get your kids moving? It's easier than you think.
By Birgit Sund on June 19, 2016