Children’s Fitness Shouldn’t Take a Summer Break

family walkIt is important to keep children’s brains active in the summer, but it’s just as important to do the same for bodies. Physical fitness is important all year long.

Health experts say there are many things parents can do to help their children stay fit, including planning active family vacations with events such as hiking, kayaking and snorkeling; teaching kids to garden; going swimming or taking family walks.

Locally, families have access to a variety of walking groups suitable for all members of the family and all levels of fitness. There is no charge to join any of the groups.

In Eatonville, walkers can join up for a “Walk and Talk with the Mayor” at 7 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Hungerford Prep Cafeteria at 100 E. Kennedy Blvd.

In Maitland, there is a weekly walk beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Maitland Public Library at 501 S. Maitland Avenue.

Winter Park has three walking group options, walkers can:

  • Meet at the Winter Park Public Library at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays at 460 E. New England Avenue
  • “Walk with a Doc” at 6 p.m. Thursdays beginning at the Crosby YMCA Wellness Center at 2005 Mizell Avenue, and
  • Meet at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce to walk at 8 a.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Fridays at 151 W. Lyman Ave.

You can find a wide assortment of other family-friendly activities by going to the website Find Active Fun, www.findactivefun.org, a resource sponsored by Healthy Central Florida (HCF).  (HCF is a community-based to help local communities embrace health and wellness. See www.healthycentralflorida.org for more information.)

Happy hunting!