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Being An Active Family

Play-M0211aitlandHealthy kids are active kids, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is important for them to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.  But many times children don’t get that much physical activity at school leaving it up to parents to make sure they are active at home.  So, how do families become more active?  Healthy Kids Today had compiled three simple tips for how you can become a more active family.

Identify different types of fun physical activities

  • Try a variety of activities.  Every family is different.  Sit down with family members and make a list of activities you think might be fun for everyone.  This could include anything from jump rope, and dancing to gardening or even kick ball.

Lead by example

  • As a parent, it is important to model the behavior that you want to see your children exhibit.  After you identify the fun activities, take charge and make sure to schedule time to do them.  Also, incorporate being active into everyday life.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator or bike to your destination instead of driving.

Limit screen time

  • Determine an appropriate amount of screen time for your family.  Once you establish what works for you and your children, limit screen time to that amount.  Screen time includes watching TV, being on the computer, playing video games and mobile devices, such as tablets and phones.

Added together, these simple changes can make a big difference in family life and health.  Although it might be hard to fit 60 consecutive minutes of physical activity into the day, remember it is OK to tackle the goal in pieces.  If you can only get in a 30-minute walk after school, follow that up later in the day with another 30 minutes of activity.  It is up to parents to ensure their families are staying active.  Comment below and tells us how you plan to make your family more active.

 

 

 

 

Get The Entire Family Active

B&GClub0026Getting enough physical activity into your child’s day is critical for their development as a healthy individual.  Studies show that those who feel supported by friends and family to be active, or surrounded by others interested in physical activity, are more likely to be active themselves.  This is where you as parents can step in.  There are many ways, as parents, that you can encourage physical activity.  Children need at least 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day.  It doesn’t have to be all at once, you can space it out over the day.  We have listed a few activities and steps that you and your family can take to be more active.

 

  1. Give children toys that encourage physical activity such as balls, kites and jump ropes.
  2. Encourage children to join a sports team or try a new physical activity.
  3. Limit TV time and keep TV out of a child’s bedroom.
  4. Walk to and from school a few times a week.
  5. Encourage your children to take the stairs instead of the elevator and take them yourselves – leading by example is always best.
  6. After meal times, take a walk around the block.
  7. Make family time active fun time.  Go for a family bike ride, swim, walk or play a sport together.
  8. Work with your schools to increase physical activity.  Write letters to your principal, school board and super intendant about the need for incorporating more physical activity into the school day.