At Get Movin', we are committed to helping you fight the childhood obesity epidemic through fun and active fundraisers during the school year. Once summer hits, it can be harder to keep kids eating right and getting in the recommended 60 minutes of activity each day.
With the right attitude and some tried and trued tips, you can make this summer a healthy one for your whole family.
#1 Empower Through Education
Explain to your child that eating his greens and exercising daily is the kind of behavior that will make his body, mind and mood happier. We often take it for granted that kids don’t already know that some foods are bad and others are good, or the reason behind the labels of “good” and “bad.”
Sometimes a simple, positive explanation can go a long way in empowering kids to make those healthy decisions for themselves.
Check out Nourish Interactive for fun printouts on healthy food and habits to go over with your children or students.
#2 Get Kids Into the Kitchen
Work with your kids or young family members to come up with healthy meal ideas together, and then get those kids in the kitchen! This makes healthy mealtime exciting and something to bond over. By keeping kids separated from the process of buying, preparing or serving food, we make them more susceptible to the temptations of fast food and prepackaged snacks.
Equipping your child with a respect for making food and an excitement over being in control of what they put on their plate is a positive way of instilling lasting change. Want some inspiration? Check out our fun recipes for little chefs!
#3 Make Exercise an Experience
Take a Fun Run for example: kids are encouraged to run, walk and dance down the track with their friends to fun music, wearing bright colors and being supported by teachers and family. That’s exercise that a kid can get used to and an experience that they will remember and want to repeat.
You can repeat this experience at home by turning exercise into a fun game, neighborhood event, family experience, or healthy competition! You could also try a new sport or activity as a family, such as stand up paddle boarding, a beachside yoga class, or a hike at a location you've never been to before.
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