February 2015 Fun Family Fitness
& Nutrition News
Health Council Resources
It’s National Heart Health Month and a great
time to get your heart rate moving!!
“The American Heart Associationrecommends that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes ofmoderate to vigorous physical activity every day.” The great news is exercisecomes in many forms and can be a lot of fun! With a little creativity you caneasily add some fun physical activity into your parenting style.
- Lead the way You need to set a good example. Kids, especially younger children, naturally follow their parents. So look after your own health and make physical activity important everyday. Try walking to school with your kids!
- Do it together In today’s overscheduled world, make sure you are spending quality time with your children. Be active together. Since kids can’t be alone roaming the neighborhood, parents need to play with them.
- Make it fun Put on music and dance. Play tag. Roller blade. Basically just play. Provide them with toys and equipment that encourage them to move and have fun. Bikes, scooters, hockey sticks and soccer balls will get your kids moving. For preschool children, toys like pedal cars, big wheels and tricycles are great!
- Cheer them on Create positive reinforcements with encouragement and support. Help them find sports and physical activities that build their self-esteem. Let them know you are their biggest fan whether they win or lose.
- Turn it off Limit the time kids watch TV and play video games. But make sure you do it in a positive way. If they are angry that you just turned off their favorite show, they might not be too excited about going out jogging with you. Allow screen time during designated hours, preferably after homework is done and when physical activity is finished, like in the evening or on Saturday morning when tired parents need extra sleep.