10 Ways for Families to stay healthy, happy, and engaged together!
Physical activity is important for children an adults! Being active as a family
can benefit everyone. Adults need 2 1/2 hours a week of physical activity and
children need 60 minutes a day.
1. Set specific
activity times: When the whole family is available, make sure you are
doing something active together. After dinner or on the weekend are great
2. Plan ahead and track your progress:
Write activity plans together. Have a family calendar that everyone can add to.
3. Include work around the house: Involve
everyone in yard work!
4. Use what is
available: Plan activities that require little or no equipment.
Walking, jogging, jumping rope, playing tag, and dancing are all free!
5. Build new skills: Enroll the kids in
gymnastics, dance, or tennis. Help them practice their new skills at
6. Plan for all weather conditions:
Choose some activities that do not depend on the weather conditions. You can
walk at the mall, indoor swimming or active video
7.Turn off the TV: Set a rule that no
one can spend longer than 2 hours per day playing games, watching TV or using
8. Start Small: Start by trying
one family activity and then add more.
9. Include other
families: Invite others to join your fun.
Treat the family with fun physical activity: When it is time to
celebrate as a family do something active such as the zoo or