In addition to National Mediterranean Diet month, May is also National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Surely you’ve heard the obesity statistics, but just to refresh your memory, in the past 30 years childhood obesity has doubled among 2-5 year olds and tripled among 6-11 year olds. Not only are children not eating healthfully, they are also not living an active lifestyle.
To help out on the activity front, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has implemented a science-based national education program called We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition). The program helps children ages 8-13 stay at a healthy weight and they offer materials to help caregivers and families encourage children to become more active.
Although the end of May is almost here, it’s not too late to celebrate physical activity. Here are some tips to get your family moving:
- Take a family walk after dinner.
- Have a dance party with your kids.
- Park farther away from the entrance of a store.
- Take the stairs instead of the escalator and race your kids to the top!
- Acknowledge family efforts with non-food related activities like a day at the zoo or park.
Check out the We Can! website for many more tips!
What does your family do to stay physically active?
Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote the We Can! program or the NIH. All opinions are my own.
Photo Credit: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute