An Apple a Day


Let’s Keep Our Kids Healthy 

April 23, 2018


Every Healthy Kid Week (April 23-27) is the perfect time to discuss how we can help our children lead healthier lives

In the United States, one in three children is considered overweight or obese. If we don’t turn this around, our kids will be the first generation to have shorter lifespans than their parents. This health week gives us all the opportunity to focus on promoting healthy lifestyle choices and lifelong positive habits with our children.

There are a lot of ways we can instill healthy behaviors into the habits of our kids. Set aside time one day a week devoted to doing fun physical activities to get the kids off the couch and outside. A family walk or a game of basketball can help everyone exercise and spend quality time together.

Take the time to cook a healthy meal with your kids to show them healthy foods can taste good. Maybe even let the kids put on a cooking show for the family. Hold a taste test event to let kids try healthy foods in a fun format. Let your kids plant a garden with herbs and fresh veggies.

If kids see healthy choices as fun options, they’ll make them their own. That’s why it’s so critical to make good choices part of the school day as well. Get involved with events your child’s school has or even start some of your own, such as planting a community garden, helping offer healthy lunches, or planning physical activities for the kids.

Visit the Every Healthy Kid website for more resources and to learn more about ways to get involved.

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