Keep Your Kids Healthy this Summer

June 13th, 2017 by Live Well Omaha Kids

School is out and summer is full speed ahead! Live Well Omaha Kids wishes each of you a healthy, active summer break. Our friends at Boys Town shared with us ways for families to make the most of their kids’ free time. These tips align well the 5-4-3-2-1 Go Healthy Kids Countdown message of moving more and eating well!

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It used to be that summertime was when kids became healthy almost by default. Spending the days bicycling with friends or swimming at the pool helped shed winter pounds and kept young bodies lean and toned. Unfortunately, these days, the lure of video games and social media threatens to keep children indoors and inactive over the summer months.

Encourage Healthy Eating

One thing you can do to help keep your children healthy this summer is to have them help with meal planning and preparation. In fact, that’s one of the suggestions in our “Breeze Through Summer Agreement,” which you can customize, download and print.

Engaging your children in meal planning and preparation has several benefits. First, it teaches them a skill they will use for the rest of their lives. It also means that by preparing food from scratch using healthy raw ingredients, they’ll eat healthily — at least more so than if they resort to processed junk foods and convenience-store sandwiches. A third benefit is that once your children become adept at this activity, they can become a real help in the kitchen — and who wouldn’t want that?

In the end, meal preparation can be more than just a mundane activity; it can actually become a fun family tradition that brings everyone closer together.

Get off the Couch

Keeping children active can be challenging during the summer months. The siren call of video games and social apps can keep young ones — especially teens — rooted to the family room couch as they chat and game away the daylight hours.

We’ve put together a list of fun summertime activities to help combat this potentially unhealthy rut. You can customize your own list and print it here.

Whether your children are heading for the municipal pool, walking around a museum or simply setting up a tent for some summertime backyard camping, they’ll be exercising their minds as they exercise their bodies.

The key to all of this, of course, is to make it fun. Summer is a respite from school. As such, it is, as it should be, inextricably linked with fun and freedom. By making positive activities fun, you’ll likely find that your young ones will stay more active and engaged this summer than they would have been otherwise.

We’ve given you the suggestions; the rest is up to you. So, what’ll it be first? Writing and performing a one-act play? Family game night? A make-your-own-vegetable pizza dinner? It flies by, so make the best of it!

 

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2 Comments on “Keep Your Kids Healthy this Summer”

  1. 1 Cassidy said at 2:28 pm on June 26th, 2017:

    Loved this post. It’s true that quality nutrition plays a critical role in children’s lives because they’re constantly growing until the end of adolescence. Nutrition needs to always be on our minds. Great read!

  2. 2 Jenny said at 6:50 am on July 18th, 2017:

    Great article!


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