Discover Some Easy Ways to Help Kids Stay Happy and Healthy This Summer
According to the American Heart Association, about 50 percent of U.S. adults and 65 percent of adolescents do not currently get the recommended amounts of daily physical activity. For better health, adults need 150 minutes a week and kids need 60 minutes of active play a day. Turn exercise into play and you’ll be surprised how quickly the minutes add up! Play your way to a better day by riding bikes in the park with your kids or dancing in the kitchen while you wait for the water to boil.
Check out this colorful handout to “Take a Healthy Summer Break!”
Some of the easy ways to help kids stay happy and healthy this summer include:
Move More: Get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Try dancing, biking, walking, jumping rope, and active games like tag.
Choose Water: Give thirsty kids a healthier choice. Plain water has no added sugar!
Sit Less: Limit TV, computers, tablets, and video games to no more than 1-2 hours a day as another step towards good health.
Eat Smart to Play Hard: Want kids to reach for healthier snacks? Offer fruits and vegetables at snack time!
On CaChampionsforChange.net you can read about families that are finding ways to be better every day, including eating healthier, getting active and drinking water instead of sugary drinks. They have tons of creative ideas, helpful resources and delicious recipes to support you and your family on the path to better health.
For CalFresh information, call 1-877-847-3663. For local information, you can visit the local CalFresh offices at Inyo County Health & Human Services, 920 N. Main St., Bishop or 380 N. Mt. Whitney, Lone Pine or call 760-872-1394. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The Champions for Change Be Better Campaign was created and produced for the California Department of Public Health, Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch with funding provided by USDA SNAP-Ed, known in California as CalFresh. Since 1997, Champions for Change has focused on improving health among low-income Californians who are at greater risk of obesity and other serious health problems.