Family Health and Fitness Day
Sometimes it can feel like trying to get kids to be active and eat their veggies almost isn’t worth the fight. However, with children in the U.S. averaging a whopping seven and a half hours of screen-time daily, it’s more important now than ever to get them off the couch and encourage healthy habits. Family Health and Fitness Day, on September 28th, is the perfect opportunity to get the whole family together and get moving!
In 1996, the Health and Information Resource Center founded the Family Health and Fitness Day, in efforts to make physical activity fun for all ages and bring families together. For the past 23 years, on the last Saturday of September, families have been celebrating the day spending time together by being active.
Obesity in America
Family Health and Fitness Day is the perfect opportunity to reflect on your family’s food and exercise habits and set new goals to reboot your health journey. According to the CDC, approximately 13.7 million children and 93.3 million adults in the U.S. suffer from obesity. While an additional 36.3 percent of Americans 18 years and older are classified as overweight. Along with the financial burden, obesity brings the risk of developing serious health issues such as; heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallstones, stroke, osteoarthritis, asthma, and much more. Taking steps to make physical activity enjoyable is a great way to get your body into a healthy routine while having fun doing it.
Being More Active
By creating an at-home environment where physical activity is a fun thing, children can form positive life-long mentalities. Putting down the screens and getting off the couch can instantly lift your mood and bring families together in a fresh, new way. Sometimes, the simplest quality time spent together can leave children with the best memories.
Here are some things that can be fun for the whole family and promote an active lifestyle:
- Go to the park
- Take a long walk
- Go for a hike
- Take a bike ride
- Go swimming
- Play a game of kickball
- Get a team together for touch football
- Play tag
- Create an obstacle course
- Make a relay race
- Check your local events calendar for Family Health and Fitness Day events near you
Tips for a Successful Family Health and Fitness Day
#1 Start the day on a positive note
Every good routine needs a solid foundation if it’s going to last, so start with a balanced breakfast to set the right tone for the rest of your day. As you sit down for breakfast, spend some family time discussing the different activities everyone has in mind for the day.
#2 Keep everyone interested
When brainstorming activities to do as a family, consider the different interests each family member has. Try to compromise on a plan that appeals to everyone, so each person feels included. An activity like a neighborhood bike ride keeps kids moving, while the changing scenery keeps them engaged.
#3 Keep it light
Nothing can ruin a game faster than an argument about the score. Try to keep competition to a minimum and reinforce that this day is about enjoying your time together. Avoiding keeping score or rewarding a winner helps to keep the focus purely on having fun.
Want to do more to promote Family Health & Fitness Day in your community? Download the outreach toolkit here.
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