By: Avera McKennan Fitness Center
May is National Family Wellness Month. The mission of this month is to emphasize the importance of healthy habits for families across the nation. Here are four great ideas to celebrate National Family Wellness Month:
Introduce New Foods during Dinner Time
Take small steps to incorporate healthier foods into your family’s diet. Examples are buying more fruits and veggies for snacks, switching to non-fat milk, or substituting ground beef for turkey. Finding healthy and tasty alternatives to your favorite meals will fuel your family toward a lifestyle of health.
Family Game Night
Bring out the board games and cards for a great night of family fun. This will encourage everyone to spend quality time together while using critical thinking skills. You can also take the fun outdoors with a game of basketball, tennis, soccer and a variety of outdoor activities that provide exercise and fun.
Explore Your Neighborhood
Limit screen time (television, phones, video games, etc.) and get some fresh air by exploring your neighborhood. Visit the park for a picnic or your local library/recreation center for community activities. You can take pictures of your explorations and create a fun memory book or video.
Make Exercise Fun
Fitness is fun with friends and family. Add variety to your workout routines by trying family-friendly group exercise classes. Participate in walks/runs for a major cause or charities. Family walks after dinner can also be fun and a great way to exercise.
Try these tips during Family Wellness Month and start habits that can keep your family happy and healthy.
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