Healthy Habits

Family Health and Fitness Activities

Family bike ride

Creating a healthy lifestyle at home can be both fun and rewarding for the whole family. Engaging in activities that promote well-being not only fosters better habits but also strengthens family bonds. This month, challenge yourself and your loved ones to complete at least four of these enjoyable and beneficial activities. From meal planning together to exploring the outdoors, these suggestions will help encourage a healthier, happier home environment.

  • Meal plan and cook together as a family. Assign children days of the week where they get to choose the meal and help at an age-appropriate level. Explore recipes and ideas for cooking with children at https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/packages/recipes-for-kids/cooking-with-kids.
  • Try a new fruit or vegetable together. Have children pick out a new fruit or vegetable in the grocery store each week. Plan together how to prepare it in a healthy way.
  • Plan an outdoor activity for your family. Whether it be a walk, bike ride, hike, or trip to a nearby park, spend time outdoors doing something active with your family. Ask children for their input or plan a fun surprise that includes spending time in nature.
  • Take technology breaks.
  • Encourage hydration. Are you up for some friendly competition? Keep track of water consumption and try to beat yourself or others throughout the week.
  • Practice good sleep hygiene by creating a nighttime routine for yourself and your children.
  • Build an obstacle course in your backyard. With a little creativity, your family can use objects you already have around the house to build your very own obstacle course in the backyard. You may even want to invite your neighbors to take part, hold the obstacle course competition a few times a year, and keep a record of the local champions and records to make it fun and motivating.
  • Plant a garden and let children choose one or two things to plant and care for throughout the season.
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