Healthy Active Living Tips for Families

posted 9/20/22 -- National Family Day, celebrated on September 26, puts the spotlight on the people who make our lives meaningful.

Families come in many forms and sizes and under different circumstances, but they all share unconditional love and support for those growing on the same family tree. From nuclear family units to extended clans, families can drive us crazy and make life worth living.

Take some time today to appreciate the special folks in your life — give them a call, take them out to lunch, or send them a note to let them know you’re thinking of them!

1. Plan an outing.

Whether it’s a day at the beach, a picnic, or a movie, an outing with your family is a surefire way to enjoy some quality time. Pick an accessible activity everyone can enjoy and share a day of reconnecting.

2. Pick up your phone.

Not to worry if you and your family are not in the same state or country — modern technology makes it easy to connect! Call each other or use a video chatting app to check in with distant relatives.

3. Plan a game day.

Games are a super fun way to bond with family. Whether your family is into board games, puzzles, card games, or sports, a little healthy competition will energize your family time. Plus, the winner has bragging rights — until the next game day.

To help children live healthy active lives, parents can:

  • Be role models themselves by making healthy eating and daily physical activity the norm for their family.
  • Create a home where healthy choices are available and encouraged.

Make it fun for your children by:

  • Playing a game of tag.
  • Cooking healthy meals together.
  • Creating a rainbow shopping list to find colorful fruits and vegetables.
  • Grow a family garden.