September Is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Eat Well, Play More
The Whatcom Family YMCA is dedicated to helping individuals and families improve their health. To recognize September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we are offering the following tips to help families incorporate healthy eating and regular physical activity into their lives.
We hope families can use these tips to eat better and play more together!
Plan to play for an hour a day.
- Moving is one of the keys to a healthy body and it is fun to do it as a family. Playing together as a family can be as easy as taking a walk around the neighborhood to school or church, or working around the house or yard.
- For days when you have extra time plan a trip to your local Y to swim or play hoops.
- To get 60 minutes of moderate exercise each day just add 10 or 15 minutes here and there throughout the day. It all adds up.
- Change up your pace several times during the week by walking faster or doing more vigorous activities.
- Don’t be concerned if you feel extra tired at first. As you do this more often it will become easier.
- Making a plan and keeping tabs on how you are doing helps to keep you on track. Put the plan somewhere where you see it often so you remember to take time to play each day.
- Try not to overdo it and if it stops feeling good it is ok to take a break.
Choose to eat healthy
Pick your Drinks with Care.
- An easy way to reduce intake of extra calories is to explore the way you hydrate. Soda and other drinks are often loaded with sugar.
- Replacing those drinks with water, 100% juice and low fat milk are healthier options and can often be less expensive.
Aim for 5 a day.
- Including fruits and vegetables as part of every meal is good for your family’s health. The vitamins, fiber and minerals that these colorful foods provide are important to grow strong, energetic bodies and help us fight illnesses.
- Strive for 5 servings daily by adding a piece of fruit with breakfast and lunch, and serving several vegetables with dinner.
- Plan ahead and have cut up fruit or veggies in the refrigerator for a quick ready to eat snack.