Warmer weather can provide everything you and
your family need to be healthier
more fresh produce
more rest time
Some experts have become concerned that
children in America are gaining weight over summer
Nutrition and fitness
tips to help kids stay
Focus on Physical Activity
Focus on physical activity when
Aerobic 3 60
This includes time
games, and sitting
at the computer.
Limit it to 2
Help your children set goals for what they would like to
achieve over summer break
Have them write a list of things that they enjoy doing, so that
they always can refer to it for ideas when they get bored
Many children end up eating more out of boredom during the
Help your children pick healthy choices at
Many books are available that detail nutrition
information for various restaurants.
Many restaurants list this information on their
•Help children fill their plate once at cookouts
and other food-centered functions.
•Discourage them from getting another
helping unless 20 minutes have passed and
then only if they still are physically hungry.
Set up an indoor exercise area for days when
it is just too hot or rainy to play outside.
Ask your children for input on what they want
to include in the area—hand weights, a Wii™,
a jump rope, etc.
If your children are old
enough to help themselves to
food and snacks, it is best
not to keep unhealthy foods
in the house.
It is better to go out and treat
your children to ice cream
every once in a while, rather
than keeping a large tub of
ice cream in the freezer.
Meals & Snacks
•Children do need to eat more often than
once every 4 hours, but they do not need a
snack for a short car trip or a jaunt around
•Food should never become a way of
controlling children’s behavior, such as using
a cookie to reward or encourage good
behavior when shopping.