Jump Rope for Heart Event

Shiloh Elementary School

  

  Tips for Raising Heart-Healthy, Active Children

  • Choose fitness-oriented gifts -- a jump rope, a basketball, mini-trampoline, tennis racket, baseball bat, a youth membership at the local YMCA or YWCA.  Select the gift with your child's skills and interests in mind.
  • Plan family outings and vacations that involve vigorous activities such as hiking, bicycling, skiing, swimming, etc.
  • Give your children some household chores that require physical exertion, keeping in mind their levels of strength, coordination and maturity.  Mowing lawns, raking leaves, scrubbing floors and taking out the garbage not only teach responsibility but can be good exercise.
  • Observe sports and activities your children like, then find out about lessons and clubs. Some children thrive on team sports; others prefer individual activities.  Some activities, like tennis and swimming, can be enjoyed for a lifetime and are much easier to learn during childhood.
  • When your children are bored, suggest something that gets them moving, like playing catch or building a snowman in the yard.
  • Free your infant from mechanical restraints as much as possible. Strollers and playpens are high on convenience but low on activity potential. Try to unleash your diapered dynamo whenever and wherever he or she can safely move around.

Visit www.americanheart.org/healthierkids for more tips on raising heart-healthy, active children.

 

How to Make a Healthy Home

You can help your child develop healthy habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits. As a parent, you can encourage your kids to evaluate their food choice and physical activity habits. Here are some tips and guidelines to get you started.

Top Ways to Help Children Develop Healthy Habits:

1.     Be a good role model - You don’t have to be perfect all the time, but if kids see you trying to eat right and getting physically active, they’ll take notice of your efforts. You’ll send a message that good health is impor¬≠tant to your family.

2.     Get the whole family moving - Plan times for everyone to get moving together. Take walks, ride bikes, go swimming, garden or just play hide-and-seek outside. Everyone will benefit from the exercise and the time together.

3.     Encourage physical activities that they’ll really enjoy - Every child is unique. Let your child experiment with different activities until they find something that they really love doing. They’ll stick with it longer if they love it.

4.     Make dinnertime a family time - When everyone sits down together to eat, there’s less chance of children eating the wrong foods or snacking too much. Get your kids involved in cooking and planning meals. Everyone develops good eating habits together and the quality time with the family will be an added bonus.

5.     Make a game of reading food labels - The whole family will learn what’s good for their health and be more conscious of what they eat. It’s a habit that helps change behavior for a lifetime.

Visit www.americanheart.org/nutrition for additional ideas on making a healthy home.