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Encouraging Kids to Keep Active

Aleks NearingHi, I’m Aleks Nearing author of Busy Working Mama and member of Parents on Produce at Produce for Kids. On today’s episode of “Sid the Science Kid,” Sid was amazed to learn about his skeleton (and why he can’t scratch behind his ear with his foot like his dog, Filbert!). If you missed it, you can catch the episode, “How Did My Dog Do That?

Family at a parkKeeping our bodies healthy is about more than just food and nutrition—we need to make sure we’re helping our kids develop good habits to build strong muscles, bones and cardiovascular systems. Here are some easy ideas to try out this weekend to help your child build healthy habits and a healthy body.

1. Make it easy by building on what your child already likes to do.

  • Is he a nature lover? If so, take a walk in your local park and get exercise while you explore nature together.
  • Is she a jungle-gym fan? Then skip the mall and visit a favorite playground. Encourage her to try new equipment or create her own obstacle course.
  • Is he a music lover? Try out playing different songs and inventing new dances together.
  • Make an effort to continue to introduce your children to new activities so you learn more about what kinds of physical activities they like.

2. Make a game out of cleaning up or doing chores. If you’re like me, you’ have plenty of chores to do this weekend, so try singing songs while you work or see who can complete their part of the chore first!

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