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Keep Kids Active and Healthy During the Summer

National Summer Learning Association

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Keeping children healthy and active during the summertime can be difficult. Without the structure and resources that the school year offers, children are at greater risk for weight gain and developing unhealthy eating habits.

National Summer Learning Association recognizes this issue and has compiled a Keep Kids Healthy and Active Flyer with tips to get kids moving and staying healthy in the summer.

Tips to keep kids healthy include:

  • Encourage your child to get outside and play
    • Take a nature walk
    • Ride a bike
    • Join in on a neighborhood basketball or soccer game
  • Be active with your child
    • Play outside together
    • Go on a walk together
    • Create a scavenger hunt
  • Keep healthy snacks in your home
    • Freeze some grapes or place a popsicle stick in the middle of a yogurt cup to make a sweet treat
    • Fill half your child’s plate with fruits and vegetables daily
  • Turn off the tv and computer
    • Encourage your kids to turn off the gadgets
  • Give kids toys that require being active
    • Play outdoor games that the family can play together
  • Look for a local summer program that promotes physical activity and healthy eating
    • Ask about the activities your child will be involved in and the type of food that will be given.
  • Find a summer food site near you
    • Many programs, libraries, and other locations provide federally funded summer meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program
  • Utilize local pools and recreation centers near you
    • Many communities have free or low-cost facilities for youth
  • Make healthy food with your child
    • Bake or cook together
    • Bring your child grocery shopping and discuss the healthy food options