Tips, Tools and Activities
Happy Physical Fitness and Sports Month! This month, ensure your family stays active throughout the rest of spring and into the summer months by taking advantage of local resources. Take a few minutes to look at day and overnight camps, and activities offered by your local YMCA. Then expand your search to include local outdoor park programs. Ys across the nation offer numerous programs and camps that can keep your family busy and active throughout the summer!
How do you prepare for sleep in the evenings? What are some of your children's "time for bed" activities? As a family, discuss your routines and the importance of this schedule to sleeping well. By creating a pattern of actions that are completed before bed, your body will begin to adapt to the process. This will allow you to become more relaxed. The habit will help prepare the body every night to go to sleep, sleep well, and have less tossing and turning.
An example routine may include:
6:15 - Shower/Bath
6:30 - Put on pajamas
6:35 - Brush teeth/ use bathroom
6:40 - Read together
6:55 - Lay in bed, close your eyes
7:00 - Fall asleep
Play Every Day
Since May is Physical Fitness and Sports Month, use this month to incorporate physical activity routines for your family. Plan for a bike ride, family walk after a meal, roller skating, or walking as a mode of transportation this month. Aim to keep each other active by doing the physical exercise together. Identify bike paths, trails, and walking routes in your community and visit them this month. Plan for daily activity as a family. Be creative with the time of day (e.g., morning, lunch, evening) and the location (e.g., home, outside, school playground), and enjoy being active as a family.
Q: We find a lot of nutrition advice in magazines and other media resources. Is this reliable?
A: A couple of quick tips related to reliable nutrition sources include consulting websites that end in .gov or .org and looking for authors who are either a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). These credentials indicate an extensive nutrition education and training background, which makes for a healthy source for nutrition information.