20th October,2017

How to spend more quality time with your family:

Identify free times for activity during the week

Learn how to find time to get the whole family heart healthy.

Make a plan to add physical activity to your daily routine

Be prepared to offer alternative age-appropriate activities to TV or video games after school. Make physical activity a regular part of your family's schedule. Write it on a weekly calendar for the whole family.

Be active with your kids

Experts say that what kids want more than anything else is time with their parents. To give them that, don’t just send them out to play — go play with them! Develop a set of activities for you and your family that are always available regardless of weather. Try these easy tips to get active!

Limit TV, computer, video game time

Don’t position your furniture so the TV is the main focus of the room. Remove televisions from bedrooms. And remember to avoid using TV as a reward or punishment.

Plan TV watching in advance

Go through the TV guide and pick the shows you want to watch. Turn the TV on for those shows and turn it off afterwards. Don’t just watch whatever comes on next.

All of these might sound easy enough; they just take a little thought and a lot of practice. Do what you can as often as you can.

Here are some ideas that your kids can do on their own or the whole family can do together:

  • Family game night
  • Shooting some hoops.
  • Walking the dog
  • Exploring a nearby park
  • Turning on the stereo and dancing around the house
  • Find a great place to play near you using Kaboom
  • Chores that require some physical activity

Remember, you can do it! Be strong, have a plan and don’t back down. Your child’s health is worth fighting for.

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