With summer in full swing, it’s important to make sure young children are staying active and eating healthy, especially since so many families lose the structure of school and daycare this time of year.
Promoting nutrition and physical activity for young children is a key component of The Heart Network’s Creating Health Schools & Communities program. Together with our provider partners across Franklin County, we’re promoting adoption of policies that prioritize the health of the youngest segment of our population.
As summer rolls along, here are some tips from the National Summer Learning Association for how to incorporate physical activity and healthy eating into your child’s daily routine:
- Coordinate neighborhood activities with other families — bike rides, nature walks, sports games, scavenger hunts or other group activities.
- Make time to be active with your child.
- Limit screen time.
- Give kids toys that encourage active play.
- Keep healthy snacks around the house.
- Enroll in — and support — local summer programming for kids.
These are just a few suggestions. Our partners across the region can provide more resources for families looking to prioritize physical activity and nutrition this summer. To learn more about CHSC and our partnership with the Childcare Coordinating Council of the North Country, get in touch by calling (518) 891-5855 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.