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Benefits of Walking to School
First and foremost- if your children are walking to school, the route must be safe. If you have identified a safe route with them, great- now you can learn a bit about why having them walk to school is good for them!
- It's healthy! Walking to school not only gets your kids moving in the morning, it allows you as their parent to squeeze in a few steps.
- A morning walk outside can help "wake up" the mind and body preparing everyone for a productive day.
- It bolsters a sense of community. You may see a few neighbors out walking that you wouldn't run into if you were driving or having your kids take the bus.
- There are plenty of teachable moments- from pedestrian safety, to identifying what type of tree is in a neighbors yard.
- It saves gas!
- It provides some quality time with your children.
Tackling Childhood Obesity Together
Simple changes can make an impact. When it comes to nutrition, swap out sugary beverages for water. If you find that your little ones struggle with drinking their water, infuse it with fruit for added flavor. Be mindful of portion sizes and second helpings. And when it comes to snacking, try offering healthier options such as whole fruit, cheese sticks, whole wheat crackers, and veggies and healthy dips. Plan ahead. With our busy schedules it can be hard to resist the ease of going to a drive-thru, but by planning your week you can identify where you have to pack a snack or meal. Keep in mind that if you have less temptation in your fridge and pantry, it makes it easier to make healthier choices.
Physical activity is important. Try to get your kids moving every day. The AAP recommends that children and adolescents engage in 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Consider enrolling them in an organized sport or having them tag along on an outdoor walk before dinner. It doesn't need to be complicated to work, it just has to happen. And when it comes screen time such as TV, tablets, video games, and more; recommendations vary. There can be some benefits, including education, so it's important to establish media and screen time guidelines within your home.A good, healthy rule is to limit 2 hours of screen use for entertainment.