Fighting Childhood Obesity During the Summer

Kids should be getting 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Once summer approaches, you may worry about keeping them occupied enough. Don’t let your child waste their summer staring at a screen or a video game. Instead, encourage balance by implementing designated time outdoors and preparing healthy meals and snacks. Continue reading for more tips.

Consider Signing Up for Day Camp

Check your local athletic clubs and parks for potential day camps for your child to attend. Camps are a great way to keep your child social and active throughout the summer. It also serves as a time when you can get more things done!

Keep Your Family Hydrated

It’s more important than ever to stay hydrated when it’s hot outside. Encourage lots of water consumption for family members and have fun experimenting with fresh fruit infused water. Find infused water recipes to try.

Go on Walks Together

Walking after a meal not only burns calories, but it also aids in healthy digestion. Combine those perks with enjoying quality time with your family and you have a winning recipe.

Cook Light

There are so many yummy food options during the summer that are both healthy and delicious. Fire up the grill for kabobs, grilled veggies and lean meats. Try new salad combinations with fruits and veggies. You can also make fun trips to your local farmer’s market or produce stand with your kids. Let them help you meal plan and get creative in the kitchen.

Hit the Pool

Swimming is a great aerobic exercise and going to the pool is the perfect way for kids to have fun while also staying active. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Here’s to wishing you and your family a fun and active summer. If obesity is ever a concern, rest assured that your pediatric provider can refer you to a registered dietitian for help.