Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 14:39

Fall Into Health! 

Fall is a great time to re-focus on healthy routines -- everything from bedtime schedules, healthy eating, and encouraging children and adults to stay active. In fact, Septemeber is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  Healthy Living should be a goal for us ALL regardless of age. Check out these tips and resources to help guide your family to a Healthy Fall 2018! 

  • The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga offers a new program called Healthy Weight and Your Child. The program is an evidence-based program for children with obesity. Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved and committed to adopting healthier habits. For this reason, the program is designed so that parent/caregiver attendance is required at every session. HWYC is open to both YMCA members and non-members.  Learn more about this program.  Family information session coming up Sept. 18 & 28 and the program officially starts on Sept. 25. 
  • Ways parents can help support healthy growth in children
  • Play Every Day/Go Outside: Children should have at least an hour a day of unstructured play outside (when possible) and break a sweat at least three times a week by getting 20 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity. Join your children in games that get your hearts pumping and bodies moving. Check out Fall Youth Sports opportunities at the Y! 
  • Check out a variety of Healthy Living Programs at the YMCA or take advantage of our robust Group Exericse program. 
  • Aim to serve more fruits and vegetables for the entire family! 
  • Drink more water. 
  • Get Together: Eat as a family as frequently as possible. Involve kids in meal planning, preparation and clean up. In addition, adults should take a break from electronics and spend one-to-one time each day with their kids, enjoying one another’s company.
  • Reduce Recreational Screen Time: Time spent in front of a television, computer, tablet, cell phone or video games should be limited to two hours or less per day. Make a family plan to reduce screen time at home (i.e. turn off screens during meals, charge electronics/screens in the kitchen overnight, go for a walk after a meal, set a timer to remind you to power down the screen).
  • Sleep Well: Kids and adults need to keep a regular sleep schedule; unwind together in the evenings by reading a book or listening to soft music to ensure the body is preparing for sleep. Kids are growing and need 10-12 hours of healthy sleep per night and seven to eight hours for adults.
  • Get creative in the kitchen and experiment with these easy and healthy recipes for your family.