Nurturing the Body
Supporting and empowering kids to find physical activities that interest them and get them moving is good for more than just keeping them active—it lays the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle throughout the rest of their lives. Nurturing physical health includes understanding physical development, understanding the importance of nutrition, and encouraging your child to try different types of physical activity.
Understanding Physical Development
Every child is unique and grows at his or her own pace, but the more we know about what to expect as our children grow and develop, the more we can do to be better parents. Click on the links below to learn more about physical development in different ages and stages.
The Importance of Nutrition
The news is filled with stories about kids not getting enough exercise, eating too much junk food, and not getting enough sleep, and research has linked kids’ medical problems—obesity, diabetes, and heart disease— to poor health habits. It’s true: Poor nutrition and lack of exercise are jeopardizing our young children’s abilities to do well in school and to stay in good health.
Creating healthy habits within your family can be a daunting task. Where do you start? Fortunately, by beginning with small steps, you can become a healthy family over time.
- Make it a point to have one healthy meal together each day.
- Start going for a walk every day when you get home from work or after dinner.
- Strive to get eight hours of sleep every night.
- Focus on the small, doable things, and you’ll be on your way to having a healthy family.
Encouraging Physical Activity
For kids to be healthy, both now and in the future, they need to develop good exercise habits and get involved in physical activities. Supporting and empowering kids to find physical activities that interest them and get them moving is good for more than just keeping them active—it lays the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle throughout the rest of their lives.
Looking for ways to get active as a family?