Do you know that only one in three children are physically active every day?1 The average 8-10 year old in the U.S. spends around eight hours per day in front of a screen?2 And children gain more weight during the summer than during the school year?
Many children do not have a fit lifestyle, but the good news is, fitness is easier to achieve than you may think. It's all about family habits, like being physically active and eating nutritious foods on a daily basis.
Our bodies are designed to move, and they need to move every day. Physical activity has a positive impact on every aspect of life. It reduces feelings of stress and anxiety, increases self-esteem and academic achievement, boosts energy levels, improves sleep, and builds healthy bones, muscles and joints.
With Summer Fit ActivitiesTM, your child is given Daily Exercises-like capture the flag, sky reaches and happy feet-four days of the week. The Daily Exercises are a mix of aerobic, strength, flexibility and sports activities based on grade level and ability. Your child's workbook has instructions for all the exercises, and you can find demonstrations online. On the fifth day of the week your child completes an active play assignment. They get to choose, or create an active game or sport activity to play for 60 minutes.
You do not have to go to the gym or run races to be fit, you just need move. Summer Fit ActivitiesTM get you and your child moving, helping you make daily physical activity a part of your family's lifestyle.
Our bodies need proper fuel, and they need it every day. By nourishing our bodies with good food, we get the energy we need to be physically and mentally active.
Summer Fit includes a Health and Nutrition Index to help children develop healthy eating habits through a variety of nutritional activities, healthy recipes and active lifestyle quizzes and tips.
By doing Summer Fit ActivitiesTM as a family, you create positive experiences with physical activity and nutritious eating, experiences that will help your child become an active, healthy adult.
- 1. Fitness.gov
- 2. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Communications and Media
- 3. Von Hippel, P., Powell, B., Downey, D., & Rowland, N. (2007). â€œThe effect of school on overweight in childhood: Gains in childrenâ€™s body mass index during the school year and during summer vacation.â€ American Journal of Public Health, 97(4), 796â€“802.