Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on how to keep kids healthy and active and was written by me on behalf of Real California Milk. All opinions expressed are mine.
One of my kids’ favorite things to do is eat a snack (usually popcorn or potato chips) while playing on their iPads. “Playing” means using their fingers to build worlds made of blocks or playing games that require thinking ahead and considering the bigger picture. Those are good things; they are using their brains and imaginations to solve problems. But they are also eating potato chips and trying to turn themselves into couch potatoes. Trying to keep kids healthy and active over summer break is a challenge, and I like a good challenge! That’s where Fuel Up to Play 60 comes in.
Fuel Up To Play To Keep Kids Healthy And Active
I’ve told you about Fuel Up To Play 60 and why it’s so important during the school year to keep kids active and eating healthy during the school year. It’s also important over summer break, too! Real California dairy families have continued activation of Fuel Up to Play 60, the campaign created by the NFL and National Dairy Council that promotes physical activity and good nutrition in schools.
The campaign encourages kids to fuel up with nutrient-rich foods: low-fat and fat-free dairy (dairy is a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin D.,) lean meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains AND to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Easier said than done over lazy summer days.
Fueling their bodies with the right nutrition gives them the energy they need to get out their and play with friends and family all year long and the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign gives you everything you need to make it happen!
It’s easy to just let the kids eat junk food and lay around, especially if it’s super hot outside. Staying active over the summer starts with nutrition…a healthy meal doesn’t have to be extravagant or difficult to make.
It can be as easy as Mia’s favorite Tropical Fruity Yogurt, perfect for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack…
….or a quick and easy dinner like these yummy un-stuffed bell peppers with ooey, gooey cheese.
Don’t forget, helping your kids succeed both in the classroom and throughout their lives starts with YOU being a role model. Look for ways to encourage healthy eating all summer long. Ask the kids to find a new recipe they’d like to try for dinner. Get the kids to help you in the kitchen. Visit a farmer’s market and let them pick out fresh produce. Get outside and help them get physical activity this summer…it doesn’t have to be “exercise”…have a water balloon fight or races in the pool. Keep nutrition and physical activity top priorities over summer break and see the difference when school starts in the fall.
Visit Fuel Up To Play 60‘s website for information and to get your kids and local school involved.
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How do you keep kids healthy and active over summer break and year round?