At the Y, we are for healthy living. We believe that it begins at home. The relationship between adult and child can be the primary source of health in a young person's life and a powerful motivator for adults to build health into their own lives.
Eat Healthy l Play Every Day l Get Together l Go Outside l Sleep Well
Choose to Eat Healthy.
Small steps lead to big changes. With a balanced approach, even the busiest of families can discover ways to eat healthier and feel better.
Choose your Drinks with Care.
Cut out drinks with added sugar and try adding more water, 100% fruit juice or low-fat milk to your family's diet.
Aim for Five a Day.
Everyone needs vitamins, fiber and minerals that these colorful foods provide in order to grow and stay strong, energetic and free from illness. Stay healthy by reach for five servings every day. Get your Quick Start Kit here.
Control Your Portions l Check the label l Family Fitness Fest
Great Ways to Play Every Day.
Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. Put more play into your family's day, and you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.
Families at Play for an Hour a Day.
There are many options to choose from: walking, gardening, vacuuming, swimming with the kids, going for a hike, shooting some hoops, or even taking your favorite pet for a walk.
Turn it up a Notch.
Try to engage in vigorous activities at least three times per week for 20 consecutive minutes. Get your Quick Start Kit here.
Take Time to Get Together.
Strong relationships are one of the cornerstones of health and well-being. Few relationships are as important as those between adults and children when it comes to helping kids learn, grow and thrive.
Give the Special gift of Time.
Children need adult time and attention like they need healthy food and playful activity.
Make Family Time a Priority.
One of the greatest gifts you can give to your family is the time that you all spend together. In today's world, too many families are go, go all of the time. Try to find an hour a day during which your entire family has the opportunity to connect and share. Get your Quick Starter Kit here. Make a Date l Plan a meal together
Go Outside. Grow Outside.
Good things happen when we unplug and go outside together. Kids and adults benefit from contact with nature as well as structured play and exploration.
Protect the Right to Play.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, free play helps children grow and develop toward important intellectual, emotional and social milestones along their developmental journey toward healthy teen and adult years.
Introduce Children to Nature.
Nature engages all of the senses, helps children to develop curiosity and creativity, reduces stress and fosters a sense of wonder and a desire to explore and learn. Get your Quick Starter Kit here.
Introduce Children to Nature l Family Fitness Fest
Rested and Ready to Grow. One of the best ways to raise healthy kids is to make sure they-and you- get enough sleep. A healthy family depends on it.
The More the Better.
When children do not get enough sleep it can cause moodiness and impact their ability to learn in school. Doctors recommend between 10 and 12 hours per day for kids between the ages 5 and 12.
Make Rest Your Priority Too.
Restful sleep also has important short- and long-term health benefits for adults, including a role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning, and other vital functions. Get your Quick Starter Kit here.