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Spring and summer mean longer days, fresh produce and more time for being active. For families, though, this is a great time of year to begin new traditions and healthy habits, but sometimes it can be a challenge to get children interested in new activities and foods.
These tips from Bright Horizons Wilton are easy for any family to incorporate into their daily routine:
- Remember that good things come in small packages. You don’t always have to think big, especially when packing your child’s lunch. Bite-size sandwiches, sliced fruit and veggies, small portions of yogurt and fruit purees are best.
- Plan your work and work your plan. Healthy eating is easy with a little planning. Planning meals before you write your list, including what to pack for lunches, will save you time and stress during the week. Have a list prepared when heading to the grocery store and as a general rule of thumb, your list should include lots of things from the perimeter of the store, since this is where the healthier foods are located.
- Pay attention to what’s in season. Just as citrus helps to fight colds in the winter, watermelon hydrates our bodies in the summer. Eat from a seasonal menu, and your family will enjoy the benefits.
- Encourage helping hands. Encourage your children to join you in preparing healthy meals and snacks. Measuring and mixing ingredients are fun and provide great learning opportunities. Kids will love eating what they’ve helped to make and will enjoy exploring important early math and science concepts while you cook together.
- Set goals. Determine what fitness plan works best for the entire family, and keep track by posting these goals on the refrigerator or other highly visible area. Review your goals and set new ones periodically.
- Make exercise fun! Exploring fitness together is a fun way to model healthy habits and enjoy quality time together as a family. Keep in mind that playing tag, having an outdoor dance party and going on a nature hike can all count as fun ways to exercise.
Bright Horizons Wilton is a NAEYC-accredited community-based child care, early education center and preschool for children 6-weeks to 6-years-old. For more information, visit the center's website or call 203-834-2616.
Christopher Lawrence Assistant Director at Bright Horizons Wilton 7 Godfrey Place 203-834-2616
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