Summer Activities to Keep Kids Healthy
Summer break is for fun, but what happens when that fun revolves around screens and inactivity? Summer break is when children typically gain the most weight and the prevalence of childhood obesity rises.
Here are a few of our favorite summer activities to get kids moving for a healthy summer break:
Summer camps are a great way to provide structure for your children during the day. Kids can interact with their friends (or make new ones), and often the camps focus on physical or educational elements, which can help prevent summer learning loss . Check here to see a local guide to summer camps in the Little Rock area.
Family Friendly Hikes
Getting the kids unglued from the TV can be a challenge, but a fun hike just might do the trick. Hiking is not only good for your body; it is also good for your smile. A study shows that people who regularly exercise have healthier gums.
Here are our favorite family friendly hikes:
Summer Sports Teams
The school year provides many opportunities for your child to get up and moving. One summer PE alternative for parents to look into are sports leagues through your local recreation center. Summer sports teams can get kids active and help build teamwork skills with their peers. And don’t forget to use your mouth guard when participating in organized sports or other recreational activities.
Consistent sleep and meal times , in addition to regular exercise, are a great way to keep your child on track for a healthy summer. By helping your child maintain a consistent schedule this summer, it can make it easier during the Back to School transition this fall.