Today is National Swap Ideas Day. It used to be that idea swapping occurred between neighbors while visiting over the fence. Oftentimes, recipes were the ideas being swapped. However, today’s communication technologies make that quaint scene seem a little nostalgic, but it’s not completely gone. While I don’t even have a fence in my yard, I still get some good ideas from my neighbors, whether it’s about cooking or gardening or any other topic.
To keep this from going all over the place, we’re going to narrow the topic of our “swaps” to how to get children to eat healthier foods and do more physical activity. September marks National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month; hopefully this holiday doesn’t become a permanent part of our calendars. First Lady Michelle Obama has taken this cause under her wing, and has brought many folks along with her. The National Dairy Council and the NFL’s collaborative school wellness program – Fuel Up to Play 60 – is one such player.
Now back to swapping ideas! I’ll start things off with some of my ideas that I’ve acquired over the years. One thing about nutrition that I grew up with was always having milk with meals. There was no other option for my siblings and I – it was just a given. And it was great! Eating breakfast was also a must. Again, it wasn’t something to argue about, it was just known that every morning began with breakfast. One other blast from the past that can still be incorporated today goes back to treats. Many moons ago when my parents went out on a Saturday night and our babysitter was there, my sister and I got to share one bottle of Coke™. That was when it came it 16 oz. glass bottles, and boy, did it taste good! But half of that bottle was plenty, and knowing that there was no more when it was gone, made it even more special. How about serving fruit as dessert? I could go on and on, but let’s hear from you! What are your ideas for kids’ nutrition?
We also need to talk about physical activity for all of us, but especially for kids. For a variety of reasons, kids don’t tend to have access to much physical activity at school on a daily basis. But, getting kids to be physically active for 60 minutes a day is one of the components of Fuel Up to Play 60. The “60” doesn’t have to be all at one time. Getting ten minutes here and fifteen minutes there (of physical activity) can really add up over the course of a day. Some easy ideas include taking the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator, riding a bike to a friend’s house instead of being driven, or even seeing how many sit-ups you can do during a TV commercial break. Now I know there are more creative minds out there – what are your ideas? You could win a prize!!
So, share your ideas about how to get kids to eat healthier foods and do more physical activity by adding a comment to this post. Then, on Tuesday (9/14) we’ll have a drawing* and 10 lucky people will win a physical activity prize pack!
*1 drawing entry per blog comment posted.
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