We are pretty active each day. We have a large backyard so we play kick-ball, T-ball, tag, etc., quite frequently. When the weather is not great for outdoor activities, freeze dance is a favorite indoor game to get the wiggles out.
As for eating together, that can be more of a struggle. Each of my kids have a ton of extracurricular activities. We try to eat together as a family at least 3 times a week. We are working on doing this more often.
Here are some key habits to promote a healthy family.
Discuss good nutrition
Talk about good nutrition with your kids. Explain the need to eat food from the various food groups and how foods help us maintain good health.
Make healthy eating easy
Kids will often eat food that is easily available and ready to be eaten. Encourage your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables by making them just as convenient as sugary snacks. For example, place baby carrots in small bags on an easily accessible shelf in the refrigerator.
Plan meals together
Get your kids involved in creating family menus. Take them shopping to have them help select foods they would like to try. Have them read food labels to better understand the nutrition content as well.
Play together every day.
Here are some ideas:
Create a friendly competition: Make a dance party with points awarded for the best moves. Who in your family can take the most steps in a day, do the most push-ups, or twist into the most complicated yoga pose?
Step up the Silly Factor: go all out with crazy costumes and crazier moves. If you’re taking a family walk, tell jokes or sing goofy songs as you go. Silliness is definitely a favorite for my family.
Be Newbies Together: As a family, choose a new sport and learn it together. Martial arts, horseback riding, and dance are especially well-suited to varying ages and skill levels. Last winter, I took skating lessons with my daughter. I had not been on skates in years so it was really fun to try it together.