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Tips for family healthy spring

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Spring is here, and it’s a great time for the family to take advantage of the nicer weather.

Get outside with the kids and enjoy outdoor activities that boost fitness.

Practicing healthy habits every day will help children live a healthier life. It will also help them achieve more in school.

A few small changes in the family’s physical activity can have a huge impact on kids now and on their long-term health.

Here are some Small Starts ideas from kidcentral tn and HealthierTN.com that will get your family outside and ready to exercise:

• Don’t Exceed the Screen Limit. Limit how much time the entire family spends in front of TV and computer screens. Try taking a walk or playing outside after school instead.

• Get Outside and Play Together. Find outdoor activities the family can enjoy together. Try hiking, walking or playing at parks and community centers.

• Walk to School. Find safe ways for kids to walk or ride bikes to school. Organize or join a walking group with drop-off points a safe distance from the school.

• Family Walks. After dinner, walk around the neighborhood with the kids. This helps with digestion, helps control blood sugar and adds exercise to the day.

• Try New Sports. Introduce the kids to sports they haven’t tried. Soccer, swimming or tennis may turn out to be their new favorite activity.

• Dance Party: Turn on some music and dance. After work or school is a great time to add a short burst of activity, burn calories and help kids burn extra energy.

Small Starts are simple, healthy actions you can turn into routine habits in as little as 10 minutes a day. The state of Tennessee has more than 60 Small Starts tips to help family members lead healthier lives. These simple action steps can lead to big health gains.

To set up a customized Small Starts plan, sign up at HealthierTN.com.