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Autumn Tips to Help Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy
Autumn requires us to make changes in our lifestyle due to weather, daylight changes, school activities, and upcoming holidays. Greet the fall with ways to help keep you and your kids safe and healthy. Take steps to make sure your kids develop healthy habits that will help them now and throughout their lives.
Have an afternoon of food-tasting.
Gather your charges together to research at least three to five varieties of one type of food (i.e. fruit, vegetable, nut, etc.). Talk about the unique qualities of the food and a little about its history (i.e. when it was discovered, what it is known for, etc). Lead a taste test of the different varieties of the food, or prepare the food several different ways and have everyone choose their favorite. For example, an apple could be prepared as apple snack wedges, applesauce, apple cider, and baked apples. You could also present similar types of vegetables, such as collard greens, spinach, kale, and mustard greens. Talk about differences in their taste. Pick fall favorites, or be adventurous and try new recipes.
Be active outdoors and indoors.
Make fall yard work fun. Have kids come up with different ways to pick up leaves or pine cones (i.e. squatting, bending, leaning, stretching, balancing on one foot, etc.). Sing, dance, and explore. Provide kids with rakes and other tools that are kid-sized for comfort and safety. For indoor fun, play board games and computer games that encourage physical activity. Have a song-and-dance talent show. Draw, color and explore with health in mind. Remember that children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes and adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most, preferably all, days of the week.
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Don't forget to apply sunscreen and insect repellent to protect you and the children from the sun, mosquitoes, and ticks.
Do as you say.
It's easy to tell the kids what to do. But, it's even better to show them what to do and how to do it. Start the fall off with healthy habits. Eat healthy, be active, get check-ups, be smoke-free, manage stress, wear seat belts, wash hands, wear helmets, and more. Build and help children build healthy relationships and know how to avoid and reduce conflicts.
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