What I Have Learned This Month: Being Active as a Family Takes Creativity
Though I can understand this challenge, after spending three years working with adults with disabilities who are overweight, I learned that any activity – including household chores – can count as physical activity. Therefore, designate specific household chores for each child to assist with on a daily basis. For example, a younger child can help sort clothes for a load of laundry, while the older sibling assists with clearing and setting the table in preparation for a "sit down dinner" with the family. Such activity allows family members to spend time with each other, contribute to household tasks, and engage in physical activity. With this additional help, there may even be time for an after-dinner walk, a roll around the block as a family, or even a 15-minute after-dinner dance period while listening to a favorite CD.
What I have learned this month is that through creative choices, the entire family can be physically active, and support each other in making healthier choices.
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