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Actions to Take Now for Strong Families and Happy, Healthy Kids

Every Kid Healthy™ Week is observed the last full week of April each year. Each day of the week shines a spotlight on actions families can take to improve the health and wellness of their kids and the link between nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn and thrive!

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Be an Action Hero — show you care, find your unique role, use your voice, get involved at school, or find something you can do to take action that fits your lifestyle, your own way. Every action counts! #takeaction4healthykids

  • Model healthy habits and talk about healthy behaviors.
  • Enjoy food and conversation at mealtime by putting phones away.
  • Make a healthy food swap (like fruit for candy).
  • Plant a family garden or vegetables in flowerpots.
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to meals.
  • Include a healthy snack in your child’s lunch.
  • Make playtime fun with outdoor games and activities that encourage movement.
  • Introduce new sports to your child at local parks or playgrounds.
  • Read nutrition labels with children for serving size and healthy ingredients.
  • Ask questions to get your child to talk about their favorite things (games, class, animals)
  • Cook a favorite meal together as a family.
  • Teach your child to be thankful and helpful; positive emotions can boost immune systems.
  • Play with your kids instead of watching them play.
  • Help your kids talk through and understand their feelings.
  • Swap movie night for game night.
  • Did you know that Racine County has over 20 parks covering over 2,896 acres? This includes beaches, trails, and dog parks that can get YOU moving. Take a hike, head to the beach, or play a game of soccer.
  • Have a dance party: Put on some music and have a dance party in your living room. Dancing is a fun way to get your heart rate up and burn some calories.
  • Visit a farmers market and let your kids choose some fresh fruits and vegetables to try. This is a great way to introduce them to healthy new foods.
  • Limit screen time: Encourage everyone to take a break from their screens and spend some quality time together.

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