NATIONAL FAMILY HEALTH & FITNESS DAY USA
The entire family gets involved with National Family Health & Fitness Day on the last Saturday in September.
The day promotes family involvement in physical activity in support of one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. When families strive to be healthy together, the success rate increases. Incorporating exercise and a healthy diet into a family’s lifestyle takes a team effort. It’s kind of like celebrations. Who celebrates alone?
When we make reaching health goals a family goal it becomes a fun activity. One way to achieve better fitness is by cooking together. When we do, we learn which flavors fit their lifestyle best. While learning new exercise routines, families encourage each other, too. Once one member finds success, it challenges the other family members to pick up the pace. We support each other to bike, walk, or stretch through to the next peak.
When we make the experience a positive one, we also improve the bonds between family members. We grow together and develop new skills that we will carry with us for a lifetime.
HOW TO OBSERVE #FamilyHealthAndFitnessDayUSA
Get out and play as a family. It’s important to do something physical every day. Whether the family goes for a walk, throws a Frisbee, or plays with the dogs, get the heart rate up. Another thing to do is learn portion sizes. Then go through the house and reduce or eliminate the unhealthy snacks in the house. Replace them with fruits and vegetables. Start cooking together. Aim for at least one meal week and work up to cooking every day together.
Other ways to celebrate the day include:
- Invite the family to suggest their favorite ways to work out.
- Incorporate vegetables into your breakfast routine.
- Bring the kids to the grocery store to help them understand their options.
- Join a fitness group that encourages family activities.
Find events and more activities at fitnessday.com to join in the celebration and use #FamilyHealthAndFitnessDayUSA to post on social media.
NATIONAL FAMILY HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY USA HISTORY
The Health Information Resource Center organizes Family Health And Fitness Day USA each year. The day was started in 1996.
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