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Healthy Summer Family Fun

If you've ever flown on an airplane, you've heard the flight attendant give a safety briefing before take-off. When explaining the use of the oxygen mask, they always remind us that when traveling with children, you need to put your mask on first, then theirs. It seems counter-intuitive as a parent but is actually quite logical. If you lose consciousness, you will not be able to help your child. Think of the oxygen mask scenario as a metaphor for self-care in general. If you don't take care of yourself mentally and physically, it's very difficult to have the capacity to care for others. Increasing physical activity, reducing stress and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle will not only make you feel better, but also improve your relationships. I hope you'll find the tips and resources listed below helpful to you and the families you serve.
Tip of the Month
You can help your family have fun and be healthy this summer. Use these tips from the National Institutes of Health to learn how you can spend time together and fit physical activity into your summer:
  • Start small by taking an evening walk, playing tag, or walking to a friend's house.
  • Try new things, like a new sport, active video games, or a dance or sports class.
  • Plan group events that get people together and moving like dancing or having a jump rope contest.
  • Explore your community to find free or low-cost programs to help you and your family move, such as parks and recreation or YMCA programs.
You can find more tips like these within the National Institutes of Health's We Can! Tip Sheet.

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