With disruptions in routine and increased stress brought on by the pandemic, healthy habits can be hard to keep. Explore below to find creative, sustainable ways to stay active and eat well during the pandemic and beyond.
My children do a lot of “grazing” at home. How can I help limit snacking and promote healthier eating habits?
Stick to a meal and snack schedule and limit the availability of packaged snacks. Don’t allow snacking close to mealtimes. Keep healthy snacks like sliced vegetables and fruits more available.
My kids resist when I find ways for them to be active. How can we overcome this?
Share the videos and activities above with your kids, or do your own search. Have them select what they think looks like the most fun or the most achievable. Be willing to compromise. Get active with them.
My child plays a team sport, and I am nervous to let him participate given the spread of the virus, but I still really want him or her to stay active. Should I let my child play in team sports right now?
Please refer to the CDC’s guidelines on playing sports during the current pandemic here. If you have further questions or concerns, your child’s primary care physician is a good resource to help make this decision based on your child’s specific health and needs.
My local gym has opened back up, and I would really like to go exercise there. Is this safe to do?
Many gyms are following strict sanitation guidelines and masking policies. Check your specific gym’s protocols to determine if they are following healthy practices. If you do choose to go to the gym, make sure to maintain social distance and keep your mask on. Wash your hands often, and sanitize any equipment you use before and after use. Many gyms are offering virtual classes as a part of their memberships. Inquire about this possibility and use this resource instead of physically going to the gym if possible.
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