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Keep Kids Healthy And Active While School Is Out

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - Parents like you know kids should eat healthy and be active  every day, but summer break can often make that hard. With some fun, simple  tips, you can ensure summer break doesn’t mean a break in your family’s  healthy habits.

The Problem

Without the benefit of scheduled meals, snacks and recess provided during  the school day, some kids fall into a “summer slump” of unhealthy  behaviors, such as spending more time indoors watching TV, playing video  games, and snacking on less-healthy foods.

Childhood obesity is at its height in the summer months. In fact, studies  show that kids gain weight more than twice as fast in the summer as they do  during the regular school year.

This makes summer an important time for families to pledge to be active  and eat healthy together.

Fun, Simple Solutions

The Network for a Healthy California (Network)  is on the front lines of the battle against obesity and works to empower  everyone to lead healthier, active lives. The Network has partnered with  summer activity programs to launch the “Power Up Your Summer!”   Challenge. The Challenge encourages kids and their families to get at least  60 minutes of active play every day and to fill half of each plate with  fruits and vegetables.

What You Can Do

Try these simple ideas to help your kids beat the summer slump:

• Find safe outdoor places for kids to play, such as parks,  recreation centers and pools.

• Don’t let the heat slow you down. Dancing and hide-and-seek  are great indoor activities.

• Limit TV and computer time to less than two hours per day.

• Involve the whole family in reaching a goal of 60 minutes of play  every day.

• Fill half your plate with summer fruits and vegetables at every  meal. Choose in-season fruits and vegetables, which often cost less.

• Rethink your drink and choose water instead of sugary drinks.

• Be a good role model. Your kids are more likely to make healthy  choices—if you do, too.

We all want to raise our kids to be the best they can be. Healthy habits,  such as eating fruits and vegetables, drinking water and being active every  day, are the building blocks to success. You can help kids see that healthy  choices can be fun choices.

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