Official Newsletter of the President's Challenge

AUGUST 2013 - GET ACTIVE!

Staying Healthy and Active as the Busy School Year Starts Up

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With summer winding down, and the hectic back-to-school schedule right around the corner, it can be a challenging time for families to get their kids to eat healthy and be physically active. From smart snacking to fitting in family physical activities, We Can! has some tips to help your kids stay on the right track this school year.

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Learn the ABCs of saving calories and money when you shop for groceries to pack your kids' lunches.

A lways use ads and store bonus cards, which may offer discounts on healthy foods like fruits and veggies.

B uy produce in season or at local farmers markets to cut costs. Fall is often the best time of year to find a wide range of local produce.

C ompare brands and package sizes to find the best buy. Be sure to read the Nutrition Facts label on packaged food to choose products with lower numbers for calories, saturated and trans fats, sodium, and sugars.

For more tips to help your family eat right, visit http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/eat-right/index.htm

Staying Physically Active

Kicking off the school year can be a busy time. These three steps can help you fit in some physical activity even in the hustle and bustle of you hectic schedule.

  1. Keep track of how your family spends time for one week.
  2. Start small. Find two 30-minute time slots when your family can be active together after school or on the weekends.
  3. Get going. Try these great tips:
  • Walk your kids to school
  • Ride bikes after dinner
  • Play baseball
  • Jump rope
  • Shoot baskets
  • Dance
  • Walk the dog
  • Play tag
  • Rake leaves

For more tips to keep your family active, visit http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/get-active/activity-plan.htm