Stay active during term time
School is almost back, and with it can come parent concerns for their children’s everyday health.
The WA Heart Foundation has some tips to reduce those worries and help keep children eating healthily and staying active this term.
One major challenge children face come school time is getting enough physical exercise out in the fresh air, well away from a desk or computer.
The foundation recommends parking a little further from school and walking in, buying comfortable school shoes children can run around in and reserving times to play a sport or at a playground with your children.
Heart Foundation cardiovascular health director Trevor Shilton said walking or riding to school was another simple way children could get extra daily exercise.
“These days around 70 per cent of children are regularly driven to and from school, compared with 16 per cent in 1970,” he said.
“Our lives are busy and we are driving because we feel it will save time.”
“But small opportunities to walk or ride more often will help children to realise there are ways to travel other than in a car — (and) walking or riding together is a great experience for parents and children to share.”
Healthy eating can also be a source of back-to-school anxiety.
For almost any parent, packing more than 200 lunches a year is a daunting task.
Tips from the Heart Foundation include planning children’s lunchboxes ahead of time, packing healthy snacks they can easily eat on the go, and including a frozen water bottle for refreshment.
You can see more tips for eating well and exercising as a family by going to the Live Lighter website, https://livelighter.com.au/ LiveLighter-for-Families/AtSchool/.