Children need to be active 60 minutes a day, and walking or biking to school is an easy way to fit activity into a busy day.
Team up with other parents near your home to form “walking school buses” and take turns walking kids to the bus stop or all the way to school.
• Are you too busy to play together as a family? Physical activity can be broken up into shorter amounts throughout the day. Take a 10 minute walk before dinner, or go for a walk or bike ride after dinner for “dessert.” Think about your weekly or daily schedule and make opportunities to be more active. Every little bit helps.
• On weekends, plan a family hike through a scenic park. Children can help plan the route and make a map to use on the hike. Let the kids help rake or gather leaves and make a game of it. The winner gets to jump in the leaf pile first.
Adapted from Iowa Department of Public Health.