January 26, 2010

YMCA releases resource kit encouraging play

YMCA's new "Healthy Family Home" resource kit is based around three key principles: play time every day, healthy eating, and family time.

What I love about the way this kit is written is that it not only includes some fun activity ideas, but it emphasizes that play isn't just for kids. Grownups and older siblings should participate, too.

"All family members should be effective role models by participating in all of the guidelines below," it says, and those guidelines include:

  • Moderate, fun, physical activity: try for at least a total of 60 minutes every day (which can be spread out in 10 to 15 minute intervals), and include outdoor activity whenever possible.
  • Vigorous, fun, physical activity three days a week: aim for 20 minutes total on these days and include outdoor activity whenever possible.
  • Bring adults and kids together in physical activities in order to provide opportunities for connecting and modeling positive behavior.
  • Limit screen time to less than two hours per day (television, video games, computer). Meals should not be consumed in front of a screen.

You can download the resource kit here (YMCA).

 

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