show them the way
eat fruits and veggies every day
some of our favorite tips
go out and play
some of the benefits of being physically active
No cost, low cost ways to be active
There are so many ways to be active that don’t need to cost a lot of money. Plan activities like walking, running, dancing, jumping rope, playing tag, or heading to a local park or playground to use the facilities. Find out what programs your community recreation center offers for free or minimal charge. Need some ideas, tips, and motivation, check out your local parks and recreation department.
Make time to be active
Making time for fun family activities like walking, biking, swimming, and playing sports together teaches children skills and deepens family relationships. Enrolling kids in classes where they can be physically active helps them develop new relationships and the confidence to try new ways to be active. Encouraging your children to spend time every day in unstructured play activities is important and teaches them that being active is fun. Prioritizing physical activity increases the likelihood that your children will continue to be active throughout their lives.
Four Season Fun
Celebrate the changing seasons with activities that are fun no matter the weather in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. Enjoy being active inside or outside throughout the year. Visit michigan.org for no cost/low cost ways to be active across the state.
they learn from watching you
My kids picks up on so much. They love to copy what we do as parents. They will ask for a food they saw us eat, and we didn’t even know they were paying attention to what we were eating! So, we’ve decided to eat more fruits and vegetables. That way they can learn from watching us and we can all benefit from eating healthy.
As a mom, it’s my job to make sure my family gets the foods they need every day – like fruits and veggies. I also keep low-fat or fat-free yogurt and cheese in the house for healthy snacks. This helps my kids eat better, have more focus at school, and grow strong.
My doctor told me that children learn how to eat when they are young. So, I make meals with a lot of fruits and vegetables and I want my family to eat foods that really nourish us. It makes me feel good that I’m teaching the kiddos something they’ll use for life.
Bring Michigan’s Fresh Coast flavors to your meals. Head to the farmers market to take a market tour, taste some recipes samples, and meet the farmers who grow your food. Farmers Market Food Navigators will give you the tools you need to make meals at home using farm fresh fruits and veggies, and help you save money on your food budget. Tap the link above to find a participating farmers market near you.
Join the Michigan Farm to Family: CSA program to purchase locally grown, freshly harvested produce for just $5-7 a week when paying with SNAP/EBT. It’s easy to join and a great way to purchase fresh farm boxes filled with fruits and vegetables grown by local community supported agriculture (CSA) farmers. Tap the link above to find a CSA near you and bring fresh food from your local farm to your table!
When your budget it tight, there is help available. Michigan 2-1-1 is a free service that connects Michigan residents with help and answers from thousands of health and human services agencies and community resources —quickly, easily, and confidentially. Tap the link or call 211.
Michiganders who receive food assistance can buy food online from select retailers using their Bridge Cards. To learn more, tap the link above.