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
Set specific activity times
Determine time slots throughout the week when the whole family is available. Devote a few of these times to physical activity. Try doing something active after dinner or begin the weekend with a Saturday morning walk.
Plan ahead and track your progress
Write your activity plans on a family calendar. Let the kids help in planning the activities. Allow them to check it off after completing each activity.
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.
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 Move Your Way.
Activities at home
Involve the kids in yard work and other active chores around the house. Have them help you with raking, weeding, planting, cleaning, laundry, and vacuuming. This is a great way for kids to be active, feel accomplished, and build skills that will last a lifetime.
Four Season Fun
Celebrate the changing seasons with activities that are fun no matter the weather in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. Check out your local parks and recreation department for indoor and outdoor facilities, sports, events, classes, and more. Many communities offer beautiful parks and trails, gymnasiums, swimming pools, spray parks, indoor and outdoor tracks, pickleball, tennis, soccer, basketball and volleyball courts, sledding, tubing, ice skating, and a wide-range of activities for youth, adults and seniors. 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 3-year-old picks up on so much. She loves to copy what I do. Sometimes she will ask for a food she saw me eat. And I didn’t even know she was watching me! So, I try to eat fruits and vegetables. That way she’ll want them too.
As a mom, it’s my job to make sure my family gets the foods they need every day – like milk. That’s why I serve fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk to my kids. I also keep low-fat or fat-free yogurt and cheese in the house for healthy snacks. This helps my kids eat better, develop healthy habits, and grow strong.
My doctor told me that kids learn eating habits when they are young. I want my child to learn to eat fruits and vegetables so she’ll be healthy. It makes me feel good that I’m teaching her something she’ll use for life.
Get all of Michigan’s Fresh Coast flavors. Bring the kids and take a market tour, taste some samples, get delicious recipe ideas, and meet the farmers who grow your food. Farmers Market Food Navigators will help you optimize your food dollars so you can make meals at home using delicious locally grown fruits and veggies.
Join the Michigan Farm to Family: CSA program to purchase locally grown, freshly harvested produce for just $5-10 a week when paying with SNAP/EBT. It’s easy to join and a great way to get a weekly box of nutritious, fresh fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers for your family. There are over 20 participating farms and organizations around the state with more being added each spring. Tap the directory to find a CSA near you.
Temporary food assistance is available to eligible low-income individuals and families as well as assistance for other important health and human services for Michiganders. For more information, visit the link above or call 211.
This health and nutrition program is for eligible women who are pregnant or were recently pregnant, and children up to age 5 to get healthy foods, education, and referrals to other services. For more information, visit the link above or call 211.