Healthy Children - June 2017

Take a Healthy Summer Back:

Discover Easy Ways to Help Kids Stay Happy and Healthy This Summer
Did you know…? Kids sometimes gain weight two times faster in the summer than during the school year?  Only 1 in 4 kids ages 5-15 gets the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Encourage your child to reach a goal of 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Try dancing, biking, walking, jumping, rope and active games like tag.

A 12 oz. sugar-sweetened drink can have 31 grams of sugar – that’s 8 teaspoons! Give thirsty kids a healthier choice. Plain water has no added sugar!

Kids spend an average of 7.5 hours a day in front of a screen. Limit TV, computers, tablets and video games to no more than 1-2 hours a day as another step towards good health.

As many as 27% of kids daily calories come from snacks, mostly from desserts and sugar-sweetened beverages. Want kids to reach for healthier snacks? Offer fruits and vegetables at snack time!

Find a summer meal site near you! Your child can enjoy a healthy meal with friends at a summer meal site.* All kids age 18 and under eat free. Some sites also offer games, crafts, and activities. Visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or call 1-866-348-6479 to find a summer meal site near you!

*In areas where at least 50% of children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, based on local school or senses data.