Carnivals, fairs and movies; oh my! Why should you be terrified of these places? They provide a fun family environment to help you grow together, but often times the food choices will help your family grow in the waistline too.
It’s the end of summer and many families are squeezing in last minute activities before the kids head back to school. In these last days of summer here’s what you can do to get your family back on track with healthy choices:
Skip the carnival or fair and make your own fun and games (and picnic lunch) at a local park.
Admission alone at a fair can be expensive for a whole family and when you add food expenses your money is going toward fried foods and sugary desserts that end in stomach aches and fights over who gets the bathroom next.
Drive past the movie theater and keep heading toward, again, a local park.
Many parks do free “movies in the park” on certain nights during the summer. Again you’re saving money by not paying an admission and you can bring along your own healthy snacks. If you’re facing a rainy day, then arrange an in-home movie event.
Find more active and affordable outdoor activities.
Arrange a kickball game with the neighborhood kids and parents. Find a nearby mini golf course or create your own. Build a game or piece of furniture with your kids. Make a masterpiece on the driveway with sidewalk chalk.
Everyone will have a different preference for activities, but you can set yourself up for success by planning ahead, and then asking yourself two questions:
- Does the plan help me and my family get more active?
- Can we save money and calories by bringing our own food?
Remember, it all starts with the parents so always include yourself in your planning!