July - Focus on Family Wellness
Easy Steps to Family Wellness
Families can improve wellness in ways big and small. Resist grand plans that involve too much time and money. This will help you avoid overcommitting and decrease discouraging setbacks. Start with small easy steps, and pick something that you can start doing today for big results.
Try these steps to enrich your family wellness plan:
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Turn off the television and play with your kids, walk your family dog, plant a garden or train for an event together. Take turns picking out a new activity that everyone can try or go old school with one of your own childhood favorites.
Get together and explore the fitness options in your neighborhood. Talk with your friends, co-workers and your primary care physician about your family’s wellness plans. You might be surprised at how others can support your goals.
Pencil in regular meet ups on the family calendar to check in: Who needs a little extra support this week? Are we on track with wellness goals? Should we just go play in the park? Getting everyone together helps everyone takes ownership.
Organize regular family game nights and give "game" a broad definition: board games, cupcake decorating competitions, basketball shoot-outs, in-house scavenger hunts, or pizza bake-offs. Look through a family photo album and reminisce together or share little-known stories. Pull out a family recipe and make it together. There are so many ways to play together if the goal is to make something fun.
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