The school year is officially over!! So long are the early wake-up calls, staying up late studying for tests, and let’s not forget about all that homework! Although summer vacation is nice, it can bring about many distractions when it comes to eating healthy. And hot temperatures can often derail fitness routines. That is why we compiled this list of the healthy challenges learned throughout this school year. Are you up for the challenge?! Take a look at all the challenges below and see how many you can complete this summer! Each month we introduced a #HEALTHYCHALLENGE with the hopes of encouraging both children and adults to carry out a more healthy lifestyle. Do you remember all of the challenges?
December #HEALTHYCHALLENGE: Eat 3 Servings of Fruit per Day: People who eat more fruits and vegetables are more likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). How many servings of fruits have you had today? Learn more about the effects fruits can have on your overall healthy here:https://www.gasolfoundation.org/healthy-challenge-eat-3-servings-fruit-per-day/
January #HEALTHYCHALLENGE: Reduce Intake of Free Sugars: Research shows that children with the highest intake of sugary drinks and foods are more likely to be overweight or obese than children with a lower intake.The recommendation is further supported by evidence showing higher rates of cavities when the intake of sugar is above 10% of total energy intake, compared with the intake of free sugars below 10% of total energy intake. Learn more about free sugar at: https://www.gasolfoundation.org/gasolfoundation-healthychallenge-reduced-intake-free-sugars/
February #HEALTHYCHALLENGE: Family Meals Matter: Family meals are important and can even fit into the busiest of schedules. Sharing meals at the family table offers a host of benefits for children and adults. You create close bonds and lifelong memories around the family table. Family meals are associated with improvementt in nutritional quality of diets, as well as improvements in children’s overall well-being. Children who eat with their families are better nourished and have lower rates of obesity. And when it comes to improving the health of our children, family meals are a great way to instill healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. As you can see, family bonds are strengthened one meal at a time! Read more about this challenge at: https://www.gasolfoundation.org/february-healthychallenge-family-meals-matter/
March #HEALTHYCHALLENGE: Reduce Screen Time: Children who spend a lot of time watching television, playing video games, on the computer, mobile or tablet are physically less active in childhood. They are more likely to consume less healthy products, such as soft drinks and foods rich in added sugars and fats. They also tend to eat more compulsively and quickly. So, turn of the T.V. and pick up a book. Or put down that video game and go play outside instead! Learn more about the importance of reducing screen time here https://www.gasolfoundation.org/march-healthychallenge-reduce-screen-time/
April #HEALTHYCHALLENGE: At Least 60 minutes of Daily Physical Activity: For children and young people, physical activity can include things such as general movement, games, sports, chores, recreational activities, physical education, or planned exercise in the context of family, school, and community. Children and kids ages 5-17 should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate – to high-intensity physical activity daily. Introduce physical activity in the lives of your children! Learn how at: https://www.gasolfoundation.org/april-healthychallenge-least-60-minutes-daily-physical-activity/
May #HEALTHYCHALLENGE: Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!: Getting the adequate amount of rest has many benefits pertaining to the development of children. A quiet and calm night prepares children for school a provides them with energy to play, run and jump throughout the day. Not only does sleep make you feel better, but it is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. It can benefit your heart, weight, mind and so much more. Find out other benefits of catching some Z’s: https://www.gasolfoundation.org/may-healthychallenge-sleep-tight-dont-let-bed-bugs-bite/
June #HEALTHYCHALLENGE: Proper Hydration: The human body depends on water to survive. Our bodies utilize water to maintain its temperature, remove wastes, aid heart health, lubricate joints, and maintain a healthy weight. Drinking water on a daily basis is crucial, especially for children. Don’t leave the house without a bottle of water, especially during these hot summer months.! Understand the importance of keeping hydrated here:: https://www.gasolfoundation.org/june-healthychallenge-proper-hydration/
As you can see we practiced several challenges this school year. We hope this compilation of #HEALTHYCHALLENGEs encourages you and your family to practice healthy habits this summer. And remember to share your healthy experiences with Gasol Foundation by using the hashtag #HEALTHYCHALLENGE. Here’s to a summer filled with healthy challenges!