We all want our children to make healthy choices when it comes to taking care of themselves. I have always found that when they understand the reasons behind the choices we want them to make, they are more enthusiastic and empowered to do the right thing.
It is for this reason that I was excited about becoming a Together Counts Ambassador. Together Counts is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. They have incredible resources, activities, and printables for helping to teach children about developing healthy habits.
Now that my year with Together Counts is coming to a close, I thought it would be fun to reflect on our journey…
We started out the year by learning about energy balance… Sometimes we assume that children understand the basic concepts of nutrition. Although we talk about healthy eating all the time at home, I realized that the girls didn’t have a solid grasp of the concept that the food we eat gives us energy that we use to live active lives. This activity set the stage for understanding that the food we eat, gives us the energy we need to live fun and active lives.
The understanding of energy balance changed they way we view the energy we take in and the energy we put out on a daily basis…
As a family we started looking for ways to make balanced choices about the foods we eat…
One way to inspire children to make wholesome choices is to involve them in the process of selecting and cooking their own food. Over the last year we started spending a lot more time in the kitchen, cooking together as a family.
Here are some great doses of inspiration from the Together Counts team:
- Teaching Kids About Balance
- 5 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to Incorporate This Winter
- Mom Approved After School Snacks
We also started thinking about and exploring fun ways to get our energy out! The goal being to do something active, together as a family, everyday.
Here are some great ideas that we and other Together Counts Ambassadors came up with:
- Yoga with Children
- Embracing Childrens’ Curiosity Towards Play
- 5 Ways to Play this Summer
- 5 Ideas for Active Indoor Play
It has been a great year filled with learning, growth, balance, and most importantly, quality time together as a family!