Friday, May 9, 2014

May Marks National Family Wellness Month

May is the time to celebrate National Family Wellness Month, when summer is around the corner and schedules become packed with outside activities and fun. This month serves as time to focus on healthy family lifestyles and habits. By working to make our own families healthier, we are really working on contributing to a healthier community for the future overall!

Here are some tips and ways to celebrate family wellness this month. What are you waiting for? Get out there and have some FUN!

Visit a Park: An easy and cheap way to have fun with the family involves heading to the park. Head to your local park (If you live in Texas, here is a link to find the closest part to you: and enjoy a hike, play on the playground, take a swim, fly a kite, or ride a bike! There are so many great wellness activities that can happen at a park so pack a picnic and head outdoors.

Plan a Family Game Night: Taking time to enjoy games with the family is a great way to interact with loved ones. Pull out some old fashion board games such as Monopoly, Pictionary, or Sorry. Have a Wii? Try playing some Wii Fit games or other family games that bring out a little fun competition. Whatever you decide, the main point is to enjoy playing with your family because that is what boosts overall wellness.

Build a Garden: An excellent way to improve wellness is by planting a garden with your family. Whether you choose to plant a veggie or a flower garden, the results are still the same. The time you spend creating and putting love into the garden is what will improve the overall wellness of your family. Plus, you have an awesome garden to show off!

Make a Scrapbook: For the kids, school is coming to an end and summer is beginning. Now is the perfect time to put together a scrapbook! Have each family member create a few pages each for the scrapbook. The scrapbook can include pictures, stories and visuals that explain different parts of family life. Have fun bonding over memories and seeing everyone’s contributions to the scrapbook!

Set a Goal: Have each family member set a long-term and short-term goal. They can be well-thought out or very simple. The important part is setting a goal and sticking to it. Need to exercise more? Have the family take a bi-weekly walk in the evening. Want to eat healthier? Have a goal where the family all pitches in on creating at least one meal a week together. Make it fun for both kids and adults.

Whatever activities you decide to do, the main goal here is to improve the overall health and wellness of your family. So get out there and celebrate life and all it has to offer you!

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