Strategies To Keep Families Healthy and Happy During The Holidays

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Dec 6, 2014 2:53:42 AM



Families can get moving! The holiday season is an excellent time to start a family exercise routine. Children enjoy seeing holiday lights and decorations. Walking around a different street each night offers children an opportunity to observe the illumination of holiday lights and the ornamentation of family friendly neighborhoods. Families can implement a nightly 30 minute brisk walk during the holidays season that they can keep as a habit well into the new year. Children look forward to the sparkles and glimmer that adorn the neighborhood during the holidays. Families that walk together, talk together!



Fabulous food is a part of almost every holiday celebration. Parents can encourage good eating habits by including a variety of dishes that include fruits and vegetables at every meal. Families can integrate reading, math and health into their holiday season by reading recipe books and cooking dishes together. Children can write down the recipes on self decorated holiday paper and display it next to the dish when it is served. One author even found a way to make fruit filled cookies a hit in the book, Cool Cookies. Parents can choose to make cookies with fruit ingredients such as banana-apple cookies.



Cool Cookies by Marilyn LaPenta (author)

Grab your apron and get ready for some fun and easy baking! Young chefs can choose from delicious recipes that include classic favorites, such as chocolate-chip cookies and lemon bars, and healthy treats, like banana-apple cookies and granola bars. Each recipe includes a nutrition tip and a fact box, as well as a list of tools and ingredients and easy, step-by-step instructions. Kids will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, sequencing and following directions, math and measuring skills, and kitchen safety. Best of all, it’s lots of fun!

Teach Children About Staying Clean And How To Prevent The Spread Of Germs

Children should be advised to learn good health habits at a young age. Good teeth brushing habits are one way children can learn to become squeaky clean. The Squeaky Clean Club, teaches about the benefits of keeping clean. Winter brings the cold and flu season. Teaching children how to help prevent the spread of viruses by washing their hands, helps empower them to make healthy friendly habits at a young age.

Educators and families can teach kids about the importance of hand washing by reading and singing...

thumb-3Clean Hands, Dirty Hands
by Jo Cleland (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781618103444
Sung to the tune of Row, Row, Row your boat, this book teaches yound readers the importance of personal hygiene and keeping your hands clean

Books That Help Keep Families Happy and Healthy

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about health and wellness. These books offer a great opportunity to build student’s knowledge of health and fitness as well as enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts at

I Can Move
by Caroline Hutchinson (author), NA (illustrator) © 2010
ISBN: 9781607192947 AR: / Points 0.0 / Quiz NA
You move your body and get exercise in many ways. See how people move their bodies!

medium-1Stretch it Yoga
by Kyla Aloian (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781427197542
Stretch it Yoga describes how this ancient exercise has become a popular way to keep fit for people around the world. Photos demonstrate stretches, and simple text teaches children about the different styles of yoga, which poses affect which parts of the body, and the important elements of breathing and meditation.

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