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Celebrate family health
June 12 is Family Health & Fitness Day, sponsored by The National Recreation and Park Association. To celebrate this day, we’ve put together a few resources and ideas to jumpstart your family health activities.
Jayna Rogers, program manager of Commitment to Community, Family or Self-care, advises to start small, keep it simple and focus on the quality time you’re getting with your family.
“Doing family wellness activities not only benefits everyone’s personal health, but it strengthens the relationships within your family. It’s the bonding, memories, quality time, laughter and silliness that happens during these activities that are key.”
This is a great opportunity to spend time doing things that you enjoy as a family, such as volunteering, home projects, cooking and meal planning, game nights, bike rides, hikes or walks. If you choose to pursue a family wellness activity, consider completing Commitment to Family to get support in making your family health activity a habit and to earn the $260 Engagement incentive.
By being active together, your family members can improve their physical and emotional health and strengthen their bonds with each other. You’ll get a chance to know each other better and build cherished memories together. Remember that physical activity doesn’t have to be elaborate and that just getting outside can be beneficial to managing stress and elevating your mood. An after-dinner walk can be just as effective as training for a race or playing a game of basketball. Useful resources include Santa Clara County Hikes and Parks and San Mateo Parks.
There are many health benefits to eating a nutritious homemade meal. Meal planning, prep and cooking are great behavioral tasks to bring the family together. Greater Good and Lifestyle Nutrition may help with ideas on getting your family to eat healthier. For example, ask the whole family to complete a grocery list, then determine how you can incorporate their wishes.
Keep it simple and manageable, but feel free to make more elaborate healthy meals when the mood strikes. There are lots of ways to make healthy eating fun and sustainable, and you get to decide what works best for you and your family.
Another aspect of family health can be volunteering and contributing to the greater good together. Modern technology and innovation have made it possible to volunteer virtually from home. Family volunteer opportunities you can pursue include creating gift bags for people without homes or joyful drawings for Meals on Wheels, providing needed skill support to non-profits, such as website design, pivot tables or grant writing, or the more traditional types of direct service, such as volunteering at a soup kitchen or shelter.
Whatever your values, skills and passions, there’s a service opportunity waiting for you! You can use the below outside resources to find volunteer opportunities near you or by your area of interest.