Staying Active and Healthy: A Resource Guide for Kids and Families

Staying healthy through exercise and eating healthy foods is important for people of all ages. Being active and eating well can help to increase your energy, improve your mood, and make you feel better about yourself. There are many ways to incorporate fitness into your daily life, and many of them can be fun for the whole family. Exercise can be done indoors or outdoors, and healthy eating is as close as your own kitchen.

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  • Counting Jumps: These rhymes can make jumping rope even more fun and can be used alone or with a group of friends.
  • Tag Games: The traditional game of tag can be taken up a notch with these fun ways to play.
  • Jump-Rope Games and Activities for Kids: Challenge yourself to see how many jump-rope games you can learn.
  • Red Rover: When kids learn how to play this classic game, they can have fun with a group of friends while getting exercise.
  • Hopscotch: With just some chalk and a driveway or sidewalk, you can play this game alone or with a group.
  • Exercise While Doing Chores: Turn yard work and other outside chores into a great chance to sneak in some extra exercise with the family.
  • Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt: Print this PDF and take it with you on a walk while you challenge yourself and your family to find everything on the list.
  • Sidewalk Obstacle Course With Chalk: Get creative with a sidewalk obstacle course.
  • Mindful Walking: Stop, Breathe, and Think: Read this before your next walk and see how mindful you can be. This is a great way to relieve stress and come home from a walk feeling calm and refreshed.
  • Indoor Balloon Tennis: This fun game is great for all ages and perfect for a rainy day indoors.
  • How to Play Red Light-Green Light: Get the kids up and moving with this classic schoolyard game.
  • Fitness Circuit Course: Set up stations of different activities and work your way through each station for a perfect indoor workout that guarantees laughs and fun.
  • Arm and Leg Tag: Try this twist on the traditional game of tag to keep everyone interested.
  • Steppin’ Across the States: Get the family together and count your steps to see how far you can travel in a day, week, or month.
  • Run, Run, Run! Even for those who do not like to run, these activities can help them enjoy it.
  • UNO Exercise: Each player draws a card from an UNO deck and performs a corresponding activity until all of the cards have been drawn.
  • Study Break Yoga: It can be mentally exhausting to sit at a computer working, especially when you’re a student who’s not used to it. Use this video as a stretch break to help the kids refresh their bodies and minds.
  • Banana Banana Meatball: This GoNoodle video is fun to dance to and can also teach kids about patterns.
  • DIY FitBall: This game is one of the most fun ways to exercise while staying indoors and can be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels.
  • Healthy Placemat Activity: This placemat is perfect for children to work on while they’re waiting for dinner. It teaches about making healthy choices when eating and which foods are healthy.
  • Ask a Scientist: How Does My Body Fight Disease? This comic book teaches children how making healthy choices can help their bodies fight off diseases.
  • Choose Healthy Snacks: This interactive game can help kids learn all about making healthy snack choices.
  • Quiz: Food Facts: See how much you know about healthy eating with this quiz.
  • Food Fun From Apples to Zucchini: Can you name a healthy food that starts with each letter of the alphabet?
  • Healthy Bingo at Home: Play bingo while learning about the best foods for your body.
  • Sortify: Nutrition: This interactive sorting game can help kids learn more about healthy foods.
  • MyPlate Match Game: Kids can test their knowledge of the food groups with this interactive game.
  • Food Monsters: Cut out the faces and get creative by making monsters from healthy food you have at home.
  • Nutrition-Related Group Games: Use these games to have fun with family or friends.
  • Color Your Salad! Have kids color this page and hang it on your refrigerator as a reminder to eat the rainbow.