5 Tips for Staying Healthy & Active as a Family During the Coronavirus Outbreak

With school closures happening across the country in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we know you and your family may be feeling overwhelmed. To help you cope during this period of change, below are five tips for staying healthy and productive.

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1.       Keep a Routine: One of the understated benefits of school or work is the structure it provides to both families and children. Make sure you maintain a regular schedule through the day and week, including time for learning, physical activity, creativity, and reading for pleasure. You should also set aside regular time to check in with your kids to see how they’re doing.

2.       Stay Connected: With school closures and social distancing, it may feel difficult to keep in touch with people you’d normally see. Take advantage of technology and make the effort to use video calls, emails, texts and social media to stay connected. Incorporate it as a part of a routine to make sure you and your kids don’t overdo it on screen time.

3.       Periodic Wellness Break: From simple breathing exercises to stretching, frequent wellness breaks will keep you mindful and calm. Prioritize nap breaks for kids, eating healthy snacks, and moving or exercising regularly. Dedicate time for your kids to be creative and play, which can promote problem-solving and critical thinking.

4.       Drink Plenty of Fluids: Remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. If you don’t feel the urge to drink water, try fresh juice, milk or smoothie.

5.       Make Some Memories: While your regular routines may have been disrupted, take this time to create some special memories as a family. Whether this is creating fun pizza toppings to watching a movie as a family, kids love anything out of the ordinary! Creating a new family tradition or recipe can be a great way to deepen your bonds with each other.

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