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April: Fun Family Warm-Up Activity

A warm-up is a session which takes place prior to doing physical activity. Extension Educator Ann Fenton shares some info on warming up and some ideas for your family to get moving in this Family Fun on the Run Newsletter.

February: DIY FitBall - A Fun Fitness Activity

Families who are active together, get healthy together. Children need 60 minutes of physical activity per day while adults should aim for 150 minutes per week. The most important thing to remember is to make physical activity fun! To help get everyone moving and sitting less, play this fun fitness activity, called FitBall. It is easy to play since it is similar to the hot potato game and uses little equipment. All ages will enjoy playing this fitness activity!

December: Gifts that Help Families Be Active

What gift do most kids have on their wish list for the holidays or an upcoming birthday? Probably some type of technology - from smartphones to tablets, to the latest video game. Before purchasing a that gift promotes more time in front of a screen, consider some options that can help kids and families stay active throughout the year.

September: Food Safety for Spooky Fall Celebrations

Fall signals a new season for all, with fresh crisp air, cool temperatures and lots of fun things to do with friends and family. Fall celebrations like harvesting, visiting pumpkin patches and Halloween are great family activities and fun for the kids who can wear their favorite costumes, and eat lots of tasty treats! This edition of our newsletter shares tips to keep your family safe and healthy during this spook-tactular season!

August: 5 Ways to Fall Back into Good Nutrition

As the school year starts it is often a challenge to fall back into a good routine. For many families, it can be a struggle to establish stricter bedtimes, carving out time to do homework, and fitting in a nutritious dinner before jetting off to extra-curricular activities. This edition of our newsletter shares 5 ways for your family to fall into good nutrition during the school year. 

July: Are Protein Bars a Healthy Choice for On-the-Go Kids?

Summertime can be a busy time for many families. Between running errands, taking kids to practices, and attending games, events, and other activities, it can be hard to plan healthy meals and snacks for your family. Although you may already know that fast food is not always a nutritious choice, alternative on-the-go options, such as protein bars, might not be the healthiest either. Although these bars can be fast and convenient, it is important to understand how to help make heathier choices for kids.

May: Gardening with Kids

It is not always easy preparing healthy meals that your entire family will eat without complaining.  If you have picky eaters, it makes that job even more difficult. One tool to get your children to consume more fruits and vegetables is growing a garden.

April: Kite Flying Fun

Spring is in the air, bringing the feeling of new beginnings, rejuvenation, renewed energy and the strong desire to be outdoors. Part of the fun of being outside is being active with family and friends, such as going to parks, playing ball, swinging, sliding, and the greatest fun of all - flying kites!

March: Indoor Fitness Activities

When the weather is nice, you can go outside and take a walk or a hike.  The sunshine and the warm breeze feels great. Then, one day, it starts to rain and you can’t do those outdoor activities like you planned.  What do you do with your kids on those days?  It’s time to get creative and do fun fitness activities indoors.

January: Oatmeal - Whole Grain Goodness

January is oatmeal month and oatmeal is a whole grain that can be a delicious, warm way to add whole grains to your eating patterns during the cold winter months.

December: Be an Active Family during the Holidays

The holiday season can be a busy and stressful time for families. Along with those hectic schedules, the cold winter weather can make it challenging for squeezing in some physical activity each day. This month's newsletter shares some great tips.

November: Thankful for Health

During the holiday season, we often think about the many things for which we are thankful.  It might be family, friends, or a good job.  It may also be our ability to keep ourselves healthy by eating good food and partaking in physical activity. This month's newsletter shares more ways to think about being thankful for health and physical activity.

October: Be Active this Fall, 5 Family-Friendly Ways

Autumn is a great time to be active as a family. This month's edition shares 5 easy ways to help your family move more this October.

September: Wanting to go that Extra Mile?

Are you wanting to take the next step and challenge your body a little more? Good for you! This months's article includes a few training tools for your first 5K run or half marathon.

May: Engaging Children in Walking and Hiking

A wonderful adventure for a child can begin with simply going on a walk or a hike. Children will not only have fun enjoying the outdoors but experience a wealth of exciting learning opportunities. Listed are some great ideas that can be used alone or as a springboard to another idea that will engage children in walking or hiking.

April: Starting Walking

As the weather begins to warm up and the days become longer, many of us want to spend time outside rather than being cooped up inside. It is very tempting to sit outside on your deck or patio and enjoy the fresh air but it would be FANTASTIC if you took a walk first. Walking is a great way to start being more physically active. It is free, can be done just about anywhere, and doesn't require special equipment, just comfortable clothes and good shoes. Click here to learn more!

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Archived Newsletters

December 2016: Gifts to Help Families Be Active

September 2016: Food Safety for Spooky Fall Celebrations

August 2016: 5 Ways to Fall Back into Good Nutrition

July 2016: Are Protein Bars a Healthy Choice for On-the-Go Kids?
May 2016:
Gardening with Kids
April 2016: Kite Flying Fun
March 2016: Indoor Fitness Activities
January 2016:
Oatmeal - Whole Grain Goodness
December 2015:
Be an Active Family during the Holidays
November 2015: Thankful for Health
October 2015:
Be Active this Fall, 5 Family-Friendly Ways
September 2015:
Wanting to go that Extra Mile?
May 2015:
Engaging Children in Walking and Hiking
April 2015:
Starting Walking

March 2015: Adult Fitness Test

February 2015: Love Walking

January 2015: Make 2015 a Healthy New Year

December 2014: Walking - A Gift to Yourself

November 2014: Adding Music to Workout Routines

October 2014: Safety Tips for Walking 

September 2014: Think Outside the Cubicle

September 2014: Walking is a Man's Best Medicine

July 2014: Beat the Heat

June 2014: Up with Walking, Down with Blood Pressure

May 2014: "Appy" Feet

April 2014: Spring Into Fitness

March 2014: Furry Friend Fitness

February 2014: Walking Indoors

January 2014: New Year, New You!

December 2013: Walking at Work

November 2013: Finding Time for Fitness over the Holidays

October 2013: Increase Your "NEAT" at Work

September 2013: Where to Walk is Just as Important as When to Walk

August 2013: Fueling Your Walk with Foods from the Farmers Market

July 2013: Tips for Physical Activity during Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

June 2013: Choose Healthy Fat

May 2013: Healthier Recipes Easy to Find

April 2013: Tai Chi Walk

March 2013: Jiggle Your Wiggle

February 2013: Exercise: An Immunity Boost

January 2013:  Wear Layers Being Active Outdoors

December 2012:  Exploring Physical Activity Myths

November 2012: Walk to Unwind

October 2012: Wellness at Work

September 2012: Exercise and Older Adults

August 2012: Distance Walking - Is it for you?

July 2012: Keeping Walking Fun

June 2012: Eating for Energy

May 2012: Don't Resist Strength Training

April 2012: Prevent Spring Sprains and Pains

March 2012: Adding Zing to Your Walk - Nordic Walking

February 2012: Walk for Your Heart

January 2012: Winter Blues


Physical activity is important for children and adults of all ages.

Being active as a family can benefit everyone. Adults need 2½ hours a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day. Here are a few tips to add activity to your family's busy schedule.

  • Set specific activity times: Determine time slots throughout the week when the whole family is available. Try doing something active after dinner or begin the weekend with a Saturday morning walk.
  • Turn off the TV: Set a rule that no one can spend longer than 2 hours per day playing video games, watching TV, and using the computer.
  • Plan for all weather conditions: Choose some activities that do not depend on the weather conditions. Try mall walking, indoor swimming, or active video games.

Source: Be An Active Family from USDA's ChooseMyPlate.