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Monday, February 22, 2016

February is .....American Heart Month

February can be a long month - even though it's the shortest month of the year.  February seems to be that month where Mother Nature can't decide if she wants Spring to begin or to give us six more weeks of  Winter.  With all that changing weather, sometimes it's hard to get outside to get some exercise.

On January 29, 2016, President Obama declared February as American Heart Month (Presidential Proclamation).  In the proclamation, the President encouraged all families to encourage healthy eating and doing physical activity. 

The American Heart Association has some wonderful resources for families to use in order to stay healthy and to have some family bonding time.  Here are just a few suggestions:

1.  Have everyone help with the housework.  Ugh!  Housework.  I know, not everyone's idea of a fun time but there are ways to make it more enjoyable.  Try using sticky notes and make it like a game.  Put sticky notes on things that need cleaning or just tidying up (like those Legos all over the floor).  Make it a friendly competition to see who collects the most stickies.  The best part - everyone is getting physical activity and the chores are getting done!  Then the family can have a dance off to any of the fabulous Just Dance video games the library owns.
2. Cooking healthy food with kids.  Children love to cook with their parents.  This is the perfect time to get children hooked on good foods like fruits, vegetable and dairy products. The American Heart Association has created a hands-on cooking guide with kid-friendly recipes to spark young people's interest in food, cooking and health.  The library also has some healthy cookbooks for other recipe suggestions.


3.  Indoor Scavenger Hunts.  Searching for something to do on those days you can't go outside to play.  Try an indoor scavenger hunt.  There is a great list from the American Heart Association to have children find some common household items for an indoor scavenger hunt

So when February seems to be dragging (remember it's Leap Year so one extra day is added on), try some of the above activities with your family and get your body moving.  It's good for your heart.  And we want you to be healthy so you can visit the library often!

Children's Cookbooks
American Heart Association - Healthy Kids



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