During the lazy days of summer, many kids tend to lead a sedentary life. However, a lack of activity can contribute to poor eating, inadequate sleep, weight gain and other health issues. In fact, research suggests that kids gain weight faster during summer break.
Help your kids stay active, healthy and safe this summer with the following five tips.
1. Keep moving.
Ditch the TV for some outdoor exercise. Jessica Bixemann, a health and wellness coach and behavior change expert for Sharp Health Plan's Best Health Team, shares four easy ways to keep your kids moving during summer.
2. Monitor screen time.
From TVs to tablets, kids these days seem glued to screens. But how much is too much? Dr. Jennifer Tam, an optometrist with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, shares the latest screen time recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
3. Provide enough fuel for activities.
Put down the cookies and processed snacks. Laury Ellingson, a registered dietitian at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, shares two of her kids' favorite nutrient-packed snack recipes, including easy-to-make blueberry popsicles and a light mango orange smoothie.
According to Jamie Downs, a registered dietitian with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, "Young athletes will be hungry every three to four hours, so it's important to plan meals and mini-meals or snacks accordingly to give them the energy they need to perform their best." Skip the drive-through after practice and fuel your young athletes with these nutritious snacks.
4. Avoid a trip to the ER.
From sunburns to dehydration, little ones require an extra dose of care during these hot and sunny days. Dr. Resham Batra, a pediatrician with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, shares some safety rules that apply both during the summer and year-round.
Dr. Vicki Anvari, an emergency medicine specialist affiliated with Sharp Coronado Hospital, answers a few questions about trampoline use, the injuries she sees and her advice for parents on whether to let their kids jump sky-high.
5. Prepare for travel.
If you are considering an overseas trip, Dr. Veda Wu, a pediatrician with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, shares her recommendations for traveling internationally with toddlers. This includes what to bring on the plane, what to prepare before leaving, what medications to pack and more.