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A Healthy and Fun Summertime

Hi San Antonito STEM Magnet families!  

It's been a great school year, and the health office hopes that everybody has a fun, safe, and relaxing summer break. Healthy habits that begin in childhood can help a child continue to stay healthy their entire lives. While having fun, it's also important to remember to be safe.  Staying healthy is something the whole family can be involved in. Below are some tips and ideas to keep healthy this summer. 

1) Remain physically active every day. Fitting in the 60 plus minutes of recommended activity can be done in a number of fun ways. For instance, take a hike with your family, take a bike ride, swim at a pool, play and have a blast at a local park/community center, take your dog for a walk, jump rope (by yourself or with a friend). There's countless ways to get your heart pumping and get your minutes in. Don't forget to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle to protect your head. 

2) Summertime also means that you and your family will be enjoying the nice, warm weather by being outdoors more. In order to protect your skin (the largest organ on your body), you must put sunscreen on every exposed area of your skin. Be sure to reapply the sunscreen at least every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating a lot. 

3) Water, water, and more water! Drink up those cups of water, especially when you're active and or outdoors. A bonus of staying hydrated (getting enough water and fluids to drink) is an increased energy boost. If you're beginning to feel an energy slump, drink some water. 

4) Find some fun and creative ways to get your five to nine daily fruit and veggie servings. Get your parents and siblings involved, too. Maybe consider checking out a children's cookbook from the library to get some ideas. Some quick ideas include- celery logs (celery sticks with peanut butter), fruit salad (toss together various types of chopped up fruit and add optional light vanilla-flavored yogurt for a calcium boost), sliced red, yellow, or green bell peppers dipped in hummus, or freshly cut strawberries with a decent dollop of Reddi-Wip on top. Use your creative side to find your own fun recipes. You can still enjoy the occasional sweet treat in moderation (fancy word for a small amount). I personally love ice cream! 

5) Keeping your mind active during summer break is important. Ways to keep your mind active include, reading, writing stories, keeping a journal, learning something at a museum, and finding a hobby that you enjoy and can stick to. To find some more ideas, you can go to www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/recreation/news/summer-fun-for-youth to get more ideas for having fun in the Albuquerque area. There is also also information for finding the locations for the "Free Summer Food Program" for ages 1-18 years old. The link for getting some free swimming passes is www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/recreation/news/free-swim-passes

6) Relax, have fun, and we will see your smiling faces in August!