In August and September, kids and teens across the country will be heading back to school to start the new school year. When school begins, life gets busy! And when life gets busy, it can be harder to fit in physical activity and prepare healthy food.

Healthy eating and regular exercise is the best way to ensure that your body is working in tip-top shape. Here are some helpful tips to keep your on-the-go life healthy this school year:

  • Have “grab-n-go” fruits available at a moment’s notice. Try keeping a bowl of apples, oranges, or bananas in an easily accessible area for a quick snack.
  • Pre-cut and wash vegetables like celery, carrots, and cucumbers for easy snacking.
  • Stock your desk, car glove box, and kids’ backpacks with healthy, non-perishable treats.
  • Take a family walk every night after dinner to catch up on the school day.
  • Organize a school activity to promote physical activity, like a jump rope contest or kickball game.

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The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recommend that children and adolescents aged 6-17 years should have 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day.
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