Heart Research UK is getting behind the Government’s new Change4Life ‘Smart Re-start’ campaign which asks families to press the re-start button and commit to choosing healthier habits for the year ahead.
The start of the new school year is an ideal opportunity for people to tackle old or unhealthy habits and ‘Smart Restart’ makes it easy to make simple, fun and easy to achieve changes to school-time routines and improve health and future wellbeing.
Families can sign up to five different healthy changes such as walking to school, incorporating short bursts of extra activity into the day, and making sure children eat a healthy lunch at school – aimed at getting parents and children moving more and eating more healthily.Here are some basics to kick off your ‘Smart Re-start’ activities:
Stretch Your Legs – switch some of your regular car or bus journeys for walking or cycling or park further away than usual and walk the rest of the journey. You could even team up with other parents and start a walking bus.
10-Minute Moves – kids should be active for at least 60 minutes a day to stay healthy. Why not take a football or tennis ball and stop off at the local park or use the school playing field, if possible, for 10 minutes of out-of-school fun on the way to or from school.
Screen-Time Switch - tempt children away from the television, computer screen or games console for 30 minutes a day, by introducing new crafts or hobbies and learn together something new, discovering hidden skills.
Beat the Treats - swap some of your kids’ treats for healthier alternatives; get them to make a fresh fruit salad, pure fruit smoothies or home-baked healthier flapjacks.
Super Lunches - help your kids to go right through the school day with quick and tasty lunches and give them a hand in shopping, choosing and preparing their own healthy lunchboxes.
Give them the best start to this new school year by signing up to the campaign and instilling good healthy habits.
Visit the change4life website for further information about the ‘Start Re-start’ campaign. They’ll soon be grown up and, before you know it, will be passing good lifestyle habits on to their own children.