Healthy half-term activities for young people in North Lincolnshire being encouraged by NHS
HEALTH bosses at NHS Yorkshire and Humber are encouraging children to have a healthy half term by getting out and about.
Even when it's still cold outside there are still plenty of activities to get moving, such as going for a swim at the local pool or a cycle ride, which are great fun for all the family as well as being healthy.
Andrew Clark, acting regional director of public health for NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, said:"Most children love running around, and half-term is the perfect opportunity for families to get out and about together, having fun and staying healthy.
"Best of all, there are lots of free activities for families to try, such as walking or biking, or simply playing ball games in the park that mean you don't have to break the bank.
"Exercise burns lots of that excess energy kids can have, keeps them happy, and helps them grow strong muscles and bones. It also helps them to maintain a healthy weight, which is really important in reducing the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer in later life."
Here's a list of activities to keep the kids occupied come rain or shine:
SHINE – some outdoor activities for when the sun is shining (or it's not raining at least):· Go on a cycle ride with all the family· Go for a walk in the park· Play 'tag' – the old fashioned games are sometimes the best· A penalty shoot-out is always good fun· Make an obstacle course in the back garden or have your own 'boot camp'.
RAIN – For when rain stops play:· Build a den indoors· Go for a swim at your local pool or leisure centre· Play indoor games such as ten-pin bowling or badminton· Play musical chairs – it's not just for a party!· Find the alarm clock – set the alarm clock to go off and then hide it around the house. The kids' challenge is to find it before it goes off.· Have a bushtucker trial – buy some fruit and veg that the kids haven't tried before, blindfold them and ask them to guess what it is.· Sit down and have a healthy meal together – making time for a family meal means the meal is more likely to be home-made and nutritionally better.