The heart of winter may have arrived, but that doesn't mean staying physically active and attending to overall wellness should suffer, says Adventure to Fitness, creators of the animated streaming in use by up to 10 million kids weekly.
Teachers use the frequently for indoor recess, in addition to "brain breaks." Due to the overwhelming success of the school program in just 3 years, and the high demand from parents, a home program was introduced in 2013.
"As we look toward a long winter ahead, we think it's important that teachers, parents, and kids remember they have just as many options to focus on health and fitness as during the summer," said Michael Rhattigan, CEO of Adventure to Fitness. "With that in mind, we've put out five easy-to-follow recommendations to help kids around the country achieve their wellness goals."
1. Get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. It's ok if you miss a day; nobody is going to be perfect. But try to make up for it with 20 or 30 extra minutes the day. If you're short on ideas, here are some of .
2. Screen time will happen. It is the nature of spending more time inside during the winter. Try to make it productive with a "whitelist" of acceptable educational or interactive options. Use to get kids moving indoors.
3. Be conscious of temperature limits. Below 20 degrees is indoors-only weather. 20-30 degrees is acceptable for outdoor play, but kids must wear extra layers, gloves, hats, and come inside for warming breaks at least every 30 minutes. Above 30 degrees, dress warm and go wild!
4. Teach kids to be aware of winter hazards. Kids have less experience and are at greater risk for injury due to trips and falls. Show them how to sidestep slowly across slippery surfaces, or teach them to spot slush and black ice and avoid it altogether.
5. Germs go into a breeding frenzy in the winter because people spend a lot of time in warm, damp, close quarters. Make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations, including the flu vaccine. Teach your child and require they wash several times daily.
About Adventure to Fitness
Adventure to Fitness (AtoF) is the #1 educational fitness program for kids, reaching 10 million children around the world. Through engaging , interactive games, tips from physicians, informative blog posts and recipes, AtoF's at-home program offers a 360-degree solution to health and wellness education. Used and trusted by over 100,000 teachers, AtoF was developed with input from leading educational, medical and parenting experts. For more information, visit