Many PTAs may think: “How can I possibly think about promoting healthy eating and physical activity during a time of year that brings families together to eat lots of delicious food, watch football, and stay warm and cozy inside?” Families may think: “It’s simply not possible to eat healthy or have time to exercise until after the New Year.” And, everyone may think: “Healthy food tastes bad and exercising is too hard.”
Being committed to health and wellness doesn’t mean being the food or exercise police, serving tasteless meals, or depriving your family of the treats that make the holidays so special and fun. It means creating an environment both at home and at school, every day, that makes the healthy choice the easy choice for our kids. It’s about balancing our calories and moving our bodies.
PTAs across the county are showing their commitment to health and wellness by participating in Fire Up Your Feet, organizing community turkey trots, and hosting healthy cooking classes for families, to name a few. How can this commitment be continued on Thanksgiving, a day dedicated to overeating and napping on the couch in a turkey slumber? The answers may be easier and more enjoyable than you think, and can be applied to everyday, not just the holidays.
I am so thankful for all that you do to keep our kids healthy and safe, and I wish you a very happy holiday season.
Heather Parker is the Senior Manager of Health & Safety for National PTA in Alexandria, VA. Contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.