Labor Day Backyard Triathlon: Family Fun for Cancer Prevention

You’ve stocked up on school supplies, the backpacks are loaded and you’re bidding farewell to summer with a Labor Day picnic. Why not kick-off a new season for family health and fitness? Give your kids a healthy head start for life – help them learn to make smart eating and physical activity choices, both important to lower risk for many cancers and other chronic diseases.son and mother are doing exercises in the park

On Tuesday, Melissa Halas-Liang shared terrific ideas for getting kids involved in healthier eating – try some of those tips at your picnic. And you can get your children moving more this weekend with just a little planning and equipment that you probably have on hand.

Family Backyard Triathlon: gather enough jump ropes for each participant, a whistle and a timer. Spread everyone out in your yard or the park, issue a jump rope to each participant and begin:

  1. Blow the whistle to start the rope jump event. Aim for an age appropriate number of minutes, then blow the whistle when time is up. Cheer and applaud!
  2. Demonstrate how to do a plank (or push-ups or yoga pose if you prefer). Whistle to start and challenge everyone to hold the pose for as long – or do as many push-ups – as they can. When everyone is done, stand up and do some deep breathing before exchanging high fives.
  3. Finally, start the timer and blow the whistle for the jumping jack event. You can set a time, or allow everyone to do jumping jacks as long as they are able.

Completing a triathlon deserves a prize! Let the kids keep the jump rope or give them something like sidewalk chalk and show them how to play Hopscotch.

What will you do for family fitness this weekend?


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