What happens when summer break is spent on the couch instead of outside? Studies show that children gain the most weight in the summer, growing closer to obesity levels. How is that possible, when the beautiful Hawaiian landscape is begging for adventure?
Plan a day doing one of these fun and healthy activities to get your kids moving:
Hiking the Islands
Hiking is a great workout, which in turn is good for your child’s smile. People who regularly exercise are less likely to have gum disease – encouraging activity now can lead to a healthier smile throughout their life.
Here are some of our favorite kid-friendly hikes:
• Manoa Falls Trail | Honolulu
• Diamond Head State Monument | Honolulu
• Twin Falls | Maui
• Pololu Valley | Big Island
Summer camp has many benefits for children, including leadership development, social skills, self-esteem and gaining knowledge of interests. Summer camps can be intellectually stimulating, or they can focus more on physical activity. Both are healthy for your child’s development. Find a summer camp for your child today.
Summer Sports Programs
Another way to encourage your little ones to get moving is to enroll them in a summer sports program. Letting them choose which sport they want to participate in is a good way for them to be encouraged to go. Exercise is good for your child’s body and mind, plus studies show that kids who play multiple sports are less likely to be overweight.
Encouraging your child to be active is easier when it is fun. Hiking as a family, going to camp and playing on a sports team are just a few ways that your child can get moving this summer.