Stay fit: Have fun, be healthy

It’s time to get your kids in shape now, before they face serious health problems in the future. You can add excitement and laughter into an activity. Here are some ways you can help your child not only become healthier, but enjoy the process!

• Plan some family outdoor activities. Catching fireflies, passing football, even camping out gets the whole gang moving. Plus, you’re making memories for a lifetime.

• Kids love unusual games. You can check out a book of outdoor games at the library, and play some of the oddest ones. Use a tennis racket and large plastic ball for baseball, a giant exercise ball for kickball, and balloons for volleyball. Simple changes make the game more fun, sometimes downright hysterical!

• Look for a physical hobby — something that requires movement. Gardening is a great one — plant giant pumpkins, King Sunflowers, tomatoes, mini carrots. Check

out a book on carpentry for kids, and let your child learn to build some simple items like birdhouses and feeders.

• You may want to consider investing in one of the large, inflatable waterslides. Some of these inflatable items are surprisingly sturdy and provide hours of physical fun

and exercise.