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Staying active: A family affair

(NC) In many parts of the country, mid-February marks the celebration of Family Day. What better time to think about a family-focused approach to health? Ensuring that your whole family shares a health-first mindset starts with getting active together along with eating wholesome foods. Helene Charlebois, Registered Dietitian and nutrition contributor to offers three tips for staying active with your loved ones this Family Day:

Get Outside! Winter is filled with great activities that can only be enjoyed at this time of year. Spend some time outside together enjoying the activities the season brings. So many winter activities will get your heart pumping and your body moving: dig up your skates and head to your local ice rink for some skating, go tobogganing or hiking through your favourite park, or even just spend time together outside making a snowman and snow angels!

Try a Winter Picnic. Once you've worked up an appetite, it's time for lunch.Conclude your outdoor fun with a delicious picnic lunch – yes, in the winter. Keep it simple and pick up a meal from a local restaurant that offers smarter fare, like Subway. Bring a thermos you can fill with your favourite soup – and don't forget to load your sandwiches with veggies!

Not Ready to Face the Cold? If you're planning to spend Family Day inside this year, try some activities at home that will get your bodies moving! How about a game of Twister or a dance party on your favourite game console? You'll not only benefit from the physical activity, but you're sure to share a lot of laughs along the way. To fuel the fun, plan some healthful snacks like sliced fresh fruit dipped in melted dark chocolate or freshly popped, lightly-buttered popcorn.

Remember – good habits start in childhood. Modelling active behavior and good eating habits will set the tone for your whole family for years to come.

For more tips from Helene on eating smarter, visit

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