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Media Health Matters

June 2016

Outrun the Sun!

Research shows that playing outside can help kids’ healthy physical, social and emotional development! Take advantage of the longer days and extra sunshine this summer by getting active outdoors with your child. Visit a park, beach, lake, hikeable mountain or even your own backyard! 

While out and about try encouraging one or all of these healthy kinds of healthy play:
  • Pretend play or imaginative play – Become knights in a forest, or turn an inflatable inner tube into a life raft while hungry sharks swim below!  

  • Play with adults – let grandma judge an “Olympic bubble blowing competition”, or challenge your kids to a water balloon toss!

  • Physical activity and exploration –  help teens organize a game of ultimate frisbee with their friends, or let kids wander around the backyard with a magnifying glass to see what they can find.

  • Storytelling – gather around a campfire and let the creativity fly with funny tall tales!

CMCH Summer Guide

Check out our guide for fun healthy activity ideas
 for the whole family 
this summer!

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