Children’s Health Education & Habits New Mexico – Kohl’s Healthy Kids
Kohl’s Healthy Kids is dedicated to helping parents, kids, and educators learn more about the issues impacting New Mexico’s youth. We want New Mexico’s youth to be excited and have the knowledge to live a happy and healthy life. In collaboration with the UNM Children’s Hospital we are working to educate the community on how we can help our future live healthy. We offer tips, recipes, doctor profiles, and more! Together we can raise the healthiest generation yet in New Mexico.
At Kohl’s Healthy Kids NM we want New Mexico’s children to be the healthiest they can be. Our mission is to put a spotlight on the issues impacting today’s youth and provide options to overcome them. We provide the best resources and ideas to give parents and caregivers ideas on how to get kids active and live an all-around healthy lifestyle!
In 2011, the obesity rate for 10-17 year olds in New Mexico was over 14 percent. By encouraging kids to get off the couch and put down the controller we can start to lower that rate. Whether it’s going outside for 30 minutes to be active or going for a family bike ride, getting daily exercise can make a world of difference. Exercise isn’t the only factor in creating a more healthy lifestyle, why not implement more healthy habits!
Fun & Easy Recipes
Eating healthy is more fun for kids if they help make the meal or after-school snack! Make healthy eating fun, by incorporating more kid friendly recipes into your routine and get them to help you! How about some celery, peanut butter, and raisins to make ants on a log instead of the giant chocolate chip cookie they usually eat when they get home?
3 Easy Steps to a Healthier Life
More activity can make a huge different in a child’s life. Today, many kids spend too much time in front of the television and not enough time enjoying the outdoors and being active. Small things like walking the dog and making physical activity a routine in your families day can make a difference.
Healthy eating is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. We know it can be hard to put down the cookie, but maybe you can opt for an apple instead. Getting kids involved in making healthy can help them learn to enjoy it! Teaching New Mexico’s youth the importance of eating healthy can have a lasting effect on their lives.
Balance Activities & Food
Energy and calories are the same thing. Your body takes in energy when you eat and expends energy when you are physically active. Finding the balance between what you intake and what you expend is important, just like what you are eating. A healthy lifestyle is more than just eating right and exercising, it’s a combination of both.
10 Fun Ways to Spend Time Outdoors
Visit the Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta is truly a sight to behold! Every year people from around the world participate in this annual tradition. When was the last time the entire family woke up early, packed healthy snacks, and visited the balloon fiesta? It’s time to bundle up and take pictures of all the cool balloons!
Build a Snowman
If the weather is permitting, a snowman can be the best way to bring the family together. Snowman building is a great way to show teamwork. Have everyone work together to create a one-of-a-kind snowman! Don’t forget to take pictures!
Visit a Museum
New Mexico is packed with a variety of museums! Spend an afternoon discovering the wonders of science at ¡Explora! Science Center and Children’s Museum or learning about dinosaurs at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. The possibilities are endless!
Take a Hike
A family hiking trip is best suited for a cool Autumn day. Be sure to prepare and pack all the appropriate gear for the great outdoors. Hiking in New Mexico is filled with jaw dropping views of nature so don’t forget to bring a camera!
Tic-Tac-Toe in the Snow
You know the classic game, now change it up for the Winter! Using a stick outline the game board in the snow and use sticks and pine cones as the game pieces.
Snowball Throwing Contest
Next time there’s snow on the ground, simply find a cardboard box, draw a target, and let the games begin! Always make sure to bundle up when spending time outdoors as New Mexico Winters can be just as cold as they are beautiful.
Perhaps one of the more time-consuming items on this list. Skiing can be a fun and relaxing trip for the entire family! Make sure to get professional skiing lessons before attempting to ski for the first-time and always have professional supervision.
Ride the Tram
We always hear stories about Albuquerque residents and families never riding the famous Sandia Peak Tram. Pictures and stories do not do the wonders of this experience any justice! This year spend an afternoon looking at Albuquerque from above!
Feed the Birds
A very simple and easy to do activity! Simply hollow out an orange and fill it with seeds and watch the birds flock to your home! Make sure to keep replenishing the seeds, you don’t want to disappoint your new friends!
What was once a burden can be turned into a fun activity! Take turns with your children and shovel your sidewalk and driveway! Everyone can then enjoy a safe home environment!
Kohl’s Cares gives back to the community through money, resources, talent and time. Through the program they support kids’ health and education, advancing environment solutions, supporting women’s health, and associates in action. Kohl’s Cares has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to support kids’ health and education through their cause merchandise program.
The UNM Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated Children’s Hospital in New Mexico. The doctors at the academic medical center give the most advanced pediatric care in the state and for about 60,000 children with a wide range of illness and disabilities. It is also part of the University of New Mexico Health Services Center.