From the Publisher – February 2024

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Now that all the confetti has settled and the new year is in full swing, it’s time to focus on those fitness and wellness goals at the top of this year’s resolution list. Choosing healthier snacks, drinking more water, getting in some gym time, and fitness classes are on my list this year. Also, finding time to get outside, relax, and breathe in nature.

This year, when thinking about improved health, I want to be purposeful about my weekly goals and a role model for my family to follow. So often, I encourage my children to eat better, exercise more, and get more rest; however, I find myself doing the exact opposite. It reminds me of that old saying, “Do as I say, but not as I do.” Not this year! It is time for me to practice what I preach!

In this month’s feature article, Get Off the Couch and Get Moving!, the author gives some great ideas to get started. As the weather begins to warm up, try getting out of the house for a day at the park, walking and playing. Auburn and Opelika have beautiful parks to explore, which include walking trails, open fields, playground equipment, ponds, and shaded areas. In the 2024 Healthy Kids Guide, you will find a list of all the local parks in our area. Choose a new park each weekend, like Kreher Preserve & Nature Center or Municipal (Monkey) Park, for your outdoor fitness and relaxing family strolls.

Another idea is to get neighbors and friends involved. You can have a fun and healthy afternoon in your cul-de-sac by setting up interactive stations like chalk tic-tac-toe and hopscotch, followed by lawn games and a scavenger hunt. All the neighbors can join in on the fitness games, too. Moms could even set up snack and drink tables filled with healthy and creative treats everyone is sure to love while they cool off and catch their breath.

Are you looking for a unique fitness program that encourages active play? Check out KidStrong in Auburn, where fitness and fun go hand-in-hand. While learning creative movement and strengthening their bodies, your children will also build confidence and character that carries over to their school classrooms.

KidStrong offers structured, science-based classes for children ages 14 months to 11 years old. Also, both Auburn and Opelika Parks and Recreation programs have various health-promoting classes to sign up for. From kids’ sports like soccer and swim teams to tumbling and taekwondo, you will surely find a good fit for your kids and teens.

Remember to be their fitness role models, too! Parents can join Zumba classes, walk the treadmills, run on the outdoor tracks, or try their hand at a pickleball game. The goal is to get moving and build a strong, healthy family together. From one parent to another, here’s to putting health and family first this year.

Kendra Sumner
Author: Kendra Sumner

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From the Publisher – February 2024

by Kendra Sumner time to read: 2 min