A Tip to be Happier and Healthier

Getting outdoors makes kids happier and healthier.

Its been a little over one month since New Year’s Day, how are those New Year’s resolutions going? According to a study, about 45% of Americans usually make a New Year’s resolution. Can you guess what the number one goal is? Here are the top ten:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Getting organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Staying fit and healthy
  6. Learn something exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others in their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

Notice how many of them have to do with health and wellness!

H.E.A.R.T. Healthy Initiative

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois started a new initiative to support staff in their goals of being healthy called, H.E.A.R.T. Healthy (H.E.A.R.T. represents some of our main goals through the words Healthy, Eat, Action, Rest, Time). The hope is to give staff easy tips towards a holistic approach to wellness.

One fantastic tip for you to try is a new movement, Instant Recess. Lately with the cold temperatures, it’s been so easy to get home, curl up into a recliner and stay there for the rest of the night!

Can you think of the last time your family has been active together?

While its hard to get outside when its this cold out, check out this cute video made by kids to help you learn the idea behind the Instant Recess and get your family up and moving!

Girl Scout camp and health

Being healthy is a year round goal. Girl Scout camp is a great way to get your girls up and moving this summer! Research shows that time spent in the outdoors helps children be healthier and happier and is essential to their cognitive development. Girls learn leadership and teamwork as well as develop life skills that last a lifetime. Give your daughter opportunities to experience the outdoors this summer, sign her up for Girl Scout summer camp at www.GirlScoutsToday.org/camp today!

P.S. For all of you who are research minded, you can read a full report on children’s experiences in the outdoors here:
http://www.childrenandnature.org/downloads/CECCNNWorldwideResearch.pdf

About Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

We build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
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