If you have a technology related item near the top of your holiday or birthday wish list, you’re not alone. Many adults and children ask for some form of technology which might be a tablet, TV, smart phone, video game, etc. Although these forms of technology might sound great and are okay to use every once in a while, too much sedentary behavior and screen time negatively impacts health in numerous ways. Before making a purchase that will encourage more screen time and sitting, consider giving a gift that will keep kids and families active throughout the year!
Ideas for Active Gifts:
- Balls, Frisbees, hula hoops
- Scooters, bikes and riding toys (along with helmet, knee/elbow pads)
- Roller blades or roller skates (along with helmet, knee/elbow pads)
- Sports equipment
- Active music
- Kites or sand box toys
- Active board games
- Family membership to a fitness center, children’s museum, or zoo.
- Fishing poles
- Gardening equipment
- Pair of sneakers
Source: University of Nebraska Extension
By: Ashley Svaty