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Share your top tips for getting the whole family to embrace a healthier lifestyle with Disney’s #HealthilyEverAfter campaign - £300 Disney store voucher to be won- NOW CLOSED

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RebeccaEMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Feb-16 14:20:02

As part of the Disney Healthy Living campaign, this week Disney are launching their new #HealthilyEverAfter week. They’d love to hear about what your top tips are for encouraging your family to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Here’s what Disney says “We know parents can find it a challenge to ensure their children are eating well and being active - and when they are trying to get their whole family to develop good habits, we believe Disney can help make it fun and simple. The #HealthilyEverAfter campaign uses the power of our stories and characters to inspire these behaviours and encourage parents to share their tips with other families around the UK”

So, how do you encourage your family to embrace a healthier lifestyle? Maybe you’ve created some fun games to get your DCs to keep active? Or perhaps you try to make sure your children are getting a balanced diet and try new foods? Whatever you do to encourage your family to be healthy Disney would love to hear about it.

For more information on the Disney Healthily Ever After campaign and how can you use Disney as inspiration to encourage your family to be healthy, take a look at the video below:

Please note: Disney may well use your anonymous comments on their website, on social media as well as possibly elsewhere.

Everyone who adds a comment will be entered in to a prize draw where one winner will receive a £300 Disney Store voucher.

Thanks & good luck,

bettythebuilder Mon 08-Feb-16 14:37:04

I get the family to exercise by doing fun activities. We love roller disco nights (and it's an all-year round activity, as it's indoors at a local sports hall) and treasure trails which are walks where you have to find clues and solve mysteries.

We've all eaten more fruit and veg since we started growing our own, dd was converted to beans, mange tout and sugar snap peas when we were harvesting them from our own garden!

RichardHead Mon 08-Feb-16 15:24:46

Basically turning everything into a competition.

Who can grab the apple first gets to eat it.

Who can run the fastest.

Referring to healthy food as a treat rather than a bribe for sweets/chocolate (need to practice what I preach here)

PosieReturningParker Mon 08-Feb-16 17:34:08

Exercise buys minutes on devices.

purplepandas Mon 08-Feb-16 18:02:45

Getting to think of creative ways to serve fruit and veg. If I can involve them in said creations then even better. Gelled warm pineapple had been well received as have smoothies we make.

CwtchyQ Mon 08-Feb-16 18:41:02

We go on long family walks round different forests and historical places - DD loves getting out and about. Though she doesn't have a clue where we are as she's not even 2 yet, but it keeps it varied and interesting for me and my DH!

forkhandles4candles Mon 08-Feb-16 18:51:58

Lots of walks, with great endpoints, the zoo, castles, rivers. And lots off encouragement to go meatless when do Will allow it.

Theimpossiblegirl Mon 08-Feb-16 19:00:17

Keep it fun and don't keep going on about everything being healthy. We are a lot more active recently (walks, swimming etc.) and I have made some small but effective changes to our diet, but I haven't made a big deal of it. That way, no-one can feel the need to rebel against the changes.

Maddaddam Mon 08-Feb-16 19:11:53

A little bit drastic for some, but we moved from a city where we needed 2 cars every day for work/commuting etc to a new area where we didn't need a car every day and could cycle and walk more. Now we all cycle to work/school so everyone is active in day to day commuting.

booksrock Mon 08-Feb-16 19:15:02

Football on a Saturday. Geo catching is more fun than going for a walk. We eat well by doing veggie alternatives of some meals

PeppaPigStinks Mon 08-Feb-16 20:08:43

We cycle to school - DD is upmost put out if we need to go in the car now. So for her, cycling has become a normal way of getting there.

We do geocaching- or treasure hunting to get the children enthused about being out.

We have a dog so use the dog as a way of getting out in all weathers

I've also taught my 4 year old about the five a day. We often work out if she has had enough - and if she hasn't she chooses something to make the count higher. We have beg sticks for snacks as well.

I also hide veggies in everything I cook! Spag bol, chilli and meatballs can hide at least five or six vegetables!!

Noeuf Mon 08-Feb-16 21:03:26

Present food as fact - don't get into lengthy discussions over the merits of broccoli versus chocolate every meal time.
However, do explain more than weight - teeth, skin, energy levels are all important
Buy loads of unusual fruit, cut into pieces, draw up a chart and score them all out of ten. Do this with four reluctant and fussy children and then record the results and make it into a game. Non fussy, and well adjusted children may also be used.
Just eat normally and have sugary or fatty foods rarely. Look forward to other things like broccoli and grated cheese or water melon. Avoid food as a reward - I hate this so much. Dh kept buying sweets for them so I made him do sweetie day on a Saturday instead. And rewards are a cuddle, a story, a walk, a trip out, a book, first choice of tv etc.

CMOTDibbler Mon 08-Feb-16 22:14:50

We do our activities together - parkrun, cycle, ,swim, walk the dogs and its part of our life now.

MumOnTheRunCatchingUp Mon 08-Feb-16 22:44:55

Geocaching....for tots to teens! They all love to geocache. And definitely parkrun and junior parkrun

For older children we also entered many colour runs as we can!

TheWoodenSpoonOfMischief Tue 09-Feb-16 07:00:54

We make activity fun too.
Park, long walks with picnics or hot choc in a flask in winter, lots of ball games, cycling, kite flying and ice skating.
The kids have some organised activity - football and a martial art.
Food wise, We usually have home made meals with lots of veg or salad and lots of fruit in the fruit bowl that the kids can help themselves too.
Luckily the kids like soup so I make it quite often during the colder months and use lots of veg in it.

asuwere Tue 09-Feb-16 10:15:06

We do try to walk as much as possible as a family and if we can avoid using the car, then we do. Also, the DC are encouraged to play outside after school, they only have limited time on consoles/TV. If we watch a movie, they love having a slush made from flavoured water rather than sweets/popcorn. Also, I think eating as a family at the table is important.

Titsalinabumsquash Tue 09-Feb-16 10:24:29

We use simple things like getting the kids to find a recipe, but he ingredients and cook it, we discuss what they're choosing and why and they tend to make healthy choices.
We also make little things into adventures, a trip to town that could be 10 mins in the car will turn into a walk to town finding things to see on the way (we're lucky that we have a beautiful harbour with ducks, swans and geese) we might find a new route or see if we can beat our time.

We go to the market I town and buy the fruit/veg and meat for the dinner that day and then get the train home.

We all keep active, we all make decisions on what we're eating and we take time to look, feel, smell and talk about the food we're buying and then we go home and cook it and sit around the dinner table as a family and eat and discuss our adventure.

MakeTeaNotWar Tue 09-Feb-16 10:59:47

Don't buy shit food - if it's not in the house, then they can't eat it. Lots of fruit and beg, walk to school, play in the garden.

Maplessglobe Tue 09-Feb-16 11:42:18

It's pretty simple in some ways. Kids learn by watching us. Modelling healthy behaviours is therefore key. My kids love to join me on a run so I pick them up at the end of a run for a quick jog around the block. They 'join in' if I am doing Pilates or HIIT. They see me eating spinach and kale and join in with that, too. They help with the cooking as well, which I think is teaching them vital skills for their futures.

PurpleThermalsNowItsWinter Tue 09-Feb-16 12:02:44

Be their example. I go to the gym and run with the dog. I'll also race them at the park or join in a game of rounders with friends & their children at large group picnics. Dd has seen photos of when I danced, now she dances. Ds has seen pictures of his father and I in school athletics competitions, now he spends Saturdays at an athletics academy (dd isn't old enough to join yet). They both swim. I praise them for trying and try to notice if they do something really well and single it out. For example, last night dd swam a full width on her back (4yrs) and Ds swam butterfly for the first time.
We get out as much as possible, local parks, the beach & the woods. There's nothing wrong with putting them outside in the garden when bored either, they usually end up making up a game and playing in the mud even though they have a trampoline and swings.

itshappenedagain Tue 09-Feb-16 12:21:55

We go climbing and trampolining as a family once a week, the children don't think of it as exercise.
Also getting them involved in cooking and food shopping. They live making pasta sauces that we make in a big batch and the freeze. They also enjoy making flapjacks, with fruit rather than sugar.
Also buying more fruit and veg and having it out ready fir them to have as a snack rather than sweets of fatty food. smile

Gazelda Tue 09-Feb-16 12:42:01

We take advantage of council-run nature walks and activities. We've done bird-spotting, bat walks, butterfly hunts and more. It inspires interest in DD who then wants to replicate the activity with her friends in our garden and the local park.
We try to eat healthy, and I encourage DD to help me with my online shop and try to spot new foods to try. I've got lots of healthy recipe books which she loves to explore and requests meals that she likes the look of (which I never refuse, even though cooking from scratch can often be a challenge during the working week!).

supermariossister Tue 09-Feb-16 13:27:18

we do a lot of community events not just the fun days but as i volunteer the children will help on litter picks or leaflet posting, it gets them out in the fresh air and meeting new people.

currently we are doing a lot of choosing new meals, some are a hit some arent but at least they have some input into what we try.

Teladi Tue 09-Feb-16 15:10:50

We like to go swimming together. I don't have a car so walking everywhere is normal! I sometimes talk about how I choose the meals we eat to make sure we have a balanced diet.

ditsygal Tue 09-Feb-16 18:17:49

Fruit is a "treat" in our house, and our toddler loves it! I get him involved in the shopping and cooking and so he is excited by even the healthiest of meals that he has made!
We also go for lots of walks, and get him on his balance bike and scooter lots.
We swim weekly and he loves to play outside what ever the weather - you just need good waterproof's in England!

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