Christmas Gifts that Promote Activity and Nutrition

by SPARK


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With childhood obesity at the forefront of parents’ and teachers’ concerns, it’s only natural that the commodities on the market around the holidays would follow suit. Here are some great gift ideas that will promote physical activity and good nutrition.

Kids

Video Games: There are plenty of exercising video games available for every gaming console on the market. A few of the most popular items are listed below.

  • WiiFit – KidFit Island Resort, Nickelodeon Fit, EA Sports Active
  • Xbox Kinect – Dance Central, Your Shape, Joy Ride
  • Playstation Move – Sports Champions, Sorcery

Toys: There’s no better way to encourage kids to get up and move than with traditional, fun activities. If you are looking for the perfect gift for your kids, consider setting up an area in your backyard for one of these great toys!

  • Trampoline
  • Swing Set
  • Tire Swing
  • Hula hoop
  • Jump Rope
  • Bicycle
  • Sled
  • Inline Skates

Visit www.sparkpe.org/store to purchase your favorite exer-gaming systems or sports equipment for a friend, family member, or any kid you know!

Adolescents and Adults

Generic:

  • Yoga Mat
  • Exercise Ball
  • Weight Bench
  • Pilates/Yoga DVDs

Nutrition: It’s hard to encourage healthy eating without being forceful, but here are a few great ways to help your friends change their ways!

Fruit of the Month Club – There are many different fruit of the month clubs all across the country. Find one that supplies fresh, local fruits in the area of the recipient, then sign them up! Consider fruit every other month or so if you want to ease them into it!

Food Steamer – A great and healthy way to cook anything from vegetables to chicken is with a food steamer. You can even find some that will steam your eggs! Recipients will be excited to make every meal healthier with an easy food steamer.

Gadgets: For those friends that are already active, or are trying to monitor their workouts, these gadgets are a great way to get them excited about exercising!

GPS Watch, Pedometers, and Cadence Monitor – Great for runners, bikers, and swimmers, these pacers and monitors can store many work outs at a time, and give all beginners a great way to see improvement.

Heart Monitor – If losing weight is the goal, heart monitors help you keep track of how hard you’re working.

Safety Light – Many of us get discouraged in the cold winter months when the sun sets so early, but a great way to encourage your friends to get biking, running, or walking after work is to provide a safety light or vest! This eliminates the excuses!

Visit www.sparkpe.org/store for a great selection of pedometers or other fitness equipment.

Any Age

Traditional Sports Equipment: No kids can say no to traditional sports equipment. Whether you just get a football and cones, or sport-specific training equipment, anything that gets encourages fun activity will do!

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