Growing up, playing sports and “staying healthy” was not something that was on my parents radar, the way it is for me as a mom now. Of course, our parents wanted us to be healthy in the traditional way — not being sick — and our jobs as kids was to go to school and play — at home, the playground, at the pool, etc. My Chilean parents never thought to put me on a sports team because, they didn’t come from that mindset and healthy eating — wasn’t a “thing” we just… ate.
[This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of National Dairy Council and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions and text are all mine.]
Times have changed, the way in which children grow up has changed and so has the wealth of information available to parents to help guide them when raising children. Because — we all could use a little bit of help!
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program founded by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, that empowers today’s youth to lead healthier lives and provides online resources and hosts events (some with NFL players) to inspire kids.
As a mamá raising bicultural and bilingual children, it’s good to see they’re launching Fuel Up to Play 60 en español with the support from partners like the PepsiCo Foundation.
The program offers resources in Spanish with the aim to get Hispanic parents and communities involved in health and fitness inside and outside of the classroom — something many Hispanic parents, especially recently immigrated may not often see as a priority just as my Chilean parents did.
My husband and I teach our children by being healthy ourselves. They see their papi go for a run every weekend and we will soon see him run a marathon. They see mami going to “hacer ejercicios” at the gym. Last year we ran a 5k as a family — even my 6 year old ran and walked it with me because he wanted to be “just like mami and papi running.”
Something I never saw my parents do but am finding so much fun to do as a familia.