This month is National Physical Fitness and Sports and Month. Honestly, I wish it was called something less intimidating, like National Recess and Fun Month.
Fitness and sports brings to mind images of sweat, pain and athletic drills. For that 30 percent of the population that report not getting any physical activity, a month of recess and fun might get them moving more. Whatever your current activity level, here are a dozen ways to get a “fitness move on,” have fun, and celebrate with the kids this month.
1. Take the dog on long walks.
2. Ride bikes or play ball after dinner.
3. Park farther away from the store and walk.
4. Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
5. Dance with your kids. Learn one of their moves and teach them an “old school” step.
6. Walk your kids to school or walk to work.
7. Ask your kids to help with active chores around the house or in the yard.
8. Sign your kids up for community sports or lessons.
9. Walk along the sidelines at your kids’ sports events.
10. Play freeze tag outside.
11. Choose dancing or fitness video games for the kids.
12. Include “Minute Moves” into your day. When everyone is feeling low, stressed or bored, shout, "Minute Move." Everyone stops what they are doing and moves for 60 seconds—walking, dancing, whatever. Just have fun.
Cooking also gets you moving more. Grab the kids and make the Crispy Taquitos to celebrate National Fitness and Sports Month. After the meal, get a “fitness move on” and have fun. You’ll be steps closer to a healthier lifestyle.
Nozella Brown, M.S., is a Family and Consumer Sciences educator for Kansas State Research and Extension, Wyandotte County. Follow her on Twitter @WyCoSnapEd.
Makes: 4 servings
2 cups Pico de Gallo
½ cup chicken (cooked, finely chopped)
½ cup corn (no salt added, canned or frozen, thawed)
¼ cup green onion (chopped)
¼ cup bell pepper (green, chopped)
½ cup cheddar cheese (shredded, reduced fat, or Monterey jack or queso fresco)
12 corn tortillas
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Wash hands and cooking surfaces. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup Pico de Gallo, chicken, corn, green onion, bell pepper and cheese. Soften tortillas on the stovetop or in the microwave oven, and spoon a heaping tablespoon of filling onto the center of each tortilla. Roll up tightly and secure each with a toothpick. Place rolled tortillas seam side down on a baking sheet and brush each lightly with oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned. Place three taquitos on each plate and serve with remaining Pico de Gallo.
Nutritional information for 3 taquitos: 290 calories; 7g total fat; 1.5g saturated fat; 0g trans fat; 20mg cholesterol; 46g carbohydrates; 7g fiber; 6g sugars; 240mg sodium; 15g protein; 20% Vitamin A; 60% Vitamin C; 15% calcium; 10% iron.
Cost: $3.58 per recipe or $0.89 per serving