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  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
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Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

How to Keep Your Kids Motivated Through Winter

Published in Lifestyle Health, Pediatrics, For the Health of It, Exercise Author: Maddie Schug, Lifestyle Health Coach

It’s winter in Minnesota, the holiday hustle and bustle are over and the kids are more than likely getting stir crazy!

When we hit colder months, it can get tricky to find activities for your kids to do. We tend to get caught up in thinking about the weather as a barrier to outdoor activity. Outdoor activity has been proven to have multiple benefits for both kids and parents, so let’s grab our boots, coats, hats and mittens and put some fun back into it!

Some of the most common winter activities you and your child can participate in together are sledding, building a snowman, snowshoeing, ice skating and even ice fishing! Other fun activities you can do with your child might be making snowball targets, which involves setting a target on a tree and having a contest to see who can hit the bullseye. Have a full-filled day with spray paint art! Put food coloring and water in a spray bottle and let your kids be creative in the snow! Building a snowman also is a way to help your kids be active. Take a turn trying to toss a hat on the snowman’s head!

There are a few things you may want to consider as you get ready to bring your family outside in the winter:

  • Avoid cotton as a base layer. Cotton absorbs moisture, which when exposed to the cold temperatures can lose its insulating ability. The best practice is to wear a moisture wicking material, such as polyester or spandex, as a base layer.
  • Wear layers, and have warm, dry clothing available for after playing outside.
  • Wear sunscreen on exposed skin! It is still possible to have sunburn in the winter months.