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School's (Almost) Out! Get a Healthy Head Start on Summer Fun!
School schedules are a bit lighter and the weather's getting a whole lot better.

It's time to relax a little and enjoy activities that are healthy and fun for the whole family. We've rounded up food and fitness ideas you can do on weeknights or weekends.

No kids? No problem! Anyone can take a breather and join the fun.

What to Do on a Weeknight
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Picnic in the yard. Spread out a blanket in the backyard and share a simple homemade picnic of PBJs on whole-wheat bread, baked sweet potato chips, fresh fruit and fat-free milk. If it's raining, hold your picnic on the family room floor.
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Enjoy some extra daylight. After dinner, head outside for a walk or bike ride. Or, play summery games like tag, hopscotch or jump rope.
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Catch some baseball. Take in a big league or little league game and score a homerun with a bag of fresh roasted peanuts to share. Of course, great for weekends, too!
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See a movie. The kids will love the treat of a weekday movie. In the morning, set up the slow cooker with a favorite recipe so you can eat dinner quickly and catch an early show. Or just rent a video to watch at home.
What to Do on a Weekend
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Take a hike. Hit the closest nature trail for some fresh scenery and a brisk hike. Keep everyone fueled up with a homemade "trail mix" of raisins, peanuts and whole-grain cereal plus bottles of water to quench thirst.
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Walk and learn. Visit a nearby museum, planetarium or aquarium for some fun education–and a whole lot of walking. Some libraries lend family passes for free admission–check it out!
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Hit the road. Take a day trip to explore a nearby city or historical site. Pack a cooler with a wholesome lunch like turkey and low-fat cheese sandwiches on whole-grain bread, cherry tomatoes and a fruit salad from our deli. Add some snacks such as fat-free yogurt cups, fresh fruit, almonds and whole-grain cereal bars. Don't forget ice or a freeze-pack to keep foods cool!
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Splash around. Beach, lake or pool, nothing is more refreshing than swimming on a hot day. Play Marco Polo with your kids, have swimming relay races or bodysurf in the waves. Cool off with frozen yogurt cones all around.