Oklahoma City Indian Clinic promotes health and wellness for children.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, wants to promote mental and physical health for children of all ages.
Every Kid Healthy Week will be observed April 24-28, 2023 to encourage families to take action and improve the health and wellness of their children. Here are five fun ways to get your family started on the path to better health.
Take brain breaks: A brain break is a quick physical activity that allows your brain and body to reset after a long period of hard mental work. This can include yoga, jumping jacks or even a short dance party. Both children and adults can benefit from brain breaks, so try out different activities to see what works best for your family.
Cook a healthy meal together: Giving your children an age-appropriate kitchen task, like setting the table or stirring a bowl, builds confidence and encourages adventurous eating. Remember to eat meals together with no distractions so you can enjoy your meal. Find low-cost, healthy recipes here: okcic.com/programs/sdpi/okcic-cooking/
Get plenty of exercise: In addition to benefiting your overall health, exercise produces stress-relieving hormones. Pick an activity your family enjoys and incorporate it into your daily routine. One unique way to ensure your family gets enough physical activity is to track each family member’s steps, then crown a champion at the end of the day. There are various activity apps that track that information for you and give you an option to compete between friends and family automatically, including Samsung Health, FitBit and more.
Explore the outdoors: Spending time outside can improve your mood and attention span. Visiting local parks or hiking trails are a great way for families of all ages to enjoy the fresh air and warm weather. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before spending time outdoors.
Sign up for health and wellness programs near you: OKCIC offers a variety of youth camps, after-school programs and fitness and health education classes for all ages. These programs offer exciting and educational experiences for patients. Learn more: okcic.com/programs/hpdp-health-promotion-disease-prevention/
About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 21,000 patients from over 220 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.