Games and Activities

Physical Activity for a Healthier Life

Whether you are a youth, a young adult, a baby boomer, or a senior citizen, you need physical activity for a healthier lifestyle.

Visit these web pages for information about adding physical activity to your life:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
The HealthierUS School Challenge 

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

local walking map is also available to help you include physical activity in your routine.

Importance of Play for Children

America is faced with a dangerous epidemic that threatens the health of young people: childhood obesity. Approximately nine million children in the U.S. are considered overweight and are at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Including at least one hour of fun, physical activity into your daily schedule can help to avoid obesity.

Games are a great way to get started. Whether you play in a group or alone, these simple games can promote good health and provide hours of fun.

Games are also a great way to enjoy time together as a family without a lot of planning and expense. Consider playing these old favorites below: They’re tried and true and fun. They can help even adults feel like children again.

Outdoor Group Games

  • Hide and Seek
  • Mother May I
  • Simon Says
  • Tag

Outdoor Games or Activities to Do Alone

  • Jump rope
  • Bean bag toss
  • Shooting basketball hoops
  • Keeping a balloon from touching the ground
  • Kite flying
  • Walking/Jogging
  • Gardening

Indoor Games and Activities to Do Alone

  • Dancing
  • Weightlifting
  • Chair exercises
  • Low-impact aerobics
  • Singing
  • Playing an Instrument
  • Creating art, such as a sculpture or a woodworking project