Every Kid Healthy™ is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. It highlights the important link between physical activity and learning; because healthy kids learn better.

Our community is full of programs and activities that give kids the resources and education to make healthy choices in the food they eat and the activities they participate in.

Eat Local

The Farm to School Program not only brings local food to school lunch, it also focuses on education and the effect local food can have on our community by supporting local farmers and ranchers.

In 2015:

  • 962 students learned about plant lifestyles, pollinators and soil in school gardens.
  • 452 students visited farms, fed goats, pulled carrots and met local farmers.
  • 1778 students cooked with and tasted Montana grown foods.

What you can do to support healthy eating:

  • Schedule a time to have school lunch with your child.
  • Visit Farmer’s Markets.
  • Have kids help you cook meals.
  • Provide fresh, healthy snacks and avoid pre-packaged food.
  • Start a garden—if you don’t have space, you can make a container garden.

Get moving!

It’s easy to lose track of how much time your family spends on a screen. Join in on Screen Free Week, May 2-8. Unplug and spend time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring and connecting with family and friends.

Go for a hike. There are many trails suitable for little legs, here are a few suggestions:

  • Peets Hill
  • Sourdough Trail
  • The “M”
  • Drinking Horse

Hop on your bikes. There are miles of trails throughout Bozeman, and you’ll find some climbing rocks along the way. Check out Main Street to the Mountains for maps.

Cool off. There’s nothing better on a hot day than a cool dip. For a traditional swim, try Bogert Pool. Or for a little “beach” time you can spread out your towel at Glen Lake Park at East Gallatin Recreation Area, locally known as Bozeman Beach. In Belgrade, you’ll find a splash park located at Lewis and Clark Park.

Sign up for summer camp. Bozeman Parks and Recreation has summer camps for all ages. Look in their Spring and Summer Recreation Guide for details. Montana Parent is a good resource for activities and events.

Healthy behaviors aren’t just for kids. Parents and family have the biggest influence on a child, so don’t forget to practice what you preach…