This latest installment of the FitRec Family Focus Series is focused on keeping it simple when trying to keep your family healthy during cold and flu season.  Information from this installment of FitRec Family Focus is brought to you by Sam Dellaportas.  Sam is currently a FitRec group fitness instructor and personal trainer.  She is an ACE certified fitness & nutrition specialist, who was also a pediatric ICU nurse for 15 years.  Sam uses her expertise from the fitness, nutrition and medical field to keep herself and her family healthy. Check out her great suggestions below!

Also, be sure to check out Sam’s youth programs in KidRec. Over Winter Break, KidRec will be hosting two mini camps – Cheer & Ninja camp! If you are interested in registering for any of these upcoming special events, stop by our Membership Services desk.

SCHOOL’S OUT CAMP – Dec. 23, 27 & 30, Jan. 2-3, 2020 – Members – $25, Non-members – $35 (per day)

Come play at KidRec during school holidays! Activities include:  arts & crafts, indoor swimming, and recreational games. Available on dates above for children ages 5-13 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT – Friday, Dec. 20 – Winter Wonderland – Members – $15, Non-members – $25

Enjoy a night out, while your kids are entertained at KidRec.  We will stay busy with games, music, movies and snacks.  See date and theme above.  The event will take place from 5-8 pm.  Ages 3-12 (children must be potty trained).  Registration required one week before event.

CHEER & POM  – Dec. 30-31 & Jan. 2-3, 2020 – 9:30-11 a.m. – CANCELLED

Teaches Foundational aspects of cheerleading and Pompon.  Incorporates fundamental cheer skills including motions, cheers, and basic tumbling. Highlights strength, flexibility, and performance skills with dance technique. Participants will perform their routine at the end of camp!  Open to ages 4-10.  Registration required one week before event.

ULTIMATE NINJA CAMP – Dec. 30-31 & Jan. 2-3, 2020 – 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – CANCELLED

An obstacle-filled curriculum that incorporates basic martial arts, tumbling, and cross-training to gain your “Ninja” skills. Develops ninja and military-style strength, speed, flexibility, and impulse control. Utilizes standard obstacle equipment and a rock wall, as well as the technology-advanced “X-room.”  Open to ages 4-10.  Registration required one week before event.

KEEPING it Simple can KEEP your family healthy through Cold and Flu Season

We have all been there, your plan for the week is packed with things that need to get done like work, shopping, appointments and exercise. Just as you get started, your little one suddenly looks like a tired, sneezy, snotty, whiny, wet noodle. “Not now!” you think as the thermometer beeps red and the crying begins. At this point, you start wondering how you and your life will make it through cold and flu season.  When I get to this stage, I fall back on the years of pediatric nursing and my own experience as a mom to remember that keeping it simple is the best way to protect your kids from germs and not go crazy during cold and flu season.

Keep it Simple

Tip #1 – Remember, this is NORMAL. Your child fighting through their most recent infection is just as normal as them growing an inch or losing a tooth. Research shows that most kids three and under catch up to six – eight colds a year.

Tip #2 – Wash hands frequently. We all know kids touch (and sometimes lick) EVERYTHING. Viruses can last up to 30 minutes on hands, toys and clothing; so it is paramount to stop the transmission of illness before it starts. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds (length of alphabet song) or use alcohol-based sanitizer.

Tip #3 – Because having a working immune system is part of being healthy and human, it is more important to maintain a basic healthy lifestyle for your child than discovering and paying for expensive supplements or solutions. Solid nutrition with real whole food, predictable and consistent sleeping patterns and appropriate stress coping skills including exercise have all been proven to prevent illness.

Tip # 4 – Strongly consider getting the flu shot. The flu shot is one of the best ways to help protect yourself and those around you, particularly those with weak immune systems, like children and the elderly. At least 20,000 kids under five are hospitalized each year from flu complications. Although, I had taken care of these cases in the pediatric intensive care unit for 15 years, the scariness of having a kid in the hospital did not hit home until I was a mom myself.

Tip #5 – Follow your instincts and common sense when they do get sick. Use doctor-directed Tylenol and ibuprofen to manage fever and pain. Push fluids with popsicles and chicken noodle soup. Use a drop of saline and bulb syringe to unclog infant’s nose (everyone hates it, but nothing beats a clear airway). Try cool mist humidifiers to ease respiratory symptoms.

Look for more FitRec Family Focus Series installments on the FitRec website in late December.  To learn more about our KidRec program at FitRec, click HERE.  Happy Holidays from FitRec and KidRec!