5 Best Apps to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Active

Teaching kids how to live a healthy lifestyle is often a frustrating task. Exercise is tiring, vegetables don’t taste good, and going to the doctor is scary. It’s no secret that kids love apps though, and there are many entertaining and informational ones that help teach kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle. With a wide range of apps that teach kids how to eat a healthy diet, exercise efficiently, and monitor their health, staying fit becomes vastly more rewarding to kids.

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FitnessKids – iOS ($2.99)

FitnessKids is an app designed to motivate kids to engage in physical activity while having a great time with their friends. The app teaches kids over 25 fun exercises that are both beneficial and fun. Kids won’t even realize they are exercising as they copy the moves displayed on the screen while the colorful visuals and backgrounds stimulate their attention. Competitive scorekeeping is one of the app’s best and most unique features, offering kids the ability to set records in certain exercises and then vie for better scores and times. There are multiple difficulty levels to ensure that the app doesn’t stale quickly.

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Smash Your Food HD – iOS ($2.99)

Smash Your Food HD is an informative app that helps children learn about the true contents of what they put into their bodies. If your kid has a sweet tooth, this app will help them understand how much oil, sugar, and salt they are actually taking in every time they snack. The app is designed to work for each specific individual that uses it by measuring children’s exercise level and age. The app then calculates the target values that each child should consume each day. Children will learn how to measure the amount of oil, sugar, or salt in foods and once they answer correctly, they get to see the food gleefully smashed before their very eyes.

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Inside Your Outside – iOS ($4.99)

Inside Your Outside is a Cat in the Hat app that whimsically takes kids through the human body to teach them about the main functions of each body part. What sets this app apart is the quality that Oceanhouse Media has set as a standard for their Cat in the Hat apps. The pictures are bright, interactive, and informative. There are tons of diagrams to help kids further understand what they are learning, and the book even comes with a built-in narrator for kids who cannot yet read. This app continues the timeless legacy started by Dr.Seuss’ classic books for children while adding a new layer of interactivity.

Super Stretch Yoga HD – iPad (Free)

Super Stretch Yoga HD helps teach kids beginner-level yoga with a fun and interactive program designed to promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Videos are provided to teach each move, but they also tell the story of an animal that will keep kids delighted while learning new moves. This app is surprisingly well-made for a free download, and the quality and variety of the animations are consistently impressive. This app is a great way to exercise with your children. Since the moves taught are relatively simple, the app is a great launching point for a family of yogis!

Kids Mode: Free Games + Lock – Android (Free)

Kids Mode is a brand new app just released on Samsung smartphones that locks phones so that kids cannot access important or sensitive data on the phone. The twist is that it allows children to access age-appropriate games that they can play while the phone is locked, acting as an efficient deterrent and fantastic gaming app. The games are customizable to suit various ages, so a seven-year-old isn’t stuck playing the same games as a three-year-old.

While it may be hard to pass on the occasional Happy Meal, the following apps promote informed decisions that can help every child embrace a healthy lifestyle. The most important factor in your child’s health is YOU, so enjoy these apps with your kids and work toward a long, healthy life together.

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Ten Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping

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1.  Inventory so you won’t overbuy. Go through drawers and closets to inventory your child’s current wardrobe. Sort items that are too small or never get worn at all and donate them to a local charity.  Older children’s acceptable outgrown clothes can go to a younger sibling, if possible.  After determining the number of acceptable outfits you already have, you can make a realistic list of specific items you need to buy.

2.  Plan. The key to saving is planning. Before you leave the house to start buying  school clothes, backpacks and supplies, sit down and plan what you need to buy with your student.  Discuss what your student wants and make a specific list of what they need to buy – this will save money, time and stress. While you are out do not overbuy, it‘s easy to do before you see what your children like. Once the school year is going for a few weeks you can sit down again with your child and plan what they need and prefer.

3. Tax Free can save you up to 10%! Take advantage of tax-free holidays in some states to save the cost of sales tax. http://www.taxadmin.org/fta/rate/sales_holiday.html

4. Check newspapers and websites. Watch for special promotions in the newspaper ad circulars.  Many will have generous coupons in addition to sale prices. Also, check out store websites where you can find great coupons such as www.rackroomshoes.comwww.payless.comwww.shoecarnival.com, www.premiumoutlets.com.

5. Email. When you check your favorite store websites for coupons and promotions also sign up for their email newsletter to get special coupons and discounts. Be sure to subscribe to the email newsletter of your local mall,too.  You will be sent information and free coupons for special promotions.

6. Purchase a few extras now. Watch for sale prices of up to 90% (or even get free items) at this time of year and stock up for the entire year. Look at store ads for grocery stores, drugstores, big box discount stores, and office supply stores. Bargains will continue starting now through September. When a note comes home from the teacher in January requesting more paper or crayons you’ll have extra on-hand.

7. Price Match. Take advantage!  Basic school supplies are at their lowest price during this time of year (50-90% off)—some items are as low as 1 cent each, or even free after a coupon or promotion.  Check the advertising circulars for grocery stores, drugstores, office supply stores and even dollar stores. Find the lowest advertised price for every item that you need, circle the item and price in each circular, and take all of the circulars to the closest store that “price matches,” meaning they will honor any other store’s lower price. Walmart and Target stores have a national price matching policy.  Call your local stores ahead of time to ask if they price match and many will match competitors’ prices if you ask. Save time, money and gas!

8. Backpacks. For younger children, the $5 to $10 backpacks on sale at discount and drugstores may be all they need.  As students get older, it could be worth investing in a higher quality backpack to last several years. You can expect a good backpack to last a few years and provide the necessary support and padding for heavier books.
9. Shoes. The back to school season is the busiest time of year for shoe sales.  As a result, stores have many special promotions to get our attention.  Because common promotions are “buy one pair, get the second pair 50% off” it makes sense to take your entire family shoe shopping together.  If you can find a coupon to use along with special promotions, you will really save. And, if you know the size and style of shoe you need, check online shoe retailers for bargain prices, coupons and free shipping to save time and money.

10. Wait and save with online shopping. Shop summer sales to get a few new items for the beginning of the year. Then, wait to shop for fall/winter clothing in a month or so when those items start going on sale.  Check the retailers’ websites for special coupons, promotions and free shipping offers.

Stephanie Nelson, The Coupon MomStephanie Nelson is the Coupon Mom. Her website, www.CouponMom.com, has 7 million members, and she is established as the nation’s top expert in couponing across the country. Stephanie has been on every major national television talk show and taught millions how to save money for the past 13 years. She has been called ‘”the rock star of the recession” by the Washington Post and her book, The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, is a New York Times best seller.

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