Create a Family Physical Activity Policy

The Bansleys say that having a family physical activity policy makes them feel more accountable for keeping active. Check out the Bansley family's policy and then follow these instructions to come up with a policy of your own.

  1. Ask everyone to think about what they'd like to include in the policy.
  2. Hold a family meeting. Give everyone a chance to share their ideas.
  3. Using our re:activity template, print your policy on the computer, or write it out by hand. Decorate it any way you like.
  4. Have everyone sign the policy.
  5. Post it where you'll see it every day.
  6. Share your policy with us. Post a picture on our Families in motion Facebook page, tell us about it in the comment section below or email us.

What to include - Your family physical activity policy should touch on some or all of the following points:

  • Individual physical activity - Set a daily or weekly physical activity goal. Experts recommend 60 minutes a day for kids, but more is better.
  • Active family time - How often will you be active as a family? The Bansleys are striving for once a week.
  • Screen time - The Bansleys designated before 6 p.m. on school days and all day Saturday as screen free zones. See what experts recommend for your kids.
  • The great outdoors - Set a goal for spending time outside.
  • Active transportation - How will you build physical activity into your day by walking or biking to get around? The Bansleys take the stairs, park in the far corner of parking lots and walk instead of driving whenever they can.
  • Unstructured and structured activity - Don't forget to include a mix of structured (e.g. organized sport or an exercise class) and unstructured (e.g. a game of tag or a bike ride) activity.