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Family wellness is more than diet and exercise, although that does play a large role in staying healthy. It’s about communication, spending time together, and making lifelong memories. No matter how old or young your kids are, no one is ever too old for family time (even if they tell you differently).

May is the perfect time to come up with new ways to spend time together because, after all, it is National Family Wellness Month! We’ve taken a little bit of time to help you out by brainstorming seven easy ways to improve your family’s overall wellness.

Pick a sport and play together. When the weather is right, head outside and play ball together. Sports like kickball and badminton are perfect for all ages—so call the grandparents and invite them along! Everyone needs a reason to get outside!

Visit out-of-town family… without technology in the car! Road trips are all about singing along to the radio, counting livestock, and playing roadside bingo—not about who gets to use the iPad the longest. Also, by visiting out-of-town relatives you are keeping up healthy relationships with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Get fit with Wii Fit. Rainy days happen. When they do, grab the Wii games and start moving. From dancing to rafting to bowling anything is better than slouching!

Set a personal health goal. Colds aren’t the only thing that is contagious in your house! When you set a health goal, such as eating a balanced breakfast or going on after-dinner walks, it is guaranteed to catch on.

Have a family game night. Board games never go out of style! Games like Monopoly, Sorry! and The Game of Life challenges your kids’ critical thinking and math skills without them even knowing it. Plus, it’s a great way to spend time together.

Go green! And we’re talking in more ways than one. You and your family should discuss what you could be doing to become more sustainable. The first step is teaching your kids how to recycle properly. Maybe you even need to brush up on your recycling skills! The other way your family needs to go ‘green’ is to eat more greens! Spinach, broccoli, asparagus, and green beans are all delicious!

Just spend time together! Any way you can. Hiking, exploring, biking, treasure hunting, cooking, volunteering—stick to the words that end with “-ing” and go for it!