I am ready to embrace Spring weather, and so are my kids. As the temperature creeps back up into the 60’s and 70’s, we are shedding our layers and running to the nearest park. It seems that in my office, every time I see an overweight child, their parent explains away their weight gain as the result of a long Winter spent snacking indoors. I hear ya. My activity level drops while my waist band expands when the weather prohibits me from being active outdoors, so I am looking forward to reversing that trend.
This is the perfect time of year to not only Spring clean my house, but my bad habits. Fresh fruits and salads are filling my kitchen and we are dusting off our outdoor toys. We are lucky to live near a number of great Philadelphia parks and we augment our time there with trips to some of our favorite outdoor play places, like the Philadelphia Zoo, Smith Playground, Franklin Square, and Sister Cities. We are looking forward to the return of the Spruce Street Harbor Park (this year with a roller rink!) and will also return to the Washington Avenue Green. Of course, some of our favorite Spring events are the plethora of street festivals, like the upcoming South Street Spring Festival.
For all of my patients looking to add some healthy habits into their lifestyle, Spring in Philly makes it easy. I am also aiming to model healthier habits for my children this Spring and am looking forward to all the places this will take us together.
What is your favorite Spring activity in Philadelphia?