Healthy living doesn’t come easily to anyone, and that includes kids, especially when they’re so influenced by the values of an overweight, under-moving culture. Luckily, slogans are a fun way to reach kids of all ages, from thoughts on healthy eating and exercise to positive thinking and taking care of the environment.
Health Is Wealth
Health starts with good eating. For the younger crowd, try fun slogans like “Eat your veggies-have less wedgies!” or slight brain-teasers like “If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?” If you’re in the mood for a serious slogan, try “5-2-1-0.” This is a recipe for a healthy life as prescribed by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and stands for 5 servings of fruits and veggies, 2 hours or less computer/television time, an hour of physical activity and no sweetened drinks.
Exercise Is Essential
Everyone knows how important exercise is, but it may take a little extra push to get kids to really buckle down. “Run for your lives!” is a fun way to get kids inspired, as is “Stay strong, live long!” If your kids are older and possess a good sense of humor, you can lighten the mood during exercise with phrases like “Your mom called. You left your game at home” or “You talk the talk but can you walk the walk?” When used correctly, these slogans can be inspirational, but be careful -- sensitive kids might react the wrong way.
Get Your Mind Right
Older kids, especially those in middle school who are struggling with their identities, can benefit from slogans that help them keep the right frame of mind. Although at this age they are likely to be cynical about slogans, they still make an impact, especially when respected role models seem to believe them. You can help kids balance their priorities with slogans like “A mind is a terrible thing to waste and a waist is a terrible thing to mind!” Phrases such as “Why put off feeling good?” help kids think about appreciating the moment.
Kids love to learn about the environment, and giving them catchy phrases to hold onto helps the lessons stick. When teaching them about fire safety, offer gems like “One tree can make a million matches. One match can destroy a million trees.” If you’re trying to instill the importance of water, try “Don’t let the water run in the sink, our life’s on the brink!” or “Put a stop to the drop.” For older kids who appreciate a little wisdom, try, “A drop of water is worth more than a sack of gold to a thirsty man.”