This Saturday, September 26, gather your family to get involved with National Family Health & Fitness Day, celebrated on the last Saturday in September.

This celebration promotes family involvement in physical activity, supporting one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. When families work to be healthy together, they are motivated together, and their success rate increases. Including exercise and a healthy diet into a family’s lifestyle takes buy-in from every family member.

Working as a family to reach healthy goals is more fun than doing it alone. There are many ways to achieve fitness together. Try getting a better level of wellness by cooking together. By cooking together, families learn more about each other as they know which flavors best fit their lifestyle. Another way to promote family health and fitness is to try a new exercise routine and cheering on each other.

If one family member finds success in an exercise or a certain diet, it challenges the other members to up their game and increases their own pace. Work together as a family and support each other to bike, walk, or stretch through to the next level.

Take some time this Saturday and bond as a family. Start with small goals such as healthy meal planning, grocery shopping as a family, or taking a hike together. When families make the experience a positive one, they also improve the bonds between each other. They grow together and develop new skills that they will carry with them for a lifetime.