Make the Most of Family Fall Fun - Carson Tahoe Health

Autumn is a beautiful time of year and we want to know the best ways to enjoy it. Here’s our thoughts:

Autumn is a beautiful time of year, the weather becomes mild, the leaves begin to change color and the kids are back to learning great things about our world. Autumn in our region also offers some great planned outdoor activities for the whole family that are both fun and healthy, this weekend make plans to visit a local pumpkin patch, corn maze or even take the gorgeous drive over the Sierra to Apple Hill. These unique venues offer many benefits-they are educational, have a variety of things to try, offer wonderful healthy food options, give your family a chance to bond and maybe even build a yearly tradition. Active experiences with your family are likely to help build a healthy environment for positive growth, and remember that sunlight has some astounding benefits including the richest source of vitamin D, better sleep, happier outlook on life and protection from autoimmune diseases. But do remember a little sunlight goes a long way, so bring the sunscreen along and keep your skin protected, too.

For more information on area pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides and Apple Hill visit www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/NVpumpkins.php and http://applehill.com/. To learn more about the health benefits of sunlight, check out http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/articles/2008/06/24/host-of-health-benefits-attributed-to-sunlight.htm

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