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Monday, 25 January 2016

Inspiring healthy living with Disney's #HealthilyEverAfter

Disney have been entertaining children and families with storytelling, imaginative play and a sprinkling of magic for over 90 years and are now inspiring us all to lead a healthier lifestyle with their #HealthilyEverAfter campaign:-


We love Disney in our household and Disney movies have been an integral part of both my own and my children's childhood so it was pretty easy for us to get involved and join in with #HealthilyEverAfter.


After a family discussion I was surprised at just how many of the Disney characters inspired us to stay healthy. We chatted about how we like to swim underwater like Ariel, how we can dance like Princess Aurora and how we take part in Monster Olympics just like Sulley and Mike. In fact it's easy to include any of your children's favourite character in encouraging a healthier lifestyle with a little creativity.

Encouraging our children to eat their breakfast


Sometimes it's a real struggle ensuring that my children eat all of their breakfast (especially on a school day when time is of the essence). We decided to make the meal a lot more fun by adding our favourite Disney soft toy to the table and letting him join in too. Everyone wants to grow up to be big and strong like Sulley. The kids loved this simple idea and breakfast time was suddenly fun again. They cleaned their bowls without any fuss. 



Encouraging our family to eat their five a day


When we are out and about at the weekend we will usually stop at a tearoom for cake or even worse - a pub for lunch! We made a change this week and packed our bag with bananas for our weekend walk. Before the children could moan, we explained that it was all part of a game and we all pretended to act like King Louie from The Jungle Book. The kids were delighted when mum and dad joined in and although we did have a few odd looks from other people in the park, our children were eating one of their five a day without even realising it.

Getting our family excited about playing outside


We decided to make our trip to the park that little bit more exciting by adding an element of Disney fun to our trip. One of our favourite Disney films is Dumbo so we decided to take a leaf (or should that be feather??) out of his book and have the courage to fly through the sky ourselves using Monkey bars, Fireman's poles and Swings. Playing in the park was suddenly so much more fun when we discovered we could fly!

Take a look at our own short #HealthilyEverAfter video to watch us in action:-




We have all thoroughly enjoyed joining in with #HealthilyEverAfter and it is something that we are keen to carry on throughout the year. A few simple ideas using characters our children already adore can really make a difference in encouraging us all to lead a healthier lifestyle. 

Visit www.DisneyHealthyLiving.co.uk for further inspiration. You'll find lots of ideas ranging from Olaf-themed Bento boxes to a Bare Necessities juice recipe and instructions on how to play Rapunzel's Frying Pan Tennis.


 How do you encourage your family to be healthier and more active? 



This post is part of Disney’s #HealthilyEverAfter campaign with BritMums, sponsored by Disney. Share your stories and be inspired at DisneyHealthyLiving.co.uk and live Healthily Ever After (#HealthilyEverAfter)

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22 comments

  1. Such a good idea. I feel that the world we live in is filled with quick easy and not always healthy options but from a young age its important for them to be getting their fruit and veg! Was a lovely read, we as kids were always fuelled on lots of vegetables and my mam was always trying more to get us to eat more fruit too.

    Well done! X

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  2. That's such a good idea to get the kids to be healthier. You don't realise until you think about Disney movies in more detail x

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  3. Its great how characters can influence children! I hope the healthy eating goes well xx

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  4. What a brilliant idea! I love Disney and I'm hoping my girls will too. I am already subconciously doing this by telling my toddler "this is special Elsa donner" when she won't eat.

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  5. Come to think of it I have never seen Disney characters as health advocates but you are so right! They really do promote healthy living!

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  6. A great idea to help kids to eat more healthily. I try and lead by example in our family, as I know there are always little eyes watching!

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  7. Characters influence the children a lot. Great idea.

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  8. This is such a great idea! Disney films can actually educate kids about quite a lot of things if you think about it :)

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  9. I love this idea, definitely something to share with my sister, my niece will refuse all food except chicken soup currently x

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  10. Disney for the win!!! Those are great sounding ideas and can see how it's hard to not want to take part in an healthy lifestyle with those tips.

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  11. I love disney movies and a story where there is always a moral. It feels like I didn't waste time watching it. Great post!

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  12. I think it is so great that Disney are doing this. They are so hugely influential when it comes to kids, so it's good that they are putting that to good use.

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  13. I could totally work this on my daughter, she would love to do what you have been doing.

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  14. I love Monsters Inc. - what a great toy!

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  15. Such great ideas! I wouldn't have thought of these when my children were young, but it looks like such a good way of encouraging them to get more involved! Thank you sfor sharing

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  16. This is such a great idea. I'd never of thought of this. I like turning exercise into a game, so my brother doesn't even know he's doing it. Football is great.

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  17. That's such a great idea! I tend to tell them they get muscles if they eat more greens! x

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  18. This really is the cutest idea! My daughters would love this - am definitely going to employ the same tactics with them ;) x

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  19. Great ideas I am lucky that the younger 3 are always happy to eat breakfast and I agree the Frozen cereal always goes down well here

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  20. What a fabulous idea! I love Disney and think that this is a great idea to encourage children xxx

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  21. Loving the inspiration. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

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  22. Lovely ideas. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

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