Tips for a Healthy School Year

tips-for-a-healthy-school-yearKeeping your children healthy when they’re constantly surrounded by germs is difficult. Especially when children want to touch everything! These healthy tips will guarantee your child has an incredible school year.

Healthy Lunches

A diet that is high in fruits and vegetables as well as iron rich foods will help to strengthen your child’s immune system.

Check out some great healthy lunch ideas here.

Healthy Habits

Teaching your child healthy daily habits will assist them in preventing the spread of germs.

Get your children used to clean hands by washing their hands often or using hand sanitizer when necessary. Do they know the proper way to wash their hands? Washing with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds does the trick. Have them sing row, row, row your boat while washing their hands.

We know kids naturally love to share things, however, it’s not a good idea to share eating utensils or cups due to viruses and bacteria being transmitted easily.

Play! Children need to get plenty of exercise to help their mind and bodies remain healthy.

Ensure your children are getting enough sleep. Try to stick to a bedtime routine, whatever works for your family is great, keeping a routine will allow your child to know what to expect each night. Limit nighttime use of electronics, not only will your child rather stay up playing, but the lights from the screen can interfere with falling asleep and staying asleep.

Habits to Prevent Cold & Flu

Teach your children the proper way to cough and sneeze, cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of their elbow – never with their hands! The goal is for them to avoid touching their eyes or mouth during the school day. These are the easiest points for the cold virus to enter your child’s body.
Choosing the right backpack for your child can make a world of difference for comfort and functionality. Carrying a heavy backpack can take a toll on your child’s back. If the school allows it, rolling backpacks are a great option. If not, try to find a backpack with padded shoulder straps to add extra comfort.

Make certain it’s the correct size for your child – you don’t want it too large or too small. Always make sure they are using both straps and they are tightened properly.

Children should only carry necessary items – your child’s backpack should not weigh more that 10% of their body weight.

Organizing and distributing items properly within your child’s backpack will help to lessen the strain on their backs. You want heavier items placed closest to the back, whereas lighter items such as pens, pencils, etc., you want them placed towards the outside of the bag. A healthy child is a happy child!

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