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Healthy Lifestyle Tips For Back To School

When back to school time arrives, things tend to get a little hectic. While getting into the new daily routine, it can be easy for parents and kids alike to put healthy habits on the back burner in favor of more convenient options. Following these tips can help you and your family keep things healthy during the back to school transition.

  • Eat breakfast. The morning time crunch can make it easy to just rush everyone out the door, but take the time to make sure that both you and your children eat breakfast. Eating breakfast helps kids do better in school and gives you the energy you need to make it through the day. Simple breakfasts like hardboiled eggs with fruit, instant oatmeal with a glass of milk, or whole wheat toast with peanut butter are nutritious and easy to make quickly.
  • Stay hydrated. Avoid the temptation to pack sweet, sugary drinks in the kids’ lunches or rely on sweetened coffee drinks to get you through busy mornings. Try a reusable water bottle for lunches, and consider plain coffee or tea to give you energy with fewer calories.
  • Fill up on fruits and veggies. Many different types of produce are in season during the back to school time. Take advantage of the variety of offerings by including fruits and veggies in lunch boxes and dinners at home. Fruit can also be a great dessert alternative.
  • Set a bedtime schedule. Over summer vacation, many kids become accustomed to staying up later and sleeping in, which can cause challenges when the time comes to go to bed earlier and wake up for school. A few weeks before school starts, transition into a sleep schedule that will help your children wake up at the proper time and have enough energy to take on the day. You may want to set a routine to help them get used to an earlier bedtime.
  • Make sure all immunizations are up to date. Certain vaccinations are required by school systems, but older members of your family may be due for their booster shots, too. A booster for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis will not only protect your immunity but also helps to protect infants who are too young to be vaccinated. Flu season is right around the corner, so make sure everyone in your family gets a flu shot, too.

Even when you do everything right to help promote a healthy lifestyle, every child eventually catches a cold or a classroom “bug.”

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