In the world of education, the end of summer is a busy time as teachers, parents, and kids are gearing up for the beginning of a new semester. For some, this is a drastic shift from the summer schedule and may warrant an adjustment period. Here are a few tips for parents to help ease the summer-to-school transition, and to ensure your kids start the school year with healthy habits:
Establish a routine early
If the summer schedule changed, it can be difficult getting back into the swing of the school year. To avoid the overwhelming number of shocks to a child’s physical and mental system, it’s a good idea to establish a morning routine a week or two before school begins. This will help synchronize their biological clocks and encourage some autonomy for when it really counts.
Sleep is also an integral part of metabolism. The majority of our HGH (human growth hormone) is released during stage 3 of sleep. HGH is essential for normal growth and repair, but is needed in higher quantities...
We all know that sleep is important for people of all ages, but sleep patterns in childhood may set the stage for energy balance and overall maintenance of healthy weights.
A recent study indicates that children who sleep less may end up consuming more calories. 37 children ages 8-11 were randomly divided into two groups. In one group, normal sleep times were increased by 1.5 hours. In the other group, normal sleep times were decreased by 1.5 hours. The authors concluded that the increased sleep group had lower reported food intake, lower fasting leptin levels (a hormone that regulates appetite) and lower weight.
This finding is is only a piece of the puzzle as far as the enormous benefits of sufficient sleep, particularly as children grow and develop. Sleep supports this rapid growth and development of bodies and brains—and ultimately better concentration and performance, both mentally and physically.
President’s Day is this Monday and many Americans are approaching Friday morning in eager anticipation of the long weekend and Monday off.
As vacation time is rare, and as President’s Day is one of the few holidays that doesn’t include celebrating around copious amounts of food, it’s a great opportunity to do something for our health — whether on our own, with family or friends.
What can we do? First, we can rest! Adequate sleep is extremely important and most of us don’t get enough. So sleep in, nap or lounge a little!
Many often find it difficult to make time to exercise. Whether you make a solo trip to the gym, go for a walk, play with your kids, or perhaps are even traveling for the long weekend to place that offers different activities, use the time to move!
A little extra time also gives us the chance to try some healthy cooking. Whether preparing meals for the week to save time later on, trying something new, or experimenting with something ext...
Caffeine is a compound found in food and beverages. It is naturally produced in the leaves and seeds of many plants. The main food and beverage sources of caffeine are coffee, tea, kola nuts, and chocolate, but it is also produced artificially and added to certain foods, beverages and over the counter medications. Caffeine is considered a drug because it stimulates the nervous system leading to the “caffeine buzz” (increased alertness/elevated mood) people sometimes feel.
While caffeine is thought to be safe in moderate amounts for adults, teenagers need to limit their caffeine intake for a number of reasons.
First, teens usually get most of their caffeine from soft drinks and energy drinks. These beverages tend to have added sugar and artificial flavors, filling teens with empty calories (and often replacing more nutritious beverages and foods) and undesirable additives. Higher doses of caffeine ca...