Three Better Health Tips for Back to School
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.
Ensure a good night’s sleep Some research-backed tips for a good night’s sleep include: setting the room temperature to 60-70°F, avoiding caffeine at least 6 hours before dozing off, and avoiding eating foods that may cause indigestion right before lying down. To add, a new study suggests that going to sleep with a light on in the room may have adverse metabolic effects. This may be another good reason to consider weaning your child off a night light dependency, or at a minimum ensuring any screens in the room are turned off.
Print out & go over the lunch menu Kids are still learning how to properly balance their meals, and it may be beneficial to help them plan a well-rounded lunch in the dining hall ahead of time. Discuss the options being served that day and how to balance their plate with enough fruits and vegetables to fuel their brain in class or their body on the soccer field.
If you have any tried-and-true tips to add for staying healthy throughout the school year, please share them below!