Back to School Tips for the Healthy Family
It’s that time of year again! Kiddos are going back to school and parents are getting them ready for it.
For the health-conscious family, it can be challenging to keep on top of healthy lifestyle practices at this time of year. Especially when the kids are not at home and the parents have less say in what they are eating, drinking, and doing!
So today, we are going to talk about some ways to stay on top of health during the back-to-school phase, as well as some school-related products that support this goal!
Back to School Health Tips
1. Pack a Lunch
Probably one of the biggest things a parent can do to promote health for their children who are going back to school is to pack them a lunch. It might sound a bit rudimentary, but seriously, the food that kids are being fed in school cafeterias is not what we want them to be eating!
If you are looking for a user-friendly lunch box for your kiddo, check out these less-toxic options:
This one is stainless steel and has four little sections. It is a tiny little box, perfect for a toddler or as a snack box!
This box is also stainless steel, but full-size for an older child. It has three compartments; perfect for a sandwich and two sides.
If you prefer plastic, this one is BPA free and comes in a set of three. It has three compartments as well.
Last but not least, here is a glass option that has a really cool compartment in the top with a knife, fork, and spoon! It has three sections inside and also comes in a set of three.
2. Use an Alarm Clock
We all know how stressful it is when we don’t get up on time and are rushing around to get out of the house! And when you have to get the kids ready for school on top of that, it can be extra stressful!
We also know that stress is not healthy and can lead to other health problems. So, avoid the up-late stress by getting to bed early and setting an alarm!
Having our phones in our bedrooms can cause sleep problems and other health issues, so it’s best to use a real, old-fashioned alarm clock. Here is one that is really simple to operate, so that even the little guys can do it all themselves.
3. Encourage Movement
Kids are made to move, and after sitting in a classroom all day, they tend to be especially wiggly!
If you can get them outside for a few minutes of active play in the morning, they will get all the benefits of the early sun while moving their bodies. Exercise also helps our brains to focus better, so doing this before school can help with retaining information. And of course, it’s important to get them outside and moving later in the day too, after they have been sitting all day long!
Another consideration for kids is backpack health. Movement is good and carrying things can be good, but backpacks can also throw the back out of alignment. Read this article for some insights into how to protect your child from backpack-related injuries.
Enjoy the back-to-school season!
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