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Here's How to Keep Your Kids Healthy for School

By Virginia Laird

Summer is a time to get off schedule and out of routine. If your family is much like the mine, they take the cake on this. However, as the first day of school approaches, getting back into the routine of getting up, getting dressed, and going about daily life can prove to be quite the challenge. Health and wellness experts advise that many find themselves turning their back to healthy choices when it comes to getting back into school routine. In light of these concerns, these experts have offered several things you can do to help keep your kids healthy as they head back to the classroom, including:

  • Take your lunch to school
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Get back in routine before the first day of school

Take Your Lunch to School

When trying to stay healthy throughout the school year, one tip suggested by health and wellness experts is to pack your child's lunch for school. While school cafeteria personnel work diligently to provide a balanced meal, the laws surrounding these meals require far too many calories to be on each tray. For most, this is far more than is typical. Consuming too many calories can be the cause of weight gain. Taking a lunch to school can allow you the ability to pack the number of calories your child needs, which is generally far less than the school tray.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Getting enough sleep is another way to help keep you and your children healthy throughout the school year. For some, this can prove to be a struggle after living summer on a whim. Sleep experts have compiled a list of suggested amounts of sleep for people of all ages. Consult this list when trying to determine if you and your family are getting enough sleep. Before too long it will be flu season and getting plenty of sleep can help protect you and your family from this illness.

Stop Skipping Breakfast

Breakfast has long been hailed as an important part of the day. Feeding the body in the mornings works similar to fueling a car. Without proper nutrition it can be difficult for the body to function. Health and wellness experts advise that eating breakfast can help the brain to focus, which can be essential for your children while at school. Research suggests that eating breakfast can help get the metabolism working each day. For those who find eating in the morning to be a struggle, there are plenty of alternative options that offer the nutrition needed to get the body going, including meal replacement bars and shakes.

Now is the time to begin getting your children as excited as can be about heading back to the classroom! Make this school year the best yet!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Augusta, Ga.

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