The new school year is the perfect time to examine our habits and find ways that we can all be healthier. Here are some ways you can keep your kids healthy at school.
1. Pack lunches for your child
I’m sure schools would love to provide healthy lunches, but everyone has a budget. Most aren’t able to provide organic, farm-to-table options. You’ll have to take matters into your own hands. It’s a lot more work than handing your kid $5, but it’s worth it.
2. Use backpacks safely
I know a lot of kids use their bags as a fashion statement, but using them improperly can cause all sorts of back problems. Kids should wear both straps and wear it high on their back so their body carries the weight. Heavy items should be toward the back of the bag (closer to your child’s back) and they should only carry what they need (no more than 15% of their body weight).
3. Study ergonomically
This goes for classrooms and at home. Protect those bones and muscles by sitting properly in a chair (not the couch) with both feet on the floor. Try to get up every thirty minutes to stretch their legs and back. If they can’t stand, they should stretch out their legs and roll their shoulders.
4. Stay hydrated
I know some schools have policies about water bottles, but if possible, have your child carry one around during the day and fill it up at fountains as needed. This is especially important if they have a P.E. class during the day or go to a school without air conditioning.
5. Wash those hands!
Any time you’re in a place with lots of people coming and going, germs can spread. Encourage your kids to wash their hands before and after eating and after using the bathroom. A quick squirt of hand sanitizer every once in a while isn’t a bad idea either, like after they touch lunch tables, desks, etc.
6. Get plenty of sleep
An important component to a healthy life is regular, uninterrupted sleep. Your kids definitely need eight to nine hours of sleep every night. If they don’t have a rigid bedtime schedule, there’s no better time to start one than now.
7. Get vaccines up to date
Making sure your child has all vaccines is an important part of protecting him/her against potentially deadly diseases and protecting the community. Your doctor has probably administered all the necessary vaccines when your kids were younger, but ask if your child is due for any booster shots.
Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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