Healthy School Habits
It’s hard to believe another school year has started! Some parents may rejoice while their kids despair that school is back in session, but the routine of the school year offers a great opportunity to build healthy habits.
Here are some healthy habits you can implement to make this school year the best one yet!
- Get Plenty of Rest – It is estimated that children between the ages of 5-12 need an average of 9-11 hours of sleep a night. Even once children reach their teenage years (13-18), the recommended amount of sleep is still relatively high at 8 – 10 hours. During the school year, there are high demands on your child’s time, so make sure to make sleep a priority because it is essential to your child’s health and development.
- Eat a Good Breakfast – Breakfast will help jump start your day with energy if you pack it with the right nutrients! So stay away from those sugary cereals and try oatmeal as an alternative—it can still be quick and easy for those busy mornings, but it will give your children longer lasting energy for the day. But don’t just stop with breakfast, continue your child’s healthy eating habits throughout the day by making sure they’re getting enough fruits and veggies!
- Get Moving – I actually loved school, but sometimes it has a bad reputation for being boring, and I can see why. You spend most of the day sitting down which can be hard for a child full of energy! So afterschool, encourage your child to get moving and spend an hour playing their favorite sport or doing some kind of activity like riding a bike or roller skating that requires physical activity. It will allow them to use up some of that stored up energy and encourage a healthy active lifestyle.
- Stay Away from Too Much Screen Time – With school, homework, exercise and healthy sleep habits, there is little room for too much time in front of the TV or on the Internet. It would be best to limit additional screen time outside of school to less than 2 hours a day.
- Wash Your Hands – The start of the new school year also means cold/flu season is just around the corner. Protect yourself from germs by washing your hands after bathroom use, coughing/sneezing, blowing your nose, and before meals.
With these healthy habits, your child will be well on their way to a happy and successful school year, and it will instill healthy values in them that will extend well past their school days!