4 Tips for Staying Healthy As We Head Back to School
Can you believe that school has begun in Brevard County, meaning that summer is unofficially over? Luckily, we can still enjoy the beach and pool, but we do have to make sure our kids are headed back to school with some healthy habits under their belts.
- Hand Washing The most effective way to avoid spreading or catching germs is hand washing. Encourage your kids to wash their hands often (especially before heading to the cafeteria for lunch) and to scrub for at least 20 seconds.
- Healthy Breakfast Don't let your kids skip breakfast! Studies have shows that kids who eat breakfast perform better academically than kids who don't. Make it easy for them by having some grab and go breakfast items if they don't have time for a typical sit down breakfast. Or, if necessary, remind them that they can get breakfast at school. Did you know that all Brevard County public schools offer breakfast every morning, free of charge? Take advantage!
- Drink Water - The weather is still so hot when our kids head back to school, however, that doesn't stop them from spending time outside for PE and/or recess. Make sure they are getting enough water and avoiding sugar-sweetened, calorie-heavy beverages. Send them to school with their own insulated water bottle to make it easy for them to drink water throughout the day. Staying hydrated is essential to good health.
- Reinstate Sleep Schedules - Make sure your children have made the switch from summertime sleep schedules to school-year sleep schedules. Try to keep bedtime consistent throughout the week, aiming for at least 8-10 hours of sleep per night. Cut off the TV, video games, computer, and cell phone usage at least an hour before going to bed for an easier transition to sleep. A good night's sleep can translate to improved academic performance.