Can you believe a new school year has begun? Getting back into the swing of things can be tough, but that’s no reason to let your family’s health go by the way-side! Here are a few quick tips to ensure a healthy school year for your whole family.
Meals: Healthy meals are vital to your child’s development and academic performance and the start of the school year is the perfect time to re-emphasize time importance of maintaining a healthy diet. Begin each day with a nutritious breakfast. Stock your kitchen with healthy foods that your child likes. If you child wishes to have a packed lunch, help them pack easy-to-eat fruits, veggies, low-fat cheeses, yogurt, and different high protein, low sugar options like hummus.
Sleep Schedule: A good night’s rest is a very important factor in your child’s physical health and is key to keeping them focused throughout the day. Your child might be used to staying up late, but ease them into a new routine by going to bed a little earlier each night.
Bus Stop: When school starts, many students cross the street to get on and off the bus. Be sure to always remind your child to look both ways before crossing the street. If your child walks to and from school, make sure they have proper clothes for weather conditions. And, a reminder to all of those behind the wheel, please pay attention as children will be crossing the streets all throughout Indiana County and beyond!
Wellness Check-up: Before your child participates in any after-school sports, be sure that a physician evaluates your child’s overall health and fitness level to avoid an unwanted injury. And while you’re at it, make an appointment for your own annual wellness check-up! You can request an appointment with any of our family physicians here.
Immunizations: Check with your family physician to be sure that your child’s vaccination record is up-to-date. Flu season will be quickly approaching; don’t forget to get a flu vaccine! Flu season is typically from October-March, so get a head start on building you and your child’s immune systems by scheduling flu shots for the family sometime in September.
Backpack Safety: Your child will more than likely be bringing books, binders and papers home throughout the school year. When a child carries a backpack that is too heavy for them, the spine can compress unnaturally and lead to shoulder, neck, and/or back pain. To avoid this, make sure your child’s backpack has broad shoulder straps and is no more than 15% of your child’s weight.
Medical Conditions/Emergency Contacts: It is important to keep your child’s teachers, school administrators and nurse informed about any allergies to avoid any potentially serious situations. Additionally, be sure to provide a current copy of your family’s emergency contact list to your child’s school.