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  • Dr. Brandy Ross

Back to School: Top Tips for Staying Healthy and Thriving

As we gear up for going back to school, it's essential to prioritize our health and well-being. The transition from lazy summer days to a structured school routine can be both exhilarating and demanding. Here are some things you can do as a family to stay healthy and thrive:

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1. Eat a Balanced Diet:

Rainbow of vegetables

Fuel your body and mind with protein and a rainbow of fruits and veggies! Protein will keep your kiddo's brain functioning in the classroom and a rainbow of fruits and veggies will provide the vitamins and minerals the immune system needs to fight off viruses.

2. Stay Hydrated:

Don't forget the power of water! Carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times and aim

Five water bottles with prints of solar system, sharks, ballerina, sea creatures, and unicorns

to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Staying hydrated is vital for maintaining and promoting healthy digestion, and supporting overall well-being. Here is a great stainless steel water bottle with a decent capacity for kids:

3. Prioritize Sleep:

A good night's sleep is essential for academic success. Establish a consistent sleep schedule, ensuring you get the recommended 9-12 hours of rest each night for ages 6-12 and teens need 8-10 hours a night. A well-rested mind is more alert, creative, and better equipped to handle challenges.

4. Practice Regular Body Movement:

Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Whether it's joining a sports team, taking dance classes, or simply going for a walk or jog, moving the body can reduce stress, improve mood, and boost your immune system.

5. Wash Hands Frequently:

School environments can harbor germs, so make handwashing a habit. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after using the restroom, and after coughing or sneezing.

6. Vaccinations:

Making sure your kiddo is up to date on vaccines is one way to keep themselves and others from catching vaccine-preventable illness. If you choose not to vaccinate your kiddos, make sure they stay home if they are showing signs of illness to help protect others.

7. Pack Healthy Snacks:

Several miniature cookie cutters in different fun shapes.

Instead of reaching for sugary or processed snacks, pack nutritious options like fruits, nuts, yogurt, or granola bars. Healthy snacks will keep you energized and focused throughout the day. Having trouble getting your kids to eat healthy food? One way is to cut it into fun shapes with these miniature cutters:

By incorporating these stay-healthy tips into your daily routine, you'll be better equipped to handle the challenges of the school year and enjoy a fulfilling learning experience. Remember, your well-being is the foundation for your success, so take care of yourself, stay positive, and embrace all the incredible opportunities that await you this school year!

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