Kids are back to school, and the cool weather is back. Here are some ways to keep your children and family healthy this season:
Wash your hands! It's a simple way to prevent lots of infections as kids go back to school.
Get a flu shot. Every year, influenza sends thousands of kids to the doctor, and can be dangerous for the very young, the very old, and those with health problems like asthma. Give us a call to schedule an appointment with a nurse or your provider so your child can be protected. Parents and caregivers should call their doctor--or visit their local pharmacy to get vaccinated.
Pack healthy school lunches and snacks. Instead of cookies, pack an apple or some grapes, or some baby carrots. Think yogurt instead of chips. Send water instead of juice.
Have family dinners. Children who eat dinners with their family do better in school, are more likely to be at a healthy weight, and more likely to stay out of trouble. As often as possible, get everyone sitting down together. It's a great way to check in with each other, too.
Get your child active. As the weather cools, lots of people naturally come indoors and get less active. It doesn't have to be that way. With the proper outerwear, kids can play outside all year. There are also lots of indoor activities. Check out your local YMCA or community center; www. healthyfamilyfun.org has news and information about ways and places to exercise. You can exercise at home, too--look for active video games, or just turn on the music and have a dance party!
Make sure your child gets enough sleep. Between homework and cell phones, many kids (especially teens) don't get enough sleep. Your child should be getting at least 8 hours every night. To help make that happen, help your child manage his time to get homework done earlier, shut off the screens, and charge laptops and phones outside of the bedroom.