Over the Summer, we tend to be a little more relaxed on the schedules and routine. Bedtimes often shift later and later. Our eating habits tend to shift as well. The Summer is a great time to bend the rules just a little and indulge. How can you not when the weather is beautiful?
However, when back to school looms it is important to shift focus to getting back in control your lifestyle, creating healthier habits for yourself and your family.
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Here are 8 back-to-school health tips that will you get you and your child on the right track for what’s sure to be a healthy school year ahead:
Establish a excellent sleep routine: Back-to-school typically means the end to those late night bedtimes that we grow to know and love over the Summer months. Studies show that it is recommend that Preschoolers sleep 11-13 hours each night, children aged 6-13 years sleep 9 to 11 hours each night, and teenagers sleep 9 1/4 hours each night. Establishing a good sleep routine before heading back to class is beneficial. It is best to try to get in the habit of trying to go to bed earlier and waking earlier at least one or two weeks before school starts. With a new school year starting, it can sometimes interfer with a child’s sleep schedule. If your child experiences trouble falling asleep, you can try products like Orange Naturals Sleep Tight for Kids to help calm and relax those overactive little minds.
Maintain Healthy Eating Habits: Over the summer it is easy to fall in the loophole of allowing treats here and there, perhaps a little more than usual. Try to break that habit come the start of the school year ensuring your child eats three wholesome meals over the day and healthy snacks in between. You can check out Canada’s Food Guide for recommendations on the right amount and type of food that your family should be trying to consume each day. In addition to eating healthy, start each day with an Orange Naturals ND Shake for Kids. It combines just the right amount of plant protein, greens and superfruits for kids, with a delicious taste that will make them happy to drink their veggies!
Stay on Top of Those Vitamins and Supplements: Remember to have your child take their probiotics and multivitamin daily to give their immune system that extra bit of a boost.
Get All Those Doctors Visits Out of the Way: Towards the end of the Summer is a prime time to take your children in for their annual doctor’s visit. As well, it is an opportunity to book your child in for an eye exam and dental check-up to make sure your child’s health makes the grade.
Create a Quiet Studying and Homework Environment: Find an area in your home that your child with associate to being conducive with doing their homework. Whether this be the home office, bedroom or kitchen table. It is always best to ensure the study area is away from the TV and electronics. Schedule a time each day that your child will sit down and work through their homework and study materials. If you find your child has trouble focusing, you can try products like Orange Naturals Focus for Kids, which helps to improve their concentration and attention span. However, if you find your child is really struggling with a subject be sure to speak to their teacher about the proper measures you can both take to help your child along.
Get and Remain Active: The start of the school year is a busy time, which can minimize the amount of time your child has to be physically active. Focusing on allocating 60 minutes each day for you and your child to be active together.
Remind your Children of Proper Hand Washing Techniques: Back to school also means back to school. Before your child heads back to class go over proper hand washing techniques with your child to help them minimize the spread of germs.
“Here’s how to scrub those germs away. Teach this routine to your kids — or better yet, wash your hands together often so they learn how important this good habit is:
1. Wash your hands in warm water. Make sure the water isn’t too hot for little hands.
2. Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds (antibacterial soap isn’t necessary — any soap will do). Make sure you get in between the fingers and under the nails where germs like to hang out. And don’t forget the wrists!
3. Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.” Source: Kids Health
Stay Hydrated: Ensure your child is drinking enough water over the day. Hydration is critical for proper immune system function. It helps to flush toxins from the body and assists your body in absorbing more nutrients efficiently. Staying hydrated will ultimately help to keep germs at bay while also providing you with better concentration and higher energy levels.
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