Head back to school with a fresh, healthy start.
Start new bedtimes early
Sleep disruption can lead to weakened immune systems, poor focus and cranky behavior. When school starts up, you don’t want to deal with any of those issues. Begin establishing school year bedtimes a couple of weeks before school starts to get your child accustomed to earlier bedtimes and earlier mornings.
Have a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day. It helps kids stay charged and focused during the school day. It also helps fight obesity. According to KidsHealth.org, people who don't eat breakfast often consume more calories throughout the day and are more likely to be overweight. Focus on breakfast foods high in fiber and protein and low in sugar. Sweet cereals aren’t generally a great breakfast idea on school days.
Get appropriate checkups
Depending on your child’s age, she may require a physical or immunizations before school starts. Check with your school district and sports organizations to find out if your child needs a checkup. Make sure you give yourself enough time to schedule the appointment.
Brush up on safety
Before school starts, talk to your children about safety. If your child bikes to school, talk about traffic rules and helmet use. If your child takes the bus, make sure you’ve discussed the entire routine. Even if you drive your child to school, it’s important to talk about stranger safety. Discuss drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. Make sure your child knows she can talk to you if she experiences bullying.
For more information on Back-to-School healthy and keeping your family healthy, visit us online at the Medical Center of McKinney. For answers to your health questions or a free physician referral, call our physician referral line at 855-296-6265.
Breakfast: Benefits for Children