By Mindy Longhurst
This week is Healthy Back to School Week! Since August is coming to a close, school is fast approaching. This week is all about getting prepared and ready for the new school year to start. Below are some tips to make sure your kids are ready.
Get some food ready for some healthy school lunches and meals. Kids love to eat and it helps them to be able to focus in class when they are eating a healthy balanced diet.
Many schools will require their students to receive physical check-ups to make sure that the children are healthy and are up to date on their immunizations. Along with school physicals, make sure your athletes receive a sports physical as well.
Find a new physician if you have moved
If you moved during the summer, make sure to find a physician in your local area. It is much easier to take the time to find a doctor now before school starts.
Start going to bed earlier
About a week or two before school starts make sure that you start slowly getting your kids on a regular sleep schedule. Have them start going to bed earlier and waking up earlier so when school starts they are used to a regular routine.
Review emergency plan
Before the start of the school year, make sure to review (and if needed revise) your family’s emergency plan. That way your children will know what to do if an emergency happens while they are at school. Have a copy of the emergency plan put in each child’s backpack.
Set aside some bonding time
Between the back to school shopping and preparing for the school year, make sure to set aside some family bonding time. If you need some ideas, visit our recent article about family fun month https://byunursing.wordpress.com/2018/08/13/family-fun-month/.