Tips to Keep Your Kids Healthy at School

Now that your kids are heading back in school, here are four tips to keep them healthy during the school year . . .

1.  Fix their sleep schedule.  Kids tend to stay up later in summer, so adjusting to a new sleep schedule when school starts can be hard at first.  A good trick is to set your kids’ bedtime about 15 minutes earlier each night, until you reach the point that works with their school schedule.

2.  Get a checkup.  If your kids haven’t had their annual physical or vaccinations yet, it’s time to do that.  Also make sure the school has any medications they need on hand . . . and that your emergency contact information is up-to-date.

 3.  Make healthy lunches.  A good rule of thumb is to pack a lunch with a whole-grain item, a protein, a fruit, a veggie, and dairy like yogurt or milk.  And always pack a drink, since hydration is important too.

 4.  Go over hand-washing.  Since you won’t be supervising their hand-washing when they’re at school, make sure they know how and when to wash their hands.  (Consumer Reports)